Our Approach to Learning and Development

We believe that children learn best through play, whilst engaging with others and adults scaffolding their learning this enables children to learn and understand the world and people around them. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance to plan and provide opportunities for children to make progress in all areas of learning. Through a mixture of carefully planned adult led activities and child initiated learning where they organise and enjoy for themselves their chosen 13 areas of play thus enabling children to make choices and think for themselves to support children in becoming independent learners.


Assessment

We assess how young children are learning and developing information gained from notes, photographs and videos of the children to document their progress and where this is leading them and plan their next steps to support their learning. We believe that parents know their children best and encourage parents to share information and contribute to their assessment about what your child enjoys at home and how as parents you are supporting their learning and development. The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas of learning when the child is aged between 24-36 months. Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the progress check using the information from their ongoing observations and assessments which are carried out during everyday practice, this report takes into account the views and contributions of parents and other professionals that may be involved.


We make periodic assessment summaries of your children’s learning and development based on our ongoing assessments. These form part of your children’s records, we provide you with summaries twice a year. You will also receive a transition meeting with the child’s key person prior to them leaving for school, their transition report will give you the chance to add any further information you wish to share before they attend school. 


Children’s Learning Journals 

Here at Adorable nurseries the children’s journals are recorded online at Tapestry, their Journals are printed off and filed in your child’s folder for you to view at any time. By working together we can provide what your child needs for his/her well-being and to make progress. Your child’s key person works in partnership with you to keep this record, the information that is recorded and shared will ensure together you identify your child’s stage of progress and together we will decide on how to support your child as they move on to the next stage of learning and development.