The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS states that,
"Children must be provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. Providers must ensure support for children's emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and what they can do."
The Early Years Foundation Stage sets out 7 areas of learning:
Each area of learning has individual stepping stones which progress towards early learning goals. Through observing your child we are able to carefully plan activities to help meet each child's individual needs and develop their learning by using each child's indiviual interests. Within the nursery, learning is encouraged through play experiences. The nursery layout allows each child to explore and develop using natural curiosity which inspires their imagination.
Each child receives a portfolio which indicates where they are in their development progress. The portfolios contain evidence of this such as photos, art work and observations which combined illustrates a learning journey. The portfolios also allow practitioners observe at which stage in development each child is and from this are able to create next steps to extend the development progress.
Our aim is to encourage parents to have an input into their child's portfolio and we ask parents to also do observations at home. We call these ‘WOW’ observations We don’t expect parents to do these on a daily basis, just as the title suggests. If your child was to do something for the first time and you thought ‘WOW’ we would like you to record it. As an example if your child took their first steps or they were able to count to 10 for the first time. By doing these observations at home we are then able to extend this at nursery.
Within the nursery each child is allocated a Key Person. A Key Person is a member of staff within your child's group who will work closley with your child to meet their individual needs. This member of staff will be responsiable for completing your child's portfolio. We often hold meetings with parents/carers and your child's key worker to give you the opportunity to discuss your child's development and/or any concerns that either yourselves or the key person may have.
The Cottage Day Nursery
St Hildas Church Hall
1 Courtrai Road
London SE23 1PL
Tel: +44 208 2917117
7.30 am - 6.00 pm
Monday to Friday
Ready for enrolment?
Please fill in the registration form online. We will get in touch shortly. Alternatively, please download the paper form below and hand in the filled form to the nursery.