The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. For those working in the early years, the EYFS outlines what they need to do to support your child.
Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, creative and being asked questions to help their thinking. After each age band we give you an example of some ideas and tips as to how you can help your child’s learning and development outside of nursery.
As you know, being a parent is very special and amazing as you watch your child grow up. It can also have challenges, and The White House Nursery will help you understand how your child is developing by highlighting what to expect - while remembering that every child is different.
We follow the Early Years foundation stage, and we track each stage of the child’s development by continual assessment. We recognise that each child is an individual and we assess each child individually and then plan activities accordingly, to bring them on to their next stage of development.
Throughout the day the children are offered a wide range of stimulating activities both indoors and outdoors. The emphasis is on creating a homely, comfortable environment where the children feel loved and secure and will explore activities in a relaxed atmosphere.
Past activities include:
A visit from The Zoo Lab
Gardening in our nursery allotment
Chinese New Year with food tasting
Pancake Day baking
Mother’s day card making
The Queens 90th birthday celebrations
Bring your pet to nursery day
St Patricks day theme
Easter and Spring arts crafts and singing
Your Key Person
For every child joining The White House Nursery, our first priority is to make them feel secure, loved and happy in their new surroundings. To assist with this process, each child is allocated a staff member as their designated 'key person'. Your key person will work closely with you and your child to form a special relationship, providing a secure and friendly environment that we feel is essential for all new starters.
Each child starting at The White House Nursery will have a learning journey. Each child's key person will do regular development reviews to show their progress. Termly observations will also be completed and shared with you, and your child's learning journey is accessible for you to view at all times via Parent Zone.
Each term we send out 'Interest spiders' for you and your child (if they are old enough) to fill in, giving you the opportunity to inform your key person of current interest and life events happening outside of nursery. This supports your child's key person to plan opportunities and discussions to aid your child's development further.
Disability and Special Educational Needs
We have cared for many children with a wide variety of special needs and/ or disability, and we are happy to discuss any extra needs with you and your family and cater for these wherever possible.