Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers
What is it like for a child here? Activities, Life at Nursery
Our nursery is a vibrant and happy place. This section aims to cover the basic nursery routines and systems, which help our nursery, run smoothly. But there is far more to life at our nursery than space here allows. The starting point for our Nursery Curriculum is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, but the depth and breadth of coverage goes far further. Our curriculum is carefully planned and co-ordinated to ensure the children at Blossom Patch Nursery receive a relevant, balanced, enjoyable and challenging learning experience. The EYFS is designed to cover 7 areas of learning. It consists of 3 prime areas, which are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development. It is seen that these 3 areas are the most important areas from birth and build the roots for the rest of a child’s learning. There are also 4 specific areas, which are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. These 4 specific areas strengthen the prime areas and help us to apply the prime areas within a nursery setting. All these 7 areas are inter-connected and most of our activities within the nursery cover more than one area at one time.
The nursery has its own outside area of which free access is available for all children. In the indoor space the children are split according to age – the Butterflies (3-5yrs), the Caterpillars (2-3yrs), the Pupas (1 – 2 year). We also have a sleeping area for babies and young children needing a daily rest/sleep.
The children undertake a wide variety of activities to make the very most of their natural enthusiasm for learning at this age. All of our activities are planned according to the children’s interests and are observed and tracked along the EYFS, by the individual child’s key person. All activities are planned to cover multiple areas of the EYFS at any one time; for example: sand play may cover Expressive Arts and Design by allowing the child to explore freely, but by building sandcastles with the children we are encouraging their Mathematical skills, their Personal Social and Emotional Development as they share their space and their Communication and Language skills as we talk to the children as they play.
Some of these activities include experimenting creatively with collage materials, clay, play dough, paints and crayons, spend time dressing up and playing together in the home areas or building their own creations from a variety of construction toys. Children are encouraged to enjoy books and stories in whichever area they are based, and are encouraged to take a book home once a week. Tabletop activities encourage the development of fine motor skills with pencils, crayons, chalks, scissors, threading, puzzles and other equipment, while board games nurture the ability to take turns. We have a couple of computers, which offer various matching, color, number and letter games. The children also enjoy cooking, and a variety of tactile activities including sand and water play.
Older children (our Butterflies) have a ‘Special Time’ lesson in which every child has the opportunity to participate and contribute to a small group activity based usually on numeracy and literacy, which we call ‘special time’. This takes place in our Preschool room, which is designed for rising 5’s and is an exclusive area for their use only. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor play, and wherever possible we operate a free flow between inside and outside. On the adjacent field there is also a large garden with lots of space to run around, a fenced off ride on toy area. For the use of older children, there is an exciting wooden climbing area where they can climb, balance and slide. While singing is a part of every session at the nursery, a twice-weekly music session allows the older children to use the talents of a musically talented member of staff.