The Learning Centre is the entire top floor of the nursery. It’s the pre-school room and we focus on giving children all they need to ensure that they make the smooth transition to school. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) principles. This covers a broad range of knowledge and skills. However, learning is still child-led and our staff will allow children to learn through play.
The EYFS is also used in the first year of primary school and so we believe that nursery will give your child a head-start when going to school because they will be used to the principles applied at school. Your child will be ready and able to learn. We have over the years developed great links with the local primary schools and can advise you on this when the time comes.
“Links with the local schools have been developed very well. As a result the reception teachers visit the children in the nursery so they can get to know the children who will be moving to their school. Children are therefore very well prepared for their transitions, such as moving to the next stage in the nursery or school.”
OFSTED Inspection Report May 2014
The EYFS covers three Prime areas and four Specific areas of learning that are all interconnected: Personal, social and emotional development, Communication and language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive Art and Design. These areas support and develop the Three Characteristics of Effective Learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. We ensure that these are incorporated into your child’s routines through a variety of activities – both indoor and outdoor.
“All children have easy access to books, both inside and outside the building. They have excellent opportunities to look at books alone and with the staff. The preschool children thoroughly enjoy story-making sessions and sit fully engaged in the session. They enjoy being able to contribute to each part of the story”.
OFSTED May 2014