Highmoor Nursery's Learning & Development

Every child at Highmoor Nursery is regarded as a unique individual, and each have their own interests and learning styles. The staff work closely with their Key children and parents to ensure that every child has the same opportunities to develop at their own pace. This allows the staff to build on what the children already know and plan activities to develop each child's next steps. This is done through play and exploration, by undertaking child initiated activities and adult focused experiences, within an enabling environment, both inside and outside, whilst following the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.

There are seven areas of learning and development which are all important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and four areas building on their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three prime areas are:

• Communication and Language - involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

What's your favourite thing about Nursery?
"I like it when I eat my lunch at Nursery!"

• Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

• Personal, social and emotional development - involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Children also need support in the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

• Literacy - development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading material (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interests.

• Mathematics - involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, space and measures.

• Understanding the world - involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

What's your favourite thing about Nursery?
"I like making cow biscuits"

• Expressive arts and design - involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

To support this learning programme we have specialists who teach extra-curricular activities.

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