Staff encourage the children to have consideration for others, especially the younger children, and to have good manners and develop friendships. With such high staff ratios, each child is given individual attention at frequent times throughout the day helping them discover new skills and promote their interest in the activities available to them.
Our children love being outdoors and we believe that outdoor play is as important as indoor play for young children and our nursery has a large garden that enables a free flowing indoor to outdoor environment. There is a wide range of toys and resources and areas for the children to dig, plant and grow, climb, run, jump, explore and be imaginative.
At Little Red Hen Day Nursery, our day is structured to ensure that the children benefit from well-planned stimulating activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, but flexible enough to easily accommodate child-initiated play. The principles of the EYFS encourage staff to observe and track each of their key children’s progress and development; helping them to plan future activities and experiences tailored to individual children’s interests and needs.
The planning sheet links into the EYFS framework mentioned above, and we highlight the learning and development outcomes against the themes and commitments of the EYFS. We aim to make the learning experiences as much fun as possible so that the children enjoy what they are doing and remained engaged so learn through their play and social interactions.
We incorporate periods for different types of play, to ensure that the children have a full and well balanced learning environment that includes construction toys, messy and sensory play, arts and crafts, home corner, dressing-up, music and action songs with instruments, small world, plenty of outdoor play and exploration, storytime (sometimes with the aid of puppets) and freeplay.
We aim to go on an outing once a week to an area of local interest within a short walk. The nursery has tandem buggies for the younger children who are unable to walk unaided and older toddlers wear reins or wrist straps to keep them safe while outdoors in the local community.