Education & Montessori
Learning & development
Children learn and develop in many ways; through their imaginative play, social interactions with their peers and adults who care for them, by having fun, being physically and mentally active, exploring new experiences as well as building upon things that they already know and can do. Children who begin their education in a positive learning environment that is vibrant, purposeful, challenging and supportive stand the best chance of developing into confident and successful learners.
Children’s Learning Journey
We use Tapestry which is an interactive online learning journal that helps us to record, track and celebrate your child’s progress in the nursery.
Our relationships with the children
Our relationships with the children in our care are extremely important to us as they are the foundation for them developing into happy, confident, able and resilient young people. We are positive role models in helping the children to understand their feelings, appreciate other views, make and maintain positive relationships. Through our warm, responsive and consistent care children are encouraged to develop to their full potential taking into account their starting point, learning style and capabilities.
Our outside environments are richly resourced to support the all-round development and well-being of children; physical activities are encouraged from birth such as “tummy time”, crawling, “energetic play” such as riding a bike, running, ball games or climbing to use the slide.
Keyworkers’ use their observational skills and child development knowledge to give a full picture of each child’s stage of learning, current interests, learning style, areas of strength or identify where extra support is needed. We use this information to plan for children’s’ “next steps of learning” using our stimulating learning environments, well planned focussed activities and high-quality interactions from our practitioners.
Vital role of parents
We value the vital role that parents, carers and the home learning environment play, in supporting the future well-being and achievements of the children in our care. Our partnerships with parents, carers are extremely important to us and we provide lots of opportunities to strengthen this relationship throughout our provision. Events such as sharing information with daily verbal feedback, communication diaries for our youngest children and feedback sheets, interactive learning journals, stay and play sessions, newsletters, annual sport’s day, parents evenings, nativity plays and graduation ceremonies as examples.
What is Montessori
The Montessori approach is different and what makes it work so well, is that it is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn through choosing, trying and doing activities for themselves. If a child can choose for themselves what he or she would like to do they will concentrate for longer and therefore learning is more likely to take place supported by the guidance of our Montessori teachers.
Children choose from low level open shelves with prepared high quality resources and activities which offer learning and development opportunities across all areas. On our practical life shelves we offer activities to promote hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and using tools for a purpose such pouring, transferring and dressing frames. On other shelves children can choose from a large selection of exciting maths, language, cultural and sensorial activities. Should any parent or carer require any further information about Montessori, please enquire at any of our nurseries who will be only too happy to help you.
A Montessori education encourages children to become able, confident and independent learners and works in harmony with the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) which we also follow within the Tudor House Montessori Group.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is very important as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
The Tudor House Nursery Group is registered to deliver the EYFS and we must follow Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (2017) (EYFS)
How my child will be learning
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.