We have a Key Carer system in place in order that families and their little ones develop a strong bond with Streatham House Nursery. Weaning visits and observations help Key Carers to assess the interests and needs of each and every child. In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to provide varied, stimulating, stage-appropriate activities and experiences – indoors and out. All children enjoy a vast range of learning experiences and develop at their own pace.
The Nursery Education Grant is available to parents when their little one reaches the age of three. We also take childcare vouchers.
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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced into our nurseries in September 2008 and revised in 2012. The EYFS is made up of a statutory 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 staff in assessing a child’s progress and helps them to provide the best learning experience for all babies and children. The aim is to ensure that every child is given the opportunities to self-choose from a wide range of interesting activities, thus learning through high quality play experiences, and fun adult led supporting projects.
Play is vital for children. It helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally. It is through play that our children learn, develop at their own pace and have fun with adults who understand, support and care about them. We want the children we care for to feel secure, not pushed or pressured, and to have the confidence to deal with whatever life brings.
Play Based Curriculum
Children learn individually and with others through play. We offer our children a play-based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and supports all aspects of their learning and development.
It encourages their in-built curiosity and desire to make sense of the world around them and helps them to discover that learning is interesting and fun. This is vitally important if children are going to remain keen learners for the rest of their lives.
Play in a secure environment with effective adult support allows the children to explore, investigate and enjoy the learning experience. We help them to practise and develop ideas, concepts and skills in a unique and non-threatening way, without fear of failure.
We deliver the Early Years curriculum in a number of ways, through:
- Construction and small world play
- Treasure baskets that contain a variety of different objects to help stimulate babies’ senses
- Large and fine motor skills and experiences
- Literacy and numeracy skills
- Role play and imaginative opportunities
- Water, sand and malleable experiences
- Stories, rhymes and songs
- Mark-making – the marks that children make through a range of media, such as paint, water, sand, pencils and the meanings they give to them
- Creative workshops
- Outdoor opportunities
- Exploring and investigating science and nature
- Dance, music and sensory experiences.