At Banana Moon Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) principled approach to guide the work we do with children and the care we provide them. The principled approach is built on four guiding themes:
- A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, and confident and self- assured.
- Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and their key people
- Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
We look carefully at our children; consider their needs, their interests and their stages of development, when applying the above principles. We use all this information to help plan experiences and activities across all seven areas of learning and development.
Areas of Learning & Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others;to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Making relationships
- Self confidence and self-awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Moving and handling,
- Health and self-care
Communication and Language Development
Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Listening and attention
Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters, and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
- Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe, and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- People and communities
- The world
Expressive Arts and Design
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
We encourage exploration and investigation through play at our home-away-from-home environment.
Our baby class features playful interactions including songs and rhymes, as well as physical experiences such as bouncing, rolling, rocking etc.
The very young children are natural explorers, driven to discover their world and their place in it! Our toddler class is a hub of activity, with children engaging in messy play, rhyme time, music and movement. Planned activities are offered for younger children to enhance their journey as they begin to walk, talk, listen and explore.
Nursery (2 years – 3 years):
The nursery class offers play activities that provide an ideal vehicle for children to explore their emerging creativity. We encourage children to talk with their friends and teachers and share their experiences to promote their language and communication skills.
With the provision of well-planned play, children are encouraged to not only develop and use their imagination but are also encouraged to extend their language/communicative, mathematical, physical, investigatory, exploratory, creative and social skills. They will be learning how to share, take turns, consider the needs of others and will as a result, gain confidence.