We learn through play

At Surbiton Children’s Centre Nursery our teams take pride in the thorough planning undertaken to meet the needs of all the children. Thorough planning ensures that we are able to offer high quality, relevant learning experiences. We use the Early Years guidance (EYFS) with 7 curriculum areas and characteristics of effective learning being a strong emphasis to guide our provision for the varying needs and interest of our diverse community. We follow the interests of the children and tailor our themes to match those interests as well as introducing new ideas and key skills to ensure that the education we provide is well rounded.

The provision within the Nursery in “The Den”

The Hive   The Nest     Surbiton 2’s

The Green

Our planning is based on long, medium and short-term objectives:

  • long-term plans detail the learning opportunities available through our continuous provision;
  • medium-term plans describe the enhancement of our continuous provision to meet learning needs and follow our children’s interests;

short-term plans detail the daily provision, adapting it to meet the children’s interests and needs. We use the “In the moment planning” format to ensure that the children’s interests, needs and next steps for learning are catered for. This means we document after the event to show next steps for learning and teachable moments. Rather than trying to plan in advance.

In the moment Planning

Young children have a natural desire to learn, explore and be curious about the world. Their play often mimics their real life experiences and through their play is the opportunity to practise new skills and develop their interests. It means that the environment will be carefully planned out and designed to ensure the core provison meets the needs of all children with teachable moments happening alongside the enhanced offer “in the moment”.

How we Plan, Record and Report for individual children

Every child is regularly observed and assessed.  We follow a cycle that will focus on 6 children per week per class to ensure very rigorous and in depth observations over a whole term. From these observations and assessments the staff set individual targets to ensure each child reaches their full potential.

Various methods are used to record observations: written notes, assessments, photos and samples of work. We integrate observations from parents, other professionals and children’s own comments into our records. We also use Tapestry to share our observations with parents/carers as well as receiving updates from home to share the achievements and wow moments from home. Our Books of Learning experience will be a personal and individual account of your child’s journey, interests and learning throughout their time in the Nursery and we take great pride in these beautiful accounts which are a treasured memory in years to come.

Any parents who would like to volunteer in the classrooms please speak to a member of staff to see if this can be arranged.

This term the children will be learning through though their interest following the seasons and special times in their community and personal special occasions.

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Newsletter Autumn 2018

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For more information about Early years guidance follow these links: