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At Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries our approach to your child’s development starts with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and goes way further to help your child make the most of their time at nursery and prepare them for the journey ahead.

Your child will learn through the magic of play, supported by trained staff who have a passion for providing memorable learning experiences with expertise in the specific areas of building children’s communication and language, supporting physical development, and crucial emotional development too. We extend these prime areas with activities and an environment that promotes exploration in literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. Our curriculum is not confined to four walls and you’ll find learning lives in every space including the outdoors, and the world around us.

Staff carefully devote their time actively caring for and playing with the children and supporting the whole group routine with welcoming the children, circle times, nappy changing and toilet training, meal times, and saying farewell at the end of nursery day. During this time they are constantly carrying out observations spotting those developmental milestones and subtle changes in a child’s interests ready to record and share in your child’s Learning Journey.

We capture and share your child’s development through our Learning Books, updating the Learning Journey with observations that detail the activities your child takes part in by capturing the moment in both written word and photograph. This begins from the moment your child begins their journey at our nurseries and stays with them until they leave at which point all of this information can be shared with their new school or wherever else your child is taking there next steps. You have access to your child’s Learning Journey and are more than welcome to take a peek inside anytime, you will also be given plenty of opportunities to learn more about how your child spends their day at the nursery’s parents evenings and other events.

We follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which sets the standards for learning, development, and care for children from birth up to 5 years of age.

The principles which guide the work of our Early Years Professionals are grouped into four themes:

A unique child – every child is a competent leaner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured

Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person

Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning

Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different times; all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

There are three prime areas of learning in which our Early Years Professionals support children to learn and develop. These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Plus four specific areas of learning. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Key Initiatives

Circle Time

A special time to share thoughts and ideas, providing an inclusive social activity for children to connect with their emotions, learning to express themselves with confidence and creativity. Within this time children will explore areas of self awareness and empathy, creating a respectful and caring ethos towards others, also learning retention ability and listening skills.

Messy Play

A fun time for children to enjoy learning through making a mess! Playing with a variety of different materials with an aim of developing sensory awareness, coordination and fine motor skills. Exploration of shapes, textures, sounds and smells encourages a better knowledge and understanding of the surrounding world and it’s defining properties. It also promotes freedom of play, enhancing imagination and creative expression.

Story Time

An enchanting journey through the imagination, an opportunity for children to explore their creative minds. Story time enhances early literacy skills and phonological awareness, whilst developing speech and language skills. Combining auditory with visual mediums, such as books, pictures and props; encourages children to connect with their active imaginations. Introductions of role play through interactive story telling enhances communication skills and self confidence.

Free Play

Encouraging children to freely explore the surrounding world contributes significantly towards their cognitive, social and emotional development. It enhances physical dexterity and coordination, whilst supporting creativity and imagination. Interactions with other children teach a capacity to adapt ideas through cooperative play, developing their decision making skills and the ability to share. Freedom of expression also allows a child time for self discovery and identification of interests, allowing them to engage in the passions they wish to pursue.

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