Our aim is to ensure children always get the best care and education possible and help all our children develop in confidence and independence.

Like all other childcare providers we follow the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) which builds a coherent and flexible approach to care and learning. Our performance was inspected by Ofsted in February 2018 and we were rated GOOD with aspects of OUTSTANDING.
We recognise that every child is an individual and we take great care in planning suitable and varied activities to meet the needs and interests of every single child. These activities are reviewed daily and constantly updated.

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Between the ages of 0 – 3, the EYFS focuses on 3 Prime Areas. Below are some ideas, how we might help your children with their learning and development in these Areas:
  • Communication and Language: Role play activities, other types of imaginative play, storytelling and singing.
  • Physical Development: running, jumping, or playing outside, yoga, movement through music and dance. Plus developing fine motor skills such as: Puzzles, Playdough, painting, sticking, drawing, and building towers.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Every day we have Group time – at the start of these sessions we say hello to each child and discuss what we’ve been up to. We also play turn taking games and have large and small group activities such as bubble paint or sand tray activities to encourage relationship building and confidence.
At this age, many children learn and play through the use of schemas. Our Staff are vigilant and very knowledgeable in this area and they are incorporated into your child’s learning.
 
As well as the Prime areas, the EYFS has 4 specific areas which we also try to relate to the learning of our older children:
    • Literacy: More advanced stories and rhymes, mark making and other activities to encourage early writing.
    • Mathematics: Weighing and measuring baking ingredients, counting games, understanding use of money through visits to local shop
    • Understanding the World: Celebrating different religious or cultural festivals, Exploring and discovering nature such as collecting insects or finding a birds egg, and use of ICT equipment
    • Expressive arts and design: Designing and making a special Hat or modelling something out of clay
To come and find out more what we get up to—come and have a look round!

Outdoor Play

We strongly believe in the importance and benefits of daily outdoor play. Our mantra is ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, it’s bad clothing’. We have plenty of warm and waterproof clothing which means we can head out in rain or shine! As well as organised outside activities, we have many outdoor resources and these are self accessible to the children giving them the independence to access those they enjoy the most.
Some of the Discoverer children also partake in weekly Forest Schools sessions. These are held in a nearby local wood. These sessions offer children the time and opportunity to experience hands on play and learning. The variety of skills used enables children to develop more quickly than in the conventional learning environment. Typical types of activities might include building dens or houses for bugs/ bird/ creatures, listening to the environment, clambering over fallen trees or branches, looking for insects/ leaves /paw marks, natural painting /drawing/ mark making with sticks, singing, playing lots of imaginative and active games. The list is endless and no session is ever the same – just always lots of fun.
 

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SENDCO

Our highly qualified and experienced Special Educational Needs and disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) works with children with autistic spectrum disorders and speech and language delay. We are very approachable and able to speak with you regarding any queries or concerns you may have surrounding your child.

 

"Staff have a clear understanding of each child's current stages of development and plan effectively to support their next steps in learning."- OFSTED 2018