Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has a consistent approach to care and learning from birth to the end of the Foundation Stage.
By means of developmentally appropriate play encounters and experiences and a high level of individual attention, we offer a curriculum which leads to nationally improved learning outcomes and prepares your child to progress with confidence in the National Curriculum at five years.
Thames Tiddlers Nursery is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach which strengthens and links closely to the Early Years Foundation stage. All our practices and work with children incorporates the EYFS however we plan daily and weekly to the children's interests linking in the EYFS after the experiences with the children have taken place. Our termly planning however is produced from our termly analysing of the children's learning and development outcomes in the three prime areas. From this information all staff are involved in the planning process at our termly planning and staff meetings.
Thames Tiddlers Nursery also uses an online tool called Tapestry to document each child's individual learning journeys which all parents can have access to their individual child's learning documents. An individual record of each child’s development is maintained, showing their abilities, progress rate and areas needing further staff assistance.
We cover all the National Curriculum Early Learning Goals which include:-
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and Language
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
Ofsted Inspectors will ensure that the quality of education we provide meets the minimum standards. We are also linked and supported by the “Early Years Advisory Team” through regular visits and training by the Royal borough of Greenwich.
Children who are approaching school age will receive a transitional report from their key person. Parents/Carers will have the opportunity to read and comment on their report. This and their learning profile (EYFS learning and development) will then be sent to their new school.
Extra Curriculum Activities
Forest school uses the outdoors to help all the children learn and develop through exploring and having free play in a natural environment.
Children are encouraged to develop independence skills, improve their decision making and to raise their self- esteem through small achievable tasks. The sessions are child led which accommodate individual learning styles and abilities. Children are encouraged to make choices and work with others for problem solving solutions.
The adult’s role is to observe, assess and to support the children when required. The educator documents the sessions and incorporates the philosophy of Reggio Emilia working with an enquiry based learning approach. The educators risk assesses the outdoor environment on a daily basis and ensures the resources and equipment is rich and well stocked.
Children also take part in forest school walks to the local woodlands area with educators.
TIC - Together in Communication
Thames Tiddlers Nursery is one of the Hubs for together in communication in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and works closely with other settings, educators and lead Early Years practitioners. At Thames Tiddlers we have a space specifically for TIC and a two year old lead who managers this space alongside planning and working with the two year old children.
These are carried out by Rachel our Early Years Teacher a year before for the children attend school in the September. More information can be found under Early Years Teacher and atelierista.
These sessions are lead by our atelierista Rachel and other educators in our atelier spaces. The sessions support ongoing projects and enquiries from the children's interests and fascinations. The atelier's are well resourced with rich and good quality art materials. The sessions are documented and you can see the beautiful work throughout the spaces and in formal documentation, sketchbooks and folders.
Children have the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables in the garden. They have the responsibility of planting, watering, harvesting and finally they are able to eat the food they have grown. This is a huge part of the child’s learning as it gives them an insight of a life cycle, healthy eating, how to care for something and about change.
Billy bear is a teddy that spends the weekend at one of the children’s houses and takes part in all of the outdoor activities the child may do with his/her family. For example going to the park, a friend’s house or out for lunch etc. A disposable camera and diary also go home with Billy bear so the children can take photographs and write about their adventures.