Learning & Development Policy

At Oakfields we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum ensuring our educational programme covers the prime and specific areas of learning.

PRIME
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Communication and Language

SPECIFIC
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design

Children achievements and their progress are recorded in their Learning Journey, children are assessed through key person’s observations, through their interaction and knowledge gained on what the child is able to do. They use evidence such as photographs, children’s work products and focused activity set by adults.

Each child’s learning journey is unique to them as every child learns at their own pace in their own way and staff use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable learning opportunities. Staff take into account children’s interest and childhood developments such as how children learn.

Staff consider the environment that children access and how they can be engaged in effective play, developing curiosity and the confidence to try new things.

Staff plan to enable children to become active learners, by following their interest and schemas. This enables children to be involved in enjoyable activity where they can achieve and be motivated to learn.

During a child’s induction period parent/carer receive a welcome pack this outlines the nursery routine and key information such as items of clothing required and nappies/wipes etc.

Parent/carer meets their child’s key person and are informed of all assessment procedures and are made aware of their expected contribution to their child’s learning.

Staff complete an Initial Child Information sheet to get information about the child from their parent/carer.

When a child is aged between two and three staff review their progress and parent/carer receives a copy of the report.

The report highlights the child’s development and any strengths or areas that a child may not be progressing in. Areas that have been identified as below level of expectation will be recorded and a child will receive support which could result in working with our SENCO.

Parent/carer will also be advised on how to encourage learning at home to further support their child’s development.

Staff complete on-entry and on-going data that is shared with the Local Authority to identify children’s development in the beginning and through their learning journey to see how they are progressing.

Oakfields Montessori Nursery located in Romford, Havering, London

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