“Play is the highest form of research.”
“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.”
At Nightingales Nursery the ethos is learning through play. Play is the leading form of development for young children, it enables children to communicate with each other, practice co-operating, sharing, taking turns, and problem solving.
Children learn through their senses, exploration, investigation, listening and observing. Play encourages children to be curious about their environment, extends interest and equips them with skills for future learning.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework, there are 7 areas of learning which cover all the activities offered at Nightingales Nursery. The EYFS suggests the starting point for children is to observe how they act and react within play.
We have a garden area with variety of outdoor play experiences –including a quiet comfortable reading area, large garden toys and balancing activities the garden is used by all age groups both independently and all together.
“Partnerships with parents are strong. Information is regularly exchanged between the staff and parents. Parents spoken to on the day of inspection state they value the service offered and are kept updated about their child’s progress. Parents written
comments are also very positive”. (Ofsted 2018 )
“Staff use their observations and assessments of children to plan precisely for the next stages in their learning. Staff share these with parents to help them to continue their
child’s good learning at home.” (Ofsted 2018)