We aim to ensure that each child has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress.


At TOT NEST Preschool play is valued and is seen as an opportunity for children to rehearse, reorder, and develop ideas and experiences, enabling them to gain the necessary skills required for their future economic well-being.

We recognize that children learn through active participation by being engaged with other people, objects, ideas and events for sustained periods of time. As active learners, children need to have some independence and control over their learning to keep their interest and to develop their creativity.

As children become absorbed in finding out about the world around them through their explorations, investigation and questions they feel a sense of achievement and their self-esteem and confidence grows. As children grow in confidence they learn to make decisions.

We treat each child as an individual who has needs that should be met in an atmosphere that celebrates diversity. We will nurture your child's social and emotional skills. We want children, parents and staff to learn together and for all to develop to their maximum potential. Our methodology integrates project–based–learning, with creative approaches, to foster critical thinking and problem solving, laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning. The happy, supportive and welcoming atmosphere. The wide variety of activities on offer to the children.


This educational policy encompasses the ethos of Tot Nest Preschool in that children learn through play. During their play children will experience and develop their skills under six areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional

Communication, language and Literacy

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Physical

Creative


Our approach to learning and development and assessment:

Learning through play

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our setting uses the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities, children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.


Characteristics of effective learning


We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learningthat are described in the Development Matters the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance as:


  • Playing andexploring - engagement;
  • Active learning – motivation.
  • Creating and thinking critically thinking.

We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

Learning and Development

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


How we provide for development and learning Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Physical development.
  • Communication and language.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.

The Development Matters guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the Early Learning Goals. Our setting has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning. Our program supports children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for:
Personal, social and emotional development.


Finally, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Giving us a chance to make a better future of your child. If you want to get involved in any way, you will be helping to keep Tot Nest Preschool a high-standard childcare setting for your child and future children.

Thank you.