We plan long term: for the year ahead; medium term; for the next short term; weekly and daily. This ensures that the children receive an appropriate curriculum, that their individual developmental needs are considered and that our long term aims for the Nursery are met. Plans remain flexible to ensure that we are able to follow children’s interests as they occur.
The importance of play in the nursery cannot be emphasised enough. It is the medium through which children constantly learn things about themselves and the world around them. In the nursery, structured play is planned regularly, but spontaneous play is also valued and supported in line with government guidelines.
In our planning we use the practice guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage as recommended by the Department for Education. This focuses on three prime areas and four specific areas. They allow for development and provide a foundation for later learning in the National Curriculum:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
It is through access to a broad, balanced curriculum that your child will be encouraged to develop as a whole person: socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually and aesthetically.