Our nursery and pre-school follow the government based framework for early learning called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Through the EYFS we seek to provide:
The EYFS learning and development requirements comprise of:
The 7 Areas of Learning and Development – (described below);
These Prime Areas are those most essential for a child's healthy development and future learning.
As the children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas. These are:
These 7 Areas are used to plan the children's learning and activities. The staff at Rainbow Corner Nursery teaching and supporting the children will make sure that the activities are suited to each child's unique needs.
There are 3 characteristics of effective learning which help us plan for a child's individual learning and developmental experience-
Playing & Exploring – is about a child's engagement in their learning & development…
Active Learning – is about a child's motivation (wanting) to learn…
Creative & thinking critically – is how a child thinks…
Four guiding principles shape our practice at Rainbow Corner Nursery. These are:
The framework covers education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
None of the areas of learning are delivered in isolation from the others. They are all equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child initiated activities.
More information can also be found using www.foundationyears.org.uk. This website caters from pregnancy to children aged 5 and has many useful contacts for parents.
At Rainbow Corner Nursery School, we have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENco) who works with all members of staff across the setting to identify and support children with additional educational needs or disabilities. The role of the SENco involves:
There is also a local authority Area SENco who is available to support the setting SENco.
Children’s SEN are generally thought of in the following four broad areas of need and support:
At Rainbow Corner Nursery School we have an open door policy and a strong partnership with our parents. All children are assigned a Key Worker who will have overall responsibility for that child’s development. All children’s progress is carefully monitored through ongoing observational assessments which are recorded in an individual Learning Journey. The staff conduct a summative assessment each term and the parents are invited to a meeting once a term to discuss their child’s progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, although we encourage open dialogue throughout the year should a parent have any concerns they wish to discuss.
On induction to the setting, we request that the parent completes a comprehensive ‘All About Me’ form, so that key information about the strengths and needs of the child can be shared, for example, their likes, dislikes, culture and background etc.
Through observing the children, the Key Worker will identify individual needs and plan next steps. Support will be provided by the Room Leader, Setting Manager and the Setting’s SENco, and in conjunction with the parents, additional support will be sought from outside agencies, such as Speech and Language Therapists, where necessary.
We work in close partnership with the local Sure Start Children’s Centres to provide a range of parent ‘stay and play’ workshops and family events all year round and staff signpost parents to the available support.