We educate our children using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is the framework developed by the Department of Education and Skills. The aim is to support children's learning, development and welfare.
The EYFS begins from birth to the end of the reception year at school. The practitioners at Woodend Private Day Nursery use this framework and its principles to provide high quality education and care.
Our nursery practitioners understand the need to provide well planned play experiences that stimulate and challenge. Through observing children during play we can build on what they can already do and provide new experiences to extend their learning.
The EYFS encourages children to develop:
At Woodend Private Day Nursery, we recognise the value of:
A good balance of play activities to encourage development of both physical and cognitive skills
We understand the need to provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor play
We provide time for quiet and boisterous play
We recognise that children need both adult led and child initiated activities
We operate a key worker system in the nursery so that children build up a relationship with a familiar adult. This also provides parents with a point of contact for their child so they can discuss their child’s day. The key worker plans activities for each child’s needs and interests.
Free play activities allow the toddlers the freedom to choose and spend as much time as they like at an activity. The nursery practitioners also have small group activities such as story time, music time and cookery sessions.