Our Philosophy... love, care and learning that's fun!
In 2008 we created a small, friendly and happy environment where children can thrive - and that is what we continue to provide today. We know that successful learning and development starts with love and care. We offer a fun and stimulating learning environment and ensure that your child develops the essential physical, emotional and intellectual confidence that they need for their future.... and confidence and peace of mind for you.
Whether you are a new parent leaving a child for the first time or a returning parent who already knows about the consistent value that we add to family life, you can be confident that your child will receive the very best loving care and attention. We only employ well-qualified and experienced staff. You want peace of mind knowing that your child is happy and secure, so call and come and meet us. We'll personally show you around and discuss you and your child's needs. We're certain you'll find that the Sunshine Nursery provides the best possible start for your child. Children attend Sunshine from 2 years old.
Daily routine and curriculum
Parents and carers are encouraged to come into the nursery each morning and settle their child. Children will have a picture peg on which to hang their coat, etc. Children can then explore the activities on offer to them. We have a wide range of toys from role-play to small world play, jigsaws, painting, construction toys, sorting play dough etc. There is also sand water play available, using lots of equipment like pouring instruments, coloured water, boats, sea creatures, washing babies and buckets, spade and mark making tools. We also have a quiet corner where children can have a story read to them or they can look at books on their own. We do have a fantastic large outside area that we use as an extension of the hall and we will go outside in all weather. There is a huge sandpit, slide, wooden house, swings and other outdoor equipment. Physical activities are offered to all children every day, eg. hoops, stilts, throwing, catching, obstacle course, circle songs, Yoga and relaxation.
During free play, there will also be adult led art activities related to the theme we are learning about, e.g. Colours or Nursery Rhymes, etc. Each child is allocated a key person who is responsible for your child's learning and wellbeing. During free play, each key person will ensure that they spend some time with your child to talk to them, do a jigsaw, read a book, look at colours and observe them at play.
The children will be offered a healthy snack (provided by the nursery) between 10.00-11.00am which will be supervised by a teacher but it is a snack trolley that the children can help themselves and learn independence and sharing. We will then have a short circle time, during which the register is taken (when children enter the nursery a teacher will have marked them down) with the children. We then talk about the weather, day, date, season, any special birthdays or special events the children want to talk about. We celebrate and learn about festivals such as Easter, Diwali and Chinese New Year. We also introduce the children to the Spanish, Makaton, letter sounds and number rhymes once a week during circle time. The children help to make a visual timetable, which we put out each morning/afternoon to show parents what the children have been doing in that session, alongside a notebook describing the morning/afternoon activities.
During the week we have one day a week that we call letter sounds, when we concentrate on a particular letter and another day called number rhyming day. Gradually, the children will learn to recognise letters and numbers and they will also have the opportunity to practice forming letters and writing their name.
At around 11.20am we have focused activity time, which is when we do physical exercise with all the children. We do this for many reasons; to help focus children, social interaction between their peers and teacher, develop teamwork and most inportantly to have fun.
Children are encouraged to stay on for lunch time to eat packed lunches which have been provided by parents/carers. On Friday's we prepare and cook lunch with the children using fresh ingredients. The nursery teachers encourage and assist the children in order for them to obtain the maximum enjoyment and educational benefit in the activity.
After lunch a few children stay on and we have our afternoon session begin at 12.30 and this continues until 3.30pm, then so the same as the morning routine, we do add some diffent activities so the children who stay all day are able to continue having fun and learning.
On Thursday's we have a music teacher called Mr Ed who visits the nursery to take the children for music and movement and with his help we prepare a summer concert for parents/carers and friends in the summer term. In addition to learning the words to songs we also introduce the children to Makaton sign language.
We have introduced a "Stay and Play" session once a term in response to parents' requests to come into nursery and spend time playing with the children. At Christmas in particular, we invite you to come into nursery and share mince pies, which the children make and play and meet their nursery friends.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Sunshine Nursery follows the government-based framework for learning in the early years called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS is split into four themes: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development. These four themes are the key principles that underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children. The framework sets out the legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote thier welfare.
A Unique Child commits to child development, inclusive practice, keeping safe and health and well-being.
Positive Relationships commits to respecting each other, parents as partners, supporting learning and the key person approach.
Enabling Environments commits to observation, planning and assessment of children, supporting every child, the learning environment and the wider context (e.g. working in partnership with other settings, professionals and community groups).
Learning and Development is broken down into seven areas whihch guide professionals' engagement with your child's play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.
Children should mostly develop the 3 Prime Areas first:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child's health development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas. These are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. We will ensure that the activities are suited to your child's unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
You can find more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage by visiting www.foundationyears.org.uk.
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