curriculum

Foundation stage trained
We support the teaching of The Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the year with our qualified staff. The EYFS teaches children to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent from the loving and secure relationships they form with you and us. Our carefully planned environments support your child’s learning and development and shows them how to learn in different ways.

Learning Philosophy
Each child’s individual character flourishes in a setting that encourages variety, flair and effective self-expression, in a pattern of positive social values, personal relationships, and personal discipline. We respect all children as individuals to ensure they feel valued and able to confidently explore all the learning opportunities available to them.

Learning does not mean staying indoors! We fully embrace free flow incorporating both stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments and are passionate about our Forest Schools we have created at our settings.

Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. The Polkadot team understands that children learn in many different ways.

Curriculum
The curriculum that will be offered in the nursery encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from themselves. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking. We do this by:

  • Making children feel valued and good about themselves

  • Ensuring that children have equality of access to learning

  • Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources

  • Avoiding stereotypes or derogatory images in the selection of materials

  • Celebrating a wide range of festivals

  • Creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance

  • Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable

  • Ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of children with special educational needs and children with disabilities

  • Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to the curriculum and are supported in their learning

  • To extend an awareness of the variety, range and purpose of language and communication

KEY OBJECTIVES

Today the business cares for some 400 children across 9 Ofsted registered settings and employs some 50 staff on both a full and part-time basis. Our key business objectives are:

  • To provide innovative high-quality care and education in a happy, caring, safe and secure environment.

  • To encourage each child to reach their potential – at their pace.

  • To provide a flexible service to help parents achieve a better work/life balance.

  • To retain a strong and committed team of professionals.

  • To continuously improve everything we do.

  • To grow the business sustainably without over extending and thereby effecting service quality and delivery.

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