“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn. ”
- O. Fred Donaldson
At St Augustine’s Nursery we want to ensure that children in our care gain essential life skills and knowledge by fostering their physical, verbal, cognitive and emotional development in an environment that values all communities, cultures and people. We aim for them to be happy, confident and independent; to have strong self-esteem and to interact positively with others.
Play is an important part of making sense of the world and learning, and it is at the heart of our curriculum. Through a combination of planned indoor and outdoor adult-led activities as well as ample child-initiated play, children are encouraged to develop their interests and skills. This prepares them to learn about the new concepts and vocabulary introduced and explained by the staff, starting new conversations and feeding the inquiring minds.
Warm and positive relationships between staff and children, consistent routines and strong relationships with parents are key to providing a firm foundation for each child’s love of learning.
Curriculum & Implementation
St Augustine's Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 framework, which promotes a child-centred approach focused on a combination of individual needs, environment and the contribution of the adults and professionals involved. This covers 7 areas of development:
Personal, social and emotional
Communication and language
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
We understand the importance of parental engagement in their child’s education. We work hard to create partnerships between home and nursery, which are very important to support the child’s whole development. Parents are consulted and encouraged to share home learning experiences using Tapestry, their child’s online journal. They can access their child’s journal as often as they like, better enabling them to engage with their child about their learning.