Our approach and curriculum
At The Nurture Room we aim to provide the highest quality care and education by basing our education practice on three key principles.
We incorporate findings from early years education research with a vast array of early years theorists and philosophies, such as Reggio Emilia, The Montessori Method and Forest School to inform our approach. This research tells us that children benefit from a range of educational experiences that include purposeful play based learning, adult initiated conversations and activities as well as supported group work.
Well qualified and experienced teaching staff
Our approach is built on having well qualified and experienced teachers and Early Years educators caring for our children and families.
At The Nurture Room we pride ourselves on spending time getting to know and nurture each child we work with. This is facilitated by a low ratio of children to well qualified adults.
We have designed a bespoke curriculum for the children in our care. It is based on the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding of the World. While these offer a starting point, at the centre of our thinking is that children need to develop a foundation of knowledge, skills and beliefs to become self-aware, compassionate and confident learners who are interested in people and the world around them.
To do this our curriculum is constructed around 4 key interlinked areas. This starts with the children understanding and valuing who they are as individuals. We also place a large emphasis on developing children’s communication skills enabling them to express their ideas, personality and understanding of the world. Over time, we support children to build meaningful relationships, firstly with adults, and then their peers through which they learn more about and explore the world around them.
The diagram below shows how these different areas of our curriculum are linked and build on each other.
Each of these areas will be covered throughout the year but in different ways for different children according to their interests and stage of development.
Keeping families in the loop
We place great importance on ensuring we build and maintain a trusting and open relationship with our families. We have conversations with families when you drop off and pick up your child as well as sending regular updates on your child’s wellbeing and learning. You will also be invited to termly partnership meetings to discuss your child’s development in more depth.
We are committed to providing inclusive education and aim to provide a learning experience that caters to the needs of all children. As part of our day to day work with children we will be using an assess, plan and review cycle where we will be able to identify any areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage that your child may be experiencing difficulty with and support them to develop further in this area. If we are concerned that there may be an underlying learning need, you are worried about your child’s development or if a learning need or disability has already been identified, we will work with you and external agencies to further the support for your child. If this applies to your child, please get in touch and we can talk to you about our provision in greater depth.