Curriculum

The nursery’s curriculum will be both formal and informal. We assess the children by stage, not by age, so every child can fulfil his or her potential. It will be broadly broken down into two areas:

*Care for children aged 18 months to 3 years
*Curriculum for children aged 3-4 years – based around the six areas of learning.

Children Aged 18 months – 3 years

The curriculum for the very young will promote the following:

A Strong Child
-Me, Myself and I
-Being Acknowledged and Affirmed
-Developing Self-assurance
-A Sense of Belonging

A Skilful Communicator
-Being Together
-Finding a Voice
-Listening and Responding
-Making Meaning

A Competent Learner
-Making Connections
-Being Imaginative
-Being Creative
-Representing

A Healthy Child
-Emotional Well-being
-Growing and Developing
-Keeping Safe
-Healthy Choices

Children Aged 3+ years

Using techniques of learning through play, the children will be encouraged to accomplish the ‘six early learning goals’ for all children approaching pre-school age. These areas of learning are:

*Communication, Language and Literacy
*Personal, Social and Emotional
*Mathematics
*Knowledge and Understanding of the World
*Physical Development
*Creative Development

Through the curriculum and policy objectives, the nursery will seek to achieve the following:

-To encourage language and communication with other children and adults.
-To teach each child about sharing and being part of a group.
-To help each child with understanding the basic concepts of mathematics, including length, weight and volume.
-To teach children about their five senses and how to use them.
-To help children recognise and identify shapes, colours and sounds.
-To help children understand their own bodies.
-To provide a greater understanding of other parts of the world
-To teach children to respect themselves and others.
-To instil in each child the skill and co-ordination required to control writing tools and basic literacy.
-To encourage each child to persevere, without fearing being wrong.
-To encourage each child to be kind and compassionate to others.
-To encourage children to control their emotions and learn to express themselves appropriately.
-To allow each child to learn through fun and pleasurable activities.