Early Years Learning and Development at Tiny Toes Nursery
At Tiny Toes Nursery, we use Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to ensure your child is hitting key milestones and development areas. We are based in Dorset between Boscombe and Bournemouth and enrol children from 16 weeks of age until school age.
Learning & Development
At Tiny Toes Nursery we understand that all children have different learning styles, that’s why we plan for each child as an individual, not as a group.
The curriculum we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum focuses on a child’s personal, social, and emotional development. This includes their communication, language, and physical development, whilst also focusing on skills such as mathematics and literacy, expressive arts and design, and understanding the world around them.
A Stimulating Environment
We provide a safe and stimulating environment for all of our children, providing generous care and attention through our staff to child ratio.
Each child is assigned a qualified key person to ensure they are making good progress, building knowledge and social skills, and settling well into their room.
Learning Through Play
Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking.
We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Early Years Foundation Stage:
• playing and exploring
• active learning
• creating and thinking
• critically thinking
We work with each individual child using these characteristics to promote their development.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them.
We use Tapestry at Tiny Toes Nursery, which is an online learning journal where parents can log in at their convenience and get a real insight into their child's journey at nursery. The learning journal will be regularly updated and when your child moves on to school, the journal will be available to download for you to keep.
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short-written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development – personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language – when a child is aged between 24 – 36 months. Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the check using information from ongoing observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.
Stay and Play
We understand that leaving your child for the first time can be emotionally challenging for both parents and children and that is why we treat every settling in session individually.
When you have booked your child into Tiny Toes Nursery, their journey with us will begin with a free 2-hour stay and play session. This enables them to build a bond with their key person before they attend the nursery and provides each parent with comfort knowing who their child will be cared for by and the environment that they will be in.
Each parent is asked to complete a form called “all about me” which will tell the key person all about your child and what they like and dislike.
If you would like to further discuss our learning and development strategies, or wish to discuss our available spaces, get in touch with our team today who will be happy to help.
Our routine is the same for the morning and afternoon sessions. Children have access to the garden area regardless of the weather and are encouraged to explore and learn about the natural environment.
8am: Breakfast; the children can choose from cereal, porridge, toast, and fruit.
After breakfast: the children will have a choice of a variety of activities covering all areas of learning.
10:15am: A healthy snack which consists of fresh fruit, healthy carbohydrate, and milk.
After their snack: We enjoy time in the garden. Being outside in all types of weather encourages children to learn about the natural world.
12pm: Lunch time. We ask parents to provide a healthy packed lunch for their child, we can provide cold lunches if required for a small charge.
12.45pm: Story time. We all sit together to enjoy a story before the morning session ends.
1pm: Our morning sessions end and afternoon sessions begin.
In the afternoon, we provide the same opportunities as we do in the morning session, we also provide snacks at 3 pm. Children can bring in their evening meal to have at 5pm or we can provide a cold meal for a small charge.
We provide a variety of different activities at Tiny Toes Nursery throughout the year. These include:
• Speech and language groups by our Early Years teacher
• Special storytellers visiting ours setting
• Drama group
Throughout the year other fun and educational activities are held to fit in with our development planning and the children's interests. We also invite parents into the setting if they have a talent (such as art) to share with the children.
We record each child’s development using an online journal called Tapestry.
Once a child joins Tiny Toes Nursery, they are given an account which parents can log into to monitor their child’s development, as well as having an insight into their time at nursery with photographs.
Tapestry is a secure online learning journal to record photos, observations, and comments by both staff and parents to build up a record of your child’s experiences and development during their time with us.