The nursery curriculum is based on the Department for Education's Guidance: Early Years Foundation Stage. EYFS identifies seven key areas of learning made up of three prime areas of learning and development:
· Communication and language
· Physical development
· Personal, social and emotional development
And four specific areas of learning and development:
· Understanding the world
· Expressive arts and design
Our nursery rooms offer a range of high quality resources and activities that are planned around these key areas to support each individual child in their learning and development. Children are assigned a key person who will undertake regular observations and assessments, recording children’s experiences within individual learning journeys.
Blenheim Nursery offers a caring environment which, through play and exploration, promotes children's learning and development. All children and families are valued and respected by our dedicated team who recognise that each child is individual and has needs that should be met in an atmosphere that celebrates diversity. Children need acceptance and approval in order to develop a positive concept of self and grow in confidence and self esteem. We see our parents as partners, foster positive relationships and work together to enable children to reach their full potential and promote their health, development and well being through a process of observation, assessment and planning for next steps.
We also have a qualified Special Educational Needs and Disability coordinators and two qualified 1-1 support workers who's primary focus is to support children with additional needs.
Partnership working with parents is embedded into the nursery ethos. Lead practitioners offer home visits at initial registration, parents are invited to attend conferences to discuss their child’s progress at nursery. Questionnaires, regular newsletters, a parents' board and topic activity sheets for our three plus groups keeps parents updated and provides the opportunity to be involved in the school community, nursery and children's learning.