At the heart of our ethos, we believe children learn through play. We make sure that all planned and child initiated activities include not only lots of fun but are brimming with educational elements as well.
Mini Learners provides a broad-based curriculum to make sure that each child is supported and has a variety of opportunities to learn and develop in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Often their first time away from home we aim to make their first steps at nursery an easy one for both parents and children.
We provide a wide range of activities to stimulate each and every child. Using a Key worker system to help the children quickly build relationships with staff and to settle quickly.
All children are offered opportunities to join in a wide range of activities to help them develop in all areas of the EYFS, particularly the Prime Areas of Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional development which is essential in their early years. This will include painting, sticking, role play, story time, music and movement sessions as well as plenty of opportunities to play outside in the natural world.
2 to 3 year olds
As the children get older so their needs change and we encourage them to become more independent. Continuing to make sure activities meet all the Prime Areas of Learning, we now also focus on the Specific Areas of Literacy, Maths, Expressive Art and Design, and Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Children are given plenty of opportunities to learn independently as well as coming together in small groups with a teacher to focus on more specific activities including critical thinking, phonics, language development and maths skills. Playing well with others and learning to follow instructions are key areas we work on with this age group. Each child will have a formal ‘Two-Year-Old Development Check’ to monitor and promote development at the expected developmental rate and to ensure the child’s is meeting their full potential. They will be encouraged to take care of their self-care needs and their key worker will support toilet training once the child is ready in co-operation with their parents/carers.
3 year olds to primary school
Our oldest children are already benefiting from the wide range of facilities and planned activities covering the whole range of the EYFS. It is at this crucial age that their critical thinking is developed. We encourage children to make their own choices and use their own initiative; this allows them to channel their creativity. They are given lots of opportunities to problem solve which helps develop their independence, science and maths skills. Small group sessions are used at this age to further develop communication and language skills as well as to teach letters and number recognition and early reading and writing. To help with transition to primary school, this age group are encouraged to dress themselves, handle all their toileting needs, pour their own drinks and select their own food at meal and snack times.
Free-flow outside play is important for all children at the nursery and we ensure that there are plenty of opportunities throughout the session for children to play outside.
We have a wide range of toys and play equipment available to develop balance, co-ordination and physical strength.