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The Bertram Nursery Group provides stimulating, caring and respectful environments for all children attending all of our Nurseries.  Staff are trained to promote a carefully planned structure for your child’s day through close monitoring of individuality and provision of ongoing activities to enhance and support your child’s development to their full potential. We are child centred and take the lead from the child throughout the day. We encourage and promote learning through exploration, talking, experimenting, thinking and creation in a responsive and respectful manner. We aim to have confident, independent, sociable children with a sound knowledge of the world around them.

All of our nurseries in the group follow their own local planning guidelines to work in partnership with their local council.  Our values we demonstrate in practice within our nurseries are that we recognise children as individuals and they have the rights, that we create non stereo typical environment, we encourage good citizenship, we treat parents and each other with the upmost respect and that we provide a safe and stimulating environment with a strong emphasis on Education and care to give children the best start in life.

Within our Scottish Nurseries we follow the Curriculum for Excellence (CFE) placing focus on the value of learners’ experiences and how the role of the teacher or child care worker is so important in generating inspiring, challenging and motivating learning and teaching opportunities for the children in our care.

Through CFE we are ensuring that all children and young people are achieving their full potential. In order to do this our staff plan the children’s activities around what the children are interested in.  In our pre-school rooms we have a variety of different methods of consulting with our children on what they want to learn.  Some examples of this are mind mapping and children’s meetings where staff sit with the children and openly talk and discuss what they want to learn about.  From these discussions staff plan activities to further children’s learning.

The CFE is split into 4 Capacities which are:

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Effective Contributors
  • Responsible Citizens

Staff provide activities for children which have breadth and depth and enhance their knowledge.   Not only will the activities provided look at the 4 Capacities they will also look at the 3 Core areas for learning in the CFE.  The core areas for learning are:

§  Literacy
§  Numeracy
§  Health & Wellbeing

Each activity planned by our staff will cross over into these 3 areas of learning.  Enabling all learners to maximise their potential is a key aspect of our role as child care practitioners.   Children learn when they are playing and having fun!

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

It is a very important stage in your child’s life. The EYFS Framework helps ensure children are ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.

Through the EYFS Framework your child will be learning to support their healthy development.  Your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their outstanding 7 Areas of Learning & Development. Children should mostly develop the 3 Prime Areas first. These are:

  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
These Prime Areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.  As children grow, the Prime Areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing & exploring, being active and through creative & critical thinking which all takes place both indoors and outside.  The EYFS Framework underpins everything we do here at Holyrood Nursery and is firmly embedded throughout our practice each day.

We have a clear operational plan for the nursery and a detailed Ofsted Self Evaluation. This self evaluation is designed to inform the reader about the way our nursery operates and how the EYFS Framework is embedded throughout our practice.

Management and staff work through the Quality Improvement Support Programme – this encourages reflective practice and assists in the self evaluation processes.  Our nursery team are guided by our local council and EYFS consultants with regards to planning for the children so that they are in line with local guidance.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

For more information on the EYFS Framework, visit: http://www.education.gov.uk