Children have choices; they can express what activities they want to do during their time here at the nursery. We want to enable children to learn through experiences of touch, movement, listening, seeing and hearing. We encourage children to have a relationship with other children and to have an opportunity to express themselves in a range of ways. Staff work together with the children to help them form their own opinions through a range of child and adult led activities.
How Do We Achieve This?
- By working in coalition with parents and carers.
- Offering sessions that are flexible, and adhering to Parent’s needs.
- Maintaining a balance of adult lead and child initiated learning (dependant on the group age and size of the group)
- By teaching, providing opportunity, equipping the children with the relevant tools and observing and taking note of the whole environment and pro-actively meeting children’s needs.
Our Principles and Values at Fledglings Day Nursery and Pre-School
We believe that:
- Children are capable of constructing their own learning and they are driven by their own interests to understand and know more.
- Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others.
- There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. Children search out the knowledge through their own investigations.
- Children are communicators.
- Children should be able to form attachments with other children and other staff to fulfil their personal, social and emotional well-being.
- Communication is a process, a way of discovering things, asking questions, using language as play, playing with sounds, rhythm and rhyme; delighting in the process of communicating.
- Children are encouraged to use language to investigate, explore and to reflect on their experiences. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a process, a continual process, a collaborative process rather than the child asking a question and the adult offering the answers.
- By working in partnership with parents and carers, we are helping their child to succeed, in all areas of development. Parents are their children’s first educators and a close partnership should be formed to get parents involved in their children’s learning.
- The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire, the environment is filled with natural light, order and beauty. There are open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper and deeper into their interests. The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. The space respects children as capable by providing them with authentic materials & tools.