Nursery Activities.

 

Our activities are aimed at creating moments for children to gain new and enriching experiences. Varying from Adult-led activities to child-initiated play, children are introduced to new skills, explore themes and can express themselves.

Within the Early Years Framework there are seven areas of learning and development.

We devise our days around this; ensuring children have a diverse and interesting experience each and every day! Many of the areas interlink and an activity can often cover more than one. This illustrates the freedom within our daily routine; as children can steer their own learning and development by whatever interests them.

 
We are part of the Enfield Early Years Development Childcare Partnership which links us with local schools and preschools. This also provides us with teacher involvement within the group and regular training opportunities.
 

EYFS Areas of Learning and Development

 
Communication and Language

Various speaking and listening activities can take place throughout the day; Children are encouraged to discuss family and home-life events; such as holidays, birth of a new sibling. Particularly during ‘Fruit Time’, children are encouraged to chat about the different fruits, which ones they like and why, as we cut the fruit up to share.

 
Physical Development

Being active and interactive. If children are in an energetic mood, an obstacle course will be constructed to build on their co-ordination, control and movement skills. We also promote healthy lifestyle choices by eating and sharing fruit together each day.

 
Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Games which involve sharing or ‘taking turns’ encourage children to think about others. Social skills are developed during role play in the shop, for example. Children say “please” and “thank-you”, learn to wait turns in a queue and interact with each other.

 
Literacy

Story-time and child-led reading in Library corner. We ignite children’s interest with a wide range of books, poems and animated stories which help children make links between sounds and letters.

 
Mathematics

Activities such as physical counting games, where children count each other in groups provide opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting and understanding and using numbers. Opportunities in weighing, measuring and calculating can be provided by playing with scales in the home corner or when baking cup-cakes.
 
Understanding the world

This involves children making sense of the physical world and their community. If a child arrived one day, particularly interested in the police force, for example, we would spontaneously improvise a role play activity within a police station, exploring the various roles, responsibilities and uniform. This will help them put this into a context and explore their interest.
Our outside area is also a great place for children to explore and discover at their own pace. Alternatively, a teacher-led activity could involve us growing our own vegetables or looking after the plants.

 
Expressive arts and design

A variety of activities involving art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Messy play, making collages, moulding or designing a picture on our computer; there are endless ways for children to express themselves at our nursery.