Welcome To Our Nursery's Learning Curriculum

Art and Creativity

Arts and CraftOur goals for children’s learning in this area are:
Developing skills and confidence with the processes of Art and Craft
To explore colour and textures
Enhancing fine motor skills
Encouraging both independent and co-operative play
Following simple instructions
To develop hand–eye co-ordination
Having fun and enjoyment
To develop an appreciation for aesthetics.
We provide these opportunities through:
Finger-painting, messy play, playdough, gluing, painting with a variety of tools including brushes, rollers sponges etc, using crayons, pastels, pens and offering a range of collage materials etc.



Language and Literacy

I Can ReadOur goals for children’s learning in this area are:
To develop an expectation that words and books can amuse, delight, comfort, inform and excite.
To become familiar with simple story lines or to recognise the story through the illustrations.
For the older toddlers to repeat simple story lines and finger counting rhymes.
To independently get a book from the shelf and turn the pages one at a time.
Name recognition.

 

We provide these opportunities through:
Mat times, reading stories, board stories, finger rhymes, role modeling the use of books, displaying books that are easily accessible, writing their name on their work.

 

Routines and Regular Events

Routines and Regular EventsOur goals for children’s learning in this area are:
To ensure all needs are being met for children’s comfort and well-being.
To provide an environment that is predictable and structured to meet individual needs.
To experience an environment where children feel safe and secure.
Routines from home are followed as closely as possible at the centre.
Primary caregiving is valued and supported.

We provide these opportunities through:
Communicating formally and informally with parents and caregivers.
Talking to the children - naming and letting them know what is going happen next. Providing children with choice and opportunities to regulate their own routines.

 

Dramatic Play

Dramatic PlayOur goals for children's learning in this area are:
Encouraging imaginative play.
Role modelling familiar events and happenings.
Experimentation and manipulation of a variety of materials and equipment to support their play.
For both genders to explore and use any or all of the props.
Increasing confidence and a repertoire for symbolic, pretend and dramatic play.
To have fun and enjoyment.
To encourage both independent and co-operative play.

 

We provide these opportunities through:
A variety of props e.g. dolls, cots, blankets, dress-ups and kitchen equipment.



Manipulative Play

Manipulative PlayOur goals for children’s learning in this area are:
Enhancing hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
Increasing independence and experiencing a sense of achievement.
To attempt the use of a variety of equipment that will extend their capabilities and development
Developing problem solving strategies and an increased concentration span.
Encouraging social skills eg sharing.
Enjoyment and fun.






We provide these opportunities through:
Puzzles,posting boxes, threading, heuristic play,”feely trough”, blocks, hammer and peg board etc.




Physically Active Play

Physically Active PlayOur goals for children’s learning in this area are:
Developing confidence in and control of their bodies.
Increasing agility,co-ordination and balance.
Developing confidence in their physical abilities and experiencing a sense of achievement.
To attempt the use of a variety of equipment that will extend their capabilities and physical development.
Emerging social skills eg turn-taking.
Enjoyment and fun.

 

We provide these opportunities through:
Obstacle courses, swings, slides, tunnels, bikes, climbing apparatus, ladders, balls etc.



Sensorial Play

Sensorial PlayOur goals for children’s learning in this area are:
Experimentation with a variety of tactile resources.
Developing an understanding of the nature and properties of a range of substances.
Building finger strength and dexterity.
Exploration through touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.
Being creative.
Experiencing changes in light, colour, reflection, textures and sound.






We provide these opportunities through:
Collage, messy play, cooking/baking, sandplay, waterplay, fingerpaint, “feely trough”, fragranced playdough, Role modelling by adults.



Music and Movement

Our goals for children’s learning in this area are:
Using and exploring instruments.
Being exposed to a variety of musical genre.
Developing rhythm and beat.
Being creative and expressive.
Listening to and following simple instructions.
Remembering songs and actions (recognition and recall).
The expectation that music and movement is exciting and fun.






We provide these opportunities through:
Spontaneous and planned sessions. Using instruments, scarves, tapes, singing, finger-plays, dancing and body movement.