At Emerald City Nursery we believe children develop independence in a loving and caring environment. Our Nursery staff provides materials, experiences and opportunities that challenge our children and stimulate their natural curiosity. We recognize that all children have a need to develop, learning through interaction with people and exploring the world around them.
Our Parents are kept informed by fortnightly emails with copies of the Nursery ‘topic letters’ and ‘diaries’ explaining what their children are learning, these well-versed letters are literal and photographic illustrations depicting the children enjoying their daily Nursery activities - and our Nursery Parents just love receiving them!
Our Nursery Curriculum is based around the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and and incorporates methods from Montessori. Keeping each child's individual strengths and interests at heart and where children are granted the freedom to explore and play, igniting their passion and excitement for learning.
British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
A Unique Child – recognises that every child is a a unique child who is consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships - describes how children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Enabling Environments - describes how children learn well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
Learning and Development - recognises that children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Embedded within the principles of the EYFS are seven areas of Early Learning -How do we put these into practice?
How we incorporate the Montessori methods…
* We teach self-reliance and independence. This teaching method helps the children become independent by teaching him or her life skills, which is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help cook, put their toys and clothes away and take an active part in their household, neighborhood and school.
* For young children Montessori is a hands on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.
* In a Montessori environment, the teacher prepares and presents the materials needed for the child to carry out his/her great work, and offers them to the child in the form of individual or small group presentations. Once an initial presentation or lesson has been given the activities are freely chosen and frequently repeated according to a child's needs.