Learning and Development

We believe that children are active learners from birth and that if we provide them with the right environment, support and experiences, it will help to encourage their curiosity, imagination, creativity and help build positive social relationships.

Learning through play is an important part of children’s development, they learn through play as it comes naturally to them. Play helps children to develop their confidence, self esteem and sense of security. At Grunty’s Day Care we offer a play based curriculum for all children, ensuring it meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We want the children that we care for to feel secure, not pushed or pressured, and to have the confidence to deal with what ever life brings.

Our care celebrates children learning from the world around them, acquiring new skills and developing at their own pace. The children are encouraged to explore their environment which has been created to stimulate young minds. At Grunty’s Day Care we understand that children have a natural curiosity about their world, and everything they do has the potential to be a learning experience.

Grunty’s Day Care delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS is a statuary framework for the Early Years which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. A practice guidance document supports practitioners in assessing a child’s progress and helps them to provide the best learning experiences for all babies and children. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage we plan for each individual child’s needs and abilities in order to further their development and learning.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development, these are:

As well as regular parent’s evenings to discuss and share your child’s achievements and development, the government states that you must receive a written progress report between the age of 2 and 3, this is called a 2 year old check .It informs you of how your child is progressing against the learning set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

For more information on the EYFS go to: www.foundationyears.org.uk

Partnership with parents

Working in partnership plays a huge part of your child’s time at nursery. We believe that parents are the first and most important influence on their child’s development and future outcomes. As the primary educators we at Grunty’s would like you to be centrally involved in your child’s experiences and development. It is imperative that we gain the trust and confidence of you the parent.

We want you to be happy with the care your child is given. In order for effective communication there must be a two way flow of information, knowledge and expertise shared between parents and practitioners. Every interaction with you is based on a caring, professional relationship and respectful acknowledgement of the feelings of you as parents and those of your children.

At Grunty’s Day Care we strive to ensure that we support your child’s learning at home. We do this by sending home little activities that can be carried out with your child. They are based around your child’s interests and what they have been working to achieve at nursery.

Learning Journeys

Your child will have their very own personal learning journey; this will be available for you to view at any time. Within the learning journey you will find photographs, activities, observations, pieces of work, assessments and targets, as well as their interests and achievements; all aimed at tracking and furthering your child’s learning and development using the Early Years Foundation Stage.