Play is a Child’s Work

A huge range of activities help children to explore their way through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and beyond. While there is never a dull moment, we foster a calm, nurturing environment and staff are always ready to help them reflect on what they have learned.

‘In the Moment Planning’ (ITMP), enables us to identify learning opportunities and create teachable moments, as they happen, for each child.

If we notice something a child can do or needs help with, we respond straight away to support them. This can simply mean standing back and being encouraging or might mean we sensitively help children or join in with their play.

Most of our assessment is in the here and now. Whilst we interact with each child throughout the day, we focus on groups of children each week, noting their observations and interactions. This allows us to create written observations to assess each child termly.

There are always opportunities for you to be involved in your children’s time at Sunbeams. For example, you can share information and photos with us using the online learning journal Tapestry.

Knowing what children are like outside of nursery is important to get a whole view of the child. We want to work with you to help your child be the best they can be. Come and attend regular meetings to share information and discuss your children’s learning, care and development.

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