To help each child in our care to develop their Literacy skills, we will support them:
Children learn a great deal about books, words, print and writing well before they start formal schooling. But what they learn and the depth of their understanding is rooted in what adults do and provide. Literacy-rich environments demonstrate how literacy is used in everyday life; by adults modelling reading and writing for different purposes, demonstrating the language used for thinking and helping children to share an understanding of a variety of books and print through talk, we will help children to gain a better grasp of the importance of literacy in our everyday lives.
To help each child in our care to develop their Mathematical skills, we will support them:
Maths forms a huge part of our everyday lives – from finding the right house number when going somewhere new to knowing how much money we have left after we’ve been shopping. Even the simplest tasks such as estimating how much water we need to put in our bath or measuring a space in our bedroom to see if a new piece of furniture will fit are dominated by our ability to apply some aspect of maths. By using number, simple addition and subtraction, the use of shape, space and measure in everyday situations, children will start to develop an understanding of number, capacity, quantity, and develop the vocabulary to use maths to solve problems.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
To help each child in our care to develop their Understanding of the world, we will support them:
It is important that children grow up in environments where adults understand and respect individuality and what makes us unique so that our children can go out into the world with a mindset of acceptance, respect and inclusivity. To do this, we need to build on what children know and understand (their home environment) and help them to make connections by then introducing them to our community and the world beyond.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
To help each child in our care to develop their Expressive arts and design skills, we will support them:
It is through creative, dramatic, exploratory, imaginary, object, recapitulative, role, rough and tumble, social and symbolic play that children start to understand how the world works and to make meaning and connections for themselves. This requires environments that provide a broad and balanced set of opportunities, experiences, provocations and invitations which include music, movement, dance, art, craft, technology, nature, the world outside of nursery, construction, small world, sand, water, role play, cookery, book and rhymes sharing etc.
We believe that a broad and balanced approach will: