The curriculum at Hamilton Nursery is designed to teach and educate children through a variety of different well planned activities. We have taken great care to ensure that the methods used by our practitioners are based on sound techniques as suggested by our experienced management team. With the support of our ‘key person’ approach and working closely with parents, we aim to give the best possible to start to a child’s life.
Following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) ensures that every child at Hamilton Nursery learns through quality play and exploration, while fully supported in their journey by a dedicated key person who will also work with you whilst your child is at the nursery.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework
Throughout Hamilton Nursery we aim to use Early years curriculum to create exciting and effective learning experiences to support children to thrive in their early years education. We do this in line with the multiple areas of learning including:
- Communication and language – Our practitioners help the children express themselves clearly and confidently using various communication methods.
- Physical development – We encourage all children to be confident in movement and co-ordination, by exploring our numerous outdoor spaces. This area of learning includes healthy eating and lifestyles.
- Personal, social and emotional development – We support children’s wellbeing by developing their social skills and encouraging them to manage and express their emotions. We do this taking into account their self confidence and environment that they are in.
- Literacy – Here at Hamilton Nursery we have numerous reading corners and our own library. We have storytelling sessions as part of our daily routines and various writing stations.
- Mathematics – We encourage mathematics through every day play and we use the environment around us to support childrens learning of numbers, shapes and space.
- Understanding the world – At Hamilton Nursery children are encouraged to explore their local community and begin to understand the various cultures around them.
- Expressive arts and design – Here we encourage children to express themselves creatively using various mediums and across different aspects of art, design, music, dance and technology.
The EYFS framework goes beyond the above, of course, also encouraging playing, exploring, critical thinking, the concept of ideas, strategies, motivation and accepting challenges with tenacity, however tough they may at first appear to be.
Key Person System
The key person will plan learning experiences based on your child’s interests and stage of development and will observe and monitor your child. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and we welcome parental contributions to the learning that takes place.
Parents – the primary educator
When away from the nursery, parents are encouraged to be the primary educator for the children and this overall approach is proven to be by far the most effective way for children to learn and develop most successfully during their early, formative years. We aim to work closely with all families for the best outcome for their children.
Parents Guide to the EYFS
‘What to expect when?’ is a fantastic document for parents, please click the button below to open the document. You will see guidance in line with the EYFS curriculum but for parents. Please feel free to access this document and share your thoughts with your child’s key person.