Development

DSC01483Staff at ‘The Old School House Nursery’ constantly assess the children to monitor how they are progressing towards the early learning skills and intentions. They identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses and plan an appropriate curriculum specifically tailored to that child. ESTYN and other agencies monitor this through inspections.

Each child has their own record which holds material such as an early years development record and relevant information on the growth, health and development of that child, as well as recording any significant achievements or milestones.

ThomasSRecords may also contain samples of the children’s work such as paintings and examples of progress, these records can be passed on to parents, schools or other agencies if required.

Ultimately, what we aim to provide for the children is love and comfort, encouragement and praise, plenty of room and equipment to play, learn and have fun, protection from danger and the security to play freely in a safe and friendly learning environment. At the end of a child’s time at ‘The Old School House Nursery’, we hope to have developed the children and allowed them to gain experience, confidence, abilities and social awareness in preparation for their next step, which may be school.

Health and Well-Being is on the forefront of our ethos for both staff and children. We are the first Nursery in Wales to sign a pledge with Time to Change Wales  and are committed to support all areas of health within the setting. The Nursery also follows the Paths Education Curriculum for our Pre-Schoolers, which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills, enabling them to make positive choices throughout life. The Paths Ed Curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills.

Jackie the Nursery Manager is also qualified and certified to teach Mindfulness from the age of 3 years up to early adulthood and is part of the Mindfulness in Schools Project Wales. At its most basic level, mindfulness helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. We learn to bring greater curiosity to whatever it is we experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding father of secular mindfulness, described this skill as ‘being alive and knowing it’.

It is essential we immerse children in a safe, learning environment which enables them to explore their curiosity in a non-judgemental way, allowing them to positively flourish, whilst building resilience and a ‘toolkit’ they can take forward into their adolescent years.