Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early year’s professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and the age of five. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school, as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. At Mini Treasures nurseries we follow the EYFS Framework which meets the individual needs of all the children in our care.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children play co-operatively, forming positive relationships with adults and other children. They are confident to speak in a familiar group and take account of one another’s ideas and choose resources they need for their chosen activities.
Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Communication & Language
Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.
Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns.
Understanding the World
Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
Expressive Arts & Design
Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Settling In At Mini Treasures
We offer two free settling in sessions to enable you and your child to bond with your child’s key worker. This is the individual who will guide you through the settling in process and will be responsible for your child's welfare and development. They will be your main point of contact.
Although you may view your child’s first day at nursery as a daunting experience, be assured our nursery nurses are experienced at helping you and your child settle in. There are some tips below on how to make this an enjoyable time and as easy as possible for both you and your child.
We will arrange a settling in session with you. This session will enable you and your child to establish a positive relationship with the nursery team.
We will spend quality time getting to know your child on their first day, providing relaxed opportunities for them to choose what they play with, their personality, likes and dislikes. This means that their key worker will then be equipped with the knowledge to ensure they can welcome and settle your child into nursery life with all the information you have offered. No question is ever a silly question and we encourage families to take an active role in nursery life.
During the session you will be given a parent induction whilst your child is playing with their key worker. This is a short time spent with you to discuss some of our key policies and procedures.
Try not to be too anxious about leaving your child if he or she is crying. Our staff are experienced in dealing with these situations and have strategies to help them. We are always happy to arrange extra settling-in sessions if either you or we feel they would be beneficial.
If this is the first time your child is going to be separated from you, you could help them prepare by spending short periods of time apart in the run up to their first day.
In the weeks prior to the ‘big day’ talk to your child about the new experience they are about to embark on, mentioning all the new and exciting things they will be doing.
Mini Treasures have an open door policy and should you wish to come and spend some time in the nursery with your little one you are always welcome.
Quality Nursery Care in Morden & Camberwell
Our children develop into young and independent individuals at our nurseries. We have 3 nursery locations based in Morden and Camberwell. Each of our day nurseries strives towards providing the best childcare possible, giving your child the best start in life.
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