Programme

Nursery Timings

Timings - 7.30am - 5.30pm

Breakfast Club – 7.30 to 8.00 am

Nursery – 8.00 am to 1.00 pm

Afternoon Club – 1.00 to 3.30 pm

Late Afternoon Club – 3.30 to 5.30 pm.

In addition, we will be offering Spring and Summer Holiday Camps during the school holidays. Please see our Nursery Calendar for further details.

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Curriculum

British Early Years Foundation Stage

At The Wonder Years Nursery we promote a natural and stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors, to allow children the time to explore the world around them at their own pace. Our curriculum is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage (“EYFS”) programme and is underpinned by the UK Government’s Early Learning Goals and Birth to Three Matters but also aims to include best practices from other well-established Early Years methods. Ours is a creative, thematic and play-centred approach as we believe that by unlocking a child’s creative potential, learning is maximised through a sensory, visual, auditory and kinetic experience.

According to the guidance set forth in the EYFS Programme, there are certain ‘stepping stones’ that show the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children need to learn during the foundation stage in order to achieve certain early learning goals. Our curriculum and programme of activities are based around these ‘stepping stones’ and designed to help maximise a child’s progress to these early learning goals. We aim to achieve a sensible balance between free play and structured learning by offering a wide range of supervised activities designed to develop language skills, promote independence and develop confidence. Further, the curriculum and activities are planned, delivered and evaluated to ensure that the children receive broad-based learning experiences to help them prepare for the transition from nursery to primary school.

Nursery Calendar

ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/16

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Programme Structure

Children are placed in classes according to both age and developmental ability. The age of three is considered developmentally, particularly significant, so our programme is structured accordingly.

For children aged 18 months to 3 years, there is a strong emphasis on learning through interaction with others and exploring the world around them. Learning through play is a fundamental principle and all activities are designed with this in mind. The importance of play and active exploratory learning at this age cannot be emphasised enough. Well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key to children’s enjoyment and learning. Through play, in a secure environment, with effective adult support, children can:

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Class Groups

We divide children into the following age groups:

Babies 6 Months to 12 Months 

Toddlers 12 Months to 18 Months 

Children 18 Months to 2 Years – Movers, Shakers and Players: At this age, children begin to show an increasing independence and obvious pleasure in moving, communicating and learning through play. Our classrooms for children this age have a maximum of 12 children with 1 teacher and 2 assistants per class. Our classrooms are specially designed and equipped to offer the ideal, welcoming ‘home to nursery’ transition and cater specifically to children’s developmental needs according to their age, in terms of decoration, resources, toys and educational materials, furniture and furnishings, etc. Our programme is based on the UK Birth to 3 Matters for Early Years and includes activities such as arts and crafts, heuristic play, music and movement, exploratory areas, messy play, sensory development and plenty of opportunity for free play both indoors and outside.

Children 2 to 3 Years – Walkers, Talkers and Pretenders: At this age children display a greater competence at moving, talking and pretending. They also show increased confidence in themselves and their skills in developing relationships. Our classrooms for children of this age will have 12- 15 children every day, with 1 teacher and 1-2 assistants, as required. The rooms are divided into different areas. One area will include all their messy activities: arts and crafts, sand and water play, play dough and other sensory exploration activities. The other areas typically include a roleplay area, construction area, book corner or quiet corner. By setting the rooms up in this way our aim is for the children’s development to take place without too many overly formal activities. The children here are able to explore and learn throughout their day at their own pace and without too much pressure. They will be given access to a section of garden area attached to the classroom which provides an outdoor extension to their indoor activities.

Children 3 to 4 Years – Experimenters, Players and Questioners: At this age, children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. In our pre-school rooms we cater for up to 15 children aged between 3 and 4+. The rooms are divided into specific areas of learning and play, and many of the activities are geared towards the children’s ongoing needs once they go onto school, in particular the requirements of the British EYFS, which benchmarks our nursery programme. Children are given access into the garden which provides them with an outdoor extension to their indoor activities. At this age there is a degree of free flow to the day’s structure, where children are encouraged to select the activities in which they want to participate, overseen by key members of staff.

For children above the age of 3 years, we work within the guidelines of the British Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum is delivered through planned activities and enriched learning opportunities which cover the 6 main areas of learning as follows:

  • Mathematical development: This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, pairing, seeking patterns, making connections, working with shapes, space, volume, and developing appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world: In this area of learning, children are developing crucial knowledge; skills and understanding which help them make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, geography, history and ICT.
  • Physical development: Physical development is intrinsic in everything young children do. Racing around on toy tractors, organising the play farm or rolling out some play dough are all examples of children’s growing physical skills. It helps children gain confidence in what they do and enables them to feel the benefits of being healthy and active. Effective physical development helps children to gain a positive sense of wellbeing.
  • Creative development: Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and to extend their understanding.

None of these areas of learning and development can be delivered in isolation from the others – they are all equally important and inter-dependent. The EYFS is an integral part of the care and learning framework of our nursery, supported by our belief in finding best practices wherever they are and building them into our curriculum and activities.