At Small Friends we aim to offer each child:

  • A safe and stimulating, rich learning environment

  • Generous care and attention, through our high ratio’s of qualified staff to children

  • Rich play and learning opportunities provided through thoughtful activities and helpful, nurturing staff who assist children's thinking and learning. 

  • Help to move children forward within their learning and development by staff identifying and building upon what she/he already knows and can do

  • A personal key person who ensures each child makes positive relationships and  satisfying progress​​

  • A setting that sees parents as partners in helping their child to learn and develop, where parents views are valued.

 

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 

The (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old which we follow at Small Friends. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.​

Our children are placed within two groups; the Caterpillar Group (2-3 years) and the Butterfly Group (3-5 years). 

 

The areas of learning: 

  • communication and language

  • physical development

  • personal, social and emotional development

  • literacy

  • mathematics

  • understanding the world

  • expressive arts and design

Your child will mostly be learning the EYFS curriculum through play based activities at Small Friends, where we aim to deliver rich, varied and fun learning.

Our Nursery practitioners help young children to learn and develop through playing with them and 'doing' and talking. Research has shown this is how young children learn to think. We use the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In many of these activities children decide how they will use the  activity, in others an adult takes the lead in helping the children take part in the activity to enrich their learning. In all activities  information from the practice guidance to the Early Years Foundation Stage is used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.

Assessments are made by staff of how your child is learning and developing through observing them frequently. We use the early  learning goals, which can be found in the early years framework.

We make periodic assessment summaries of children's achievement based on these ongoing development records at regular intervals  as well as times of transition, such as when children move into a different group or when they go on to school. These form part of your  child's records of achievement. This information will enable your child’s key person to identify your child's stage of progress during and  outside of regular review meetings. Your childs Health visior may also assess your child between 2- 3  years old. Their class teacher will then later assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5. We believe that parents and carers know their children best and we ask them to contribute to  assessments by sharing information about what their children like to do at home, and how between us we can further support learning  and development.

 

Records of achievement are kept for each child. We use Tapestry to record these digitally on and parents and carers work together on these records. These are one of the ways in which the key worker and parents work in partnership, by focussing on your child’s needs, activities and interests. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together his/her achievements and to work together to  provide for your child needs to promote well-being and to make further progress in learning.