Our planning and programming is guided by our own bespoke Little Green Man curriculum.
The LGM curriculum, which incorporates Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS2021), Development Matters and Birth2Five, is primarily created around the concept of adult-led, child-initiated play.
Our nursery practitioners look at the children’s cultural capital, which is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education. Every child and family who joins our setting will have their own knowledge and experiences that will link to their culture and wider family. This might include: languages, beliefs, traditions, cultural and family heritage, interests, travel and work. Research shows that when children and families’ cultures are valued, both the child’s experience of learning and progress can benefit.
We provide a wide-range of resources and great facilities (see our facilities section for more details), which are made readily available to the children. Every week each room will have a theme, around which activities are focussed. Activities both indoors and outdoors include the use of arts and crafts, role-play, cookery, stories, music, jigsaws, collage and construction, as well as messy, creative, water and dramatic play.
We have invested in early years education software, Tapestry, which allows nursery staff to record observations and report progress on the tablets, which provided in each group room. Since 2017 we have implemented this system, which allows parents to check their child’s Tapestry profile themselves from home.
There are also specialised art, role-play and sensory rooms, as well as two large garden areas with both small and large outdoor equipment; including a fantastic and very popular play structure.
We regularly take the children on trips to the park, local shops, farms and the library, with occasional trips to places of interest and an annual panto. Oh yes we do!
Staff facilitate the children’s activities and record what each one does every day, using their observations to plan the next steps in their learning and development. That’s how we harness their natural curiosity and build on the seven areas of learning.