Kneehigh Nursery: Learning & Activities
Rated one of the top 20 nurseries in the South West
Learning that rewards individuality
Engaging & fun activities
Key worker support system
Free flow activity plan
Tailored teaching styles
Indoor & outdoor play
Structured daily plans
Regular development updates
At Kneehigh Nursery we have specific aims to prepare your child for school. With all our learning activities we aim to develop your child’s knowledge, skills, concepts, ideas and attitudes. Our curriculum aims to:
- Encourage your child to be polite, considerate, ask questions
- Encourage your child to be independent as they can be and be ready for school
- Be able to write their own name and more if possible.
- Recognize and hopefully write the numbers up to five.
- Know all the colours and most shapes.
How we help children at different ages
The EYFS curriculum makes a positive contribution to children’s early development and learning. At Kneehigh we know that the early years are critical in children’s development. The EYFS is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence and learning to work together and co-operate with other children. It is also about numeracy skills that will prepare young children for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum, as well as helping to support and build children’s confidence so they become confident learners.
Our 2-3 year olds will be supported to thrive as they develop self-assurance through the provision of a key worker who will provide consistent, warm and responsive care for them. This enables them to feel emotionally safe, secure and confident to begin to develop positive relationships with other staff members and children.
The children will grow in independence, rejecting help (“me do it”) as a result of the warmth and affection, combined with clear and appropriate boundaries and routines, that is provided by staff. A spirit of friendly co-operation is developed amongst children and adults through the variety of resources inside and outdoors which encourage exploration and discovery, promoting children’s independence further and growing their self-confidence.
Our 2-3 year olds will be encouraged to listen to simple stories and understand what is happening, with the help of the pictures. They will be supported to start to develop conversation by staff providing them with opportunities to share picture books every day, encouraging children to talk about the pictures and the story by commenting on the pictures, then waiting for a response. They will also model questions asking children about the pictures: “I wonder what the caterpillar is doing now?”
Our 2-3 year olds will be supported to develop physically. Staff will help young children learn what physical risks they are confident and able to take. Staff will encourage and supervise children to climb unaided and to stop if they do not feel safe. Various equipment is provided, such as dens, tunnels, large boxes and climbing frames, to develop their awareness of space and develop their physical abilities. Staff will also work in partnership with parents to help children learn to use the toilet with help, when they are ready.
Your childs safety is paramount - Covid safety measures in place.
How do we plan our activities?
At Kneehigh, play is promoted as the most appropriate way for children under five to learn. Each day has a variety of planned learning activities and the children have the opportunity to choose what they would like to play with too.
We have a short-term curriculum plan for each day of the week, which is differentiated, in order to be suitable for all the children that attend.
We incorporate a free flow system throughout each session, where the children have free access to activities and anything that interests them, inside or outdoors.
At Kneehigh Nursery we use a key worker system which offers each family unit support and care from one of our qualified members of staff. The staff member is responsible for encouraging and tracking your child’s development.
They ensure you are kept up to date about their learning journey. The key person plays an important part in establishing a positive relationship with parents and facilitating strong connections between the home and setting environments, so we can work in partnership with you.
Parents are welcome to discuss any issues with their child’s key person or the Manager.
Your child is catered for at Kneehigh Nursery!
Some of our activities:
- Book corner
- Board games
- Pre-writing skills
- Role play
- Small world play
- Singing & dancing
- Using iPads
- Story time
- Problem solving
- Rhyme time
- Outdoor play