“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2007
At Harwood Park Nursery we believe that the children should be at the centre of their learning. Although we have a theme each half term we will always follow the interests of the children. We understand that all children are at different levels of development and we aim to create an environment where all the children’s needs are met.
Your child will have the opportunity to play in many areas in Nursery including a role play area, sand and water area, construction area, creative area and a large outdoor area. They will have the opportunity to mark make and use numbers in all areas of their play and will take part in short teacher-led circle time sessions.
Children will begin to develop their early reading skills in the Nursery where they will be provided with many opportunities to listen to stories and look at books. Children play games that help them to distinguish the sounds in words. They will learn how to care for books properly and enjoy retelling them in their own words. Reading skills are taught discretely during Phonics sessions. In the summer term, children will begin to become familiar with the first set of sounds in the Read Write Inc. scheme.