Each area of learning and development will be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. We will respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults.
When we plan and guide children’s activities we consider the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. For effective teaching and learning to take place we ensure that the children:
play and explore; - they investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
are active learners; - they concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter
difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
create and think critically; - they have and develop their own ideas, make links
between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. We hope that the activities and experiences we organise through our educational programmes will create a high quality learning environment providing the foundation the children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The After-school Club (Joyland only)
The after-school clubs are very relaxed with no pressure for the children to carry out certain activities. The children start with a snack and just play with the resources we have available. We encourage as much outside play as possible. We cannot re-heat cooked food that has not been refrigerated. If you want us to re-heat previously cooked food for your child’s lunch or tea please bring to the nursery between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and we will refrigerate it for you. Tins, jars and packets which do not need refrigerating are fine. Please remember that your child needs one free hand to hold on to someone when walking back. Make sure that they can fit everything into their bags and back-packs and still have one free hand.