Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At our nursery children are helped to develop a positive attitude and a sense of well-being. This includes making relationships with others across different age groups, learning to be self-confident, taking an interest in the surrounding environment, identifying their own individual needs, telling the difference between right and wrong, and becoming independent.
At Sutherland Day Nursery we wholeheartedly believe that, in order to be optimised, children's learning needs to be enjoyable. Learning through play certainly produces excellent results!
In this way, children learn about the world, gain new experiences, make friends, improve their concentration and communication skills, as well as make significant progress physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. We firmly believe in creating opportunities for children to take risks within our safe parameters, to experiment, to build on their natural curiosity as learners, and to be imaginative.
Communication and Language
Children have ongoing opportunities to speak, listen and communicate with other children and adults in different contexts, to share and enjoy a range of books, rhymes, music, poetry and stories. Children are encouraged to develop writing and reading skills through many different practical experiences.
This area of learning helps to develop children's physical skills: co-ordination, control, motor skills, manipulation and movement. Children gain confidence in what they can do and find out how to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.
Understanding the world
We encourage children to explore and find out about the world around them and to ask questions about it. There are opportunities for youngsters to build with different materials, learn about everyday technology, their own and their family's lives, other cultures and beliefs. They can also explore and observe the environment indoors and outdoors, make decisions, predict, investigate and find out how things evolve.
Children develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. They become comfortable with numbers and ideas such as 'heavier than' or 'bigger than' and use language to compare weight, size and shape. They discover ways of solving practical problems, making connections and recognising relationships and patterns. We provide lot of messy play activities with water and sand during which children use different shapes and sizes of containers.
Children are encouraged to develop writing and reading skills through many different practical experiences. We encourage them to recognise their names on the labels and table mats. We have baskets with children names labels so they can recognise it and try to copy their name. During our circle time we use a variety of flashcards with everyday words and objects names.
Expressive art and design
Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, drama, role-play and imaginative play. Children are encouraged to respond in their own individual ways and express their ideas, feelings and relationships through a wide range of experiences.