The nursery routines

Play2Learn believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the nursery session/day are provided in ways that:

  • help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the nursery
  • ensure the safety of each child
  • help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
  • provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.

    The Session

    The nursery organises its sessions so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. These activities include Letters and Sounds and a package called Playing and Learning to Socialise (PALS) .Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.

    If your child attends for a half day or pre school hours they will receive the same access to the curriculum as the full time children, the day is structured so that the morning and afternoon sessions offer similar activities.

    PALS (playing and learning to socialise)

    This programme is an introduction to social skills and they are essential to help a child adapt to school. It supports children to use a range of socially skilled behaviours such as looking at people when talking to them, listening and not interrupting, follow rules and share/take turns. Parents are asked to support this at home and are sent information sheets home on ideas of how they can support their child.

    Wellbeing and involvement

    It is vital that all the children at Play2Learn are happy and involved in the activities that we plan for them. Therefore we assess termly how all of our children are progressing looking at how settled they are and how much they take part in the activities. In this way we can support them through our key person system and by working with parents to increase these areas. If they are ahead we will look how we can stretch them so that their interest in activities and well being remains.

    Multi sensory time

    Children will take part in a small group activity during their time at play2learn which is lead by an adult. Every child will be encouraged to take part and the activity is planned so that the child's senses are used to encourage deep learning. Activities may be based around a story, nursery rhymes, letters and sounds or music. It is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and forms part of the weekly planning

    ECAT (every child is a talker)

    Language is important as it forms the basis for interactions with other people, to be able to tell someone about our thoughts, needs and experiences. It is so important as children need to make friends. At the setting we have an Early Years Lead Language professional (Annette Rahman) who ensures that the setting is a communication friendly environment. All team members spend time talking and more importantly listening to children, taking part in their play, extending their language and developing their imaginary play.
    Each child is tracked to ensure they are reaching developmental milestones and extra support is given to those children who need it and on occasion a referral to speech and language with the parent's permission. Those children who are very able are extended to increase their vocabulary and understanding of how language works. To support ECAT we use signing and visual clues alongside verbal language. We spend time reading stories using props so the children can become involved and we sing many different rhymes as this help to develop vocabulary in a fun way. Parents are involved by sending rhymes and stories home and each key person will share individual planning with parents that will support language development. In turn parents share what their child has dome at home and how their child expresses themselves so we can work in partnership.

    Forest school

    Every child will have the opportunity to take part in Forest Schools throughout the year. It is an opportunity for children to experience the outdoors in all weathers and to see the changes that occur in nature and enjoy the freedom of being outside. Play2Learn provides all in one weather suits and wellies for each child and we ask that parents provide elasticised warm trousers, layers of clothing along with hats, gloves and scarves when appropriate. Forest schools is a vital part of our curriculum and many of the children learn better in the outdoors, have better behaviour and learn how to take supervised risks. The opportunities for learning are many and we have a high ratio of staff to children when we go out. We also offer family sessions where parents and carers are asked to come along with us to a forest school session so you can take part with your child and experience the joy of forest schools.