We integrate themes and we build on the children’s interests throughout the year which includes the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We provide a whole range of learning opportunities. We aim to encourage the children’s sense of curiosity and wonder in the world around them and help them to explore it through all their senses. We use observations of each child to tailor activities to meet the needs of each individual child. We believe that nursery should be a happy, fun, relaxing experience and free from pressure or stress. Progress is carefully monitored and observations are regularly made. The varied curriculum includes an introduction to reading, writing, numbers mathematical concepts, science, and technology. Story telling, dance, drama, arts, crafts, music, cookery and local outings are also important learning experiences embedded within the curriculum. We also offer enrichment sessions in such as Music and Movement, Football sessions and French lessons and a school readiness programme for the older children.
Exciting times ahead for you and your child
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
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. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.
What does it mean for me as a parent?
Ensuring my child’s safety
Much thought has been given to making sure that your child is as safe as possible. Within the EYFS there is a set of welfare standards that everyone must follow. These include the numbers of staff required in a nursery, things like administering medicines and carrying out risk assessments.
You can find out about the quality of your child’s nursery and other early years providers in relation to the EYFS Framework by checking what the Government’s official inspection body for early years, Ofsted,has to say about it. You can find this information at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report.
Our nursery is aware of the growth of internet use and the advantages this can bring. However, it is also aware of the dangers and strives to support children, staff and families in using the internet safely. Within the nursery we do this by:
- Ensuring we have appropriate antivirus and anti-spyware software on all devices and updating them regularly
- Ensuring content blockers and filters are on our computers, laptops and any mobile devices
- Ensure management monitor all internet activities in the setting
- Using approved devices to record/photograph in the setting
- Never emailing personal or financial information
- Reporting emails with inappropriate content to the internet watch foundation (IWF www.iwf.org.uk)
- Ensuring children are supervised using internet devices
- Using tracking software to monitor suitability of internet usage (for older children)
- Integrating e-safety into nursery daily practice by discussing computer usage ‘rules’ deciding together what is safe and what is not safe to do online
- Talking to children about ‘stranger danger’ and deciding who is a stranger and who is not, comparing people in real life situations to online ‘friends’
- When using Skype and FaceTime (where applicable) discussing with the children what they would do if someone they did not know tried to contact them
- We encourage staff and families to complete a free online e-safety briefing which can be found at https://moodle.ndna.org.uk
- We abide by an acceptable use policy, ensuring staff only use the work IT equipment for matters relating to the children and their education and care. No personal use will be tolerated
- Children’s screen time is monitored to ensure they remain safe online and have access to material that promotes their development. We will ensure that their screen time is within an acceptable level and is integrated within their programme of learning.
Our nursery has a clear commitment to protecting children and promoting welfare. Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the attention of the *nursery manager at the earliest opportunity. Code of conduct for staff: As members of the staff, our professional standards and contractual obligations, guide our conduct and behaviour towards all those who become involved with the work of Angel Place Nursery. We believe that it is important that every area of our service should reflect our shared commitment to these high standards of safety and well-being of children. The purpose of the code of conduct is to ensure that Angel place Nursery:
- Continually provides high quality of service.
- Acts in accordance with the guiding principles of transparency, integrity and high standards of conduct.
- Provides a safe and supportive working culture for staff and service users:
- Ensures consistent standards across the organisation to ensure all are treated with dignity and respect.
- The code of conduct looks to engage with all staff to encourage them to work towards shared values in the way we behave and the way we work with all who engage with Angel Place Nursery.
You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. The foundation years website also includes a range of resources and contacts.