Fun, Learn, Play

FUN

Dad’s ‘Stay and Play’ – we have free sessions just for Dad’s on selected Saturday mornings. A great change for Dad’s to learn more about how the Nursery operates, the fun equipment we have and the learning experiences their children have at the Nook.

LEARN

As your child develops – “What should parents expect when” https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

Our Curriculum

As an Ofsted registered Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage when planning for the daily activities we provide.

The EYFS sets out what your child can/should be expected to learn during their early years and focuses on how their healthy development can be supported through play.

There are 7 areas of learning and development that work together to support a child’s all round development.

3 prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

4 specific areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy

How We Support Learning At The Nook Nursery

Listening to the interests of every child

Building new skills from what the children say or do and what parents tell us the child does at home

Child-centred learning in a way, and at a rate that, engages and absorbs the child’s interest and preferences guided by the Nursery and parents to bring out the fullest potential.

Family Approach to Learning

Children learn at the Nook in family sized small groups, not warehouse style large classes. We have time to make a sound observations for the Prime Areas of Learning. Children come to trust our staff and can feel confident to talk through their ideas and express themselves freely to, making a clear path through to the specific areas of learning.

School Readiness

At The Nook we understand what a big part the Nursery plays in preparing children for the important transition into school. We aim for children to be school ready in social skills, knowing how to make friends, play in a cooperative way, share and take turns. School means communicating with lots more children of different ages, and more adults, speech and language skills are key at development issues at the Nook. It is a myth that having your child at a primary school nursery increases their chances of getting a place at that school. It is much better for your child to go to school ready for that big environment than rush the process.

Partnership with Parents

Parents know their children best, we aim to support you as their first and most important teachers. We want to be part of your team providing your child’s education. We have key practitioners to link home and Nursery, you and your child will build a close working relationship with us through informal daily handovers, regular catch ups with your child’s key practitioner and we will welcome your contribution to their Tapestry journey, online learning journal.

Community Spirit and Celebrating Diversity

At the Nook we pride ourselves on being a part of our local community and enjoy outings to the local park, library and shops. We organise trips that are further afield and have enjoyed time together at the theatre and nearby beach, where all are invited. The Nook train adventure from Durrington to Littlehampton and a walk to the beach if often their first experience of a train ride. We celebrate cultural and faith events through the year respecting and valuing the beliefs and traditions of our diverse local community.

Eco-school

We aim to be a sustainable nursery and are committed to using our environment as a place where children can practise and make sense of all the things they see around them that make society Eco-Friendly. To name just a few, these include recycling, conserving water and making our own compost.

We have enrolled to be part of the global Eco-School Scheme and are well on our way to achieving our Silver award, having already received our bronze, which means these principles are becoming firmly embedded within our curriculum and the different activities we provide.

We grow potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes and other seasonal food in our own vegetable patch. The children help plant and take care of the harvest ready to enjoy at snack time.  It’s amazing how children will eat food they have tended, picked and prepared when they will not go near that food at home….did you know that at the Nook, celery is ‘rocket fuel’, and everyone eats them.

Nook child c

Community Spirit and Celebrating Diversity

At the Nook we pride ourselves on being a part of our local community and enjoy outings to the local park, library and shops. We organise trips that are further afield and have enjoyed time together at the theatre and nearby beach, where all are invited. The Nook train adventure from Durrington to Littlehampton and a walk to the beach if often their first experience of a train ride. We celebrate cultural and faith events through the year respecting and valuing the beliefs and traditions of our diverse local community.

Eco-school

We aim to be a sustainable nursery and are committed to using our environment as a place where children can practise and make sense of all the things they see around them that make society Eco-Friendly. To name just a few, these include recycling, conserving water and making our own compost.

We have enrolled to be part of the global Eco-School Scheme and are well on our way to achieving our Silver award, having already received our bronze, which means these principles are becoming firmly embedded within our curriculum and the different activities we provide.

We grow potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes and other seasonal food in our own vegetable patch. The children help plant and take care of the harvest ready to enjoy at snack time.  It’s amazing how children will eat food they have tended, picked and prepared when they will not go near that food at home….did you know that at the Nook, celery is ‘rocket fuel’, and everyone eats them.

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