The planning of activities is carried out in accordance with the interests, needs and schema.
Topics and curriculum areas are discussed within planning meetings with key staff in each room at regular intervals. In addition, key workers plan for the individual needs of the children in their group, and these are reflective of the curricula which ascertains to the children’s stage of development.
Planning within the EYFS covers the 7 areas of development, with most activities lending themselves to cross curricula learning, such as a scientific activity, which would involve counting or sorting. The seven areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal. Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Art and Design
Children With Special Needs
My Favourite Nursery is designed to provide access and opportunities for all children who attend the Nursery. EYFS is delivered creatively by practitioners who will take into account any special needs that your child has that need addressing. Children will not be excluded from any activity because of a special need; the onus will be on the practitioner to deliver it in a manner that meets the needs of all.
The Nursery complies with the requirements set out in the SEND code of practice, a copy of which can be viewed in the Nursery Manager’s office. Assessments will be made in accordance with the code. An individual Education (or play) plan will be formulated for children to ensure their needs are met, monitored and reviewed. If a Child’s needs are more severe, the Nursery may apply for an Earmarked Pupil Funding or a statement of special needs from Southwark Council. This is always carried out in accordance with the Area SENDCO and with support from multi-agencies and quality teams.
The EYFS endorses an ethos of learning through play. The children progress along the stepping stones, which breaks down outcomes into small, manageable pieces which the children need to work through until they perfect a skill. The children are guided but meet the stepping stones at an individual rate, at a speed that is reflective of their stage of development and the opportunities they have had. Planning is therefore vital to ensure the children have opportunities to try out new skills and to explore objects, sometimes for the first time.
Partnership with parents is a vital component of the EYFS, and one that My Favourite Nursery supports and advocates. Children benefit from support and a positive approach to play and learning. My Favourite Nursery offers children an excellent foundation onto which future learning can be built on.
Monitoring and Review
The Nursery Manager is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the curriculum, ensuring that staff are fully trained in all curriculum areas, and recognise the importance of an integrated approach to the curriculum. An amalgamation of evidence of children’s learning is captured on a daily basis through observation and individual learning journeys, which is monitored and checked by the Nursery Manager for progression and inclusion. Parents/Carers are encouraged to see their child’s portfolios and ask any questions.