Explore the foundations of our curriculum and what to expect from your child’s time at Country Mice.
How we embed the EYFS throughout our practice:
Throughout each area of the nursery we have workshop areas, construction, role play, and science and investigation are just some examples. These are carefully planned out areas to ensure the children are provided with the best experiences and opportunities. Each area is closely linked with the EYFS to ensure that practitioners are aware of the learning outcomes available for the children in the areas. Workshop planning is reviewed once a term so new lines of interests can be followed and additional resources can be added
Key Persons system
We operate a key person system at Country mice. This person forms an initial bond with your child and helps you as well as your child to feel safe and secure in your new surroundings. Initially you and your child will begin with us through pre-start sessions; these are extremely flexible and individual to each child and their family. On these pre-starts you will stay and play with your child and the key person will complete all about me sheets, and an initial intake through discussions with you about your child’s stage of development. Your child’s key person is written next to their name on the register.
A Learning journal is a booklet of information about your child. We encourage you to fill in ‘all about me’ sheets during the prestart sessions as we believe that parents/ carers are a child’s first and most endearing educators and therefore working alongside you and gaining relevant information is so important. We use this journal to record any observations that have been noted about your child’s development. Observations are quick notes of significant moments we may notice in your childs learning. We include pictures, written observations, your child’s creations they have made whilst at nursery as well as formulate a ‘next steps’ for your child, this helps us to focus on your child’s individual needs and challenge them to progress though all areas of their development.
Your child’s next steps will stem from the information we have within your child’s learning journal. The next steps will be split into the 7 areas of learning and development helping us to focus on your child’s individual needs and challenge them. Your child’s next steps will be shared with you every term, we really encourage you to add your comments and add your child’s interests that you have noticed within the home environment. We also really enjoy working with you, so bring in photos, write down anything you see your child do at home or any achievements and pass these on to your child’s key person!
2 yr Assessment
Under the EYFS framework we undertake a 2yr old assessment, this Will be carried out before your child turns 3 providing we have known the child for a least half a term, but more importantly feeling that we know them as an individual. This will always be discussed with individual parents/ carers.
Within this check your key person will summaries your child’s development across the three prime area of learning and development, this information will be discussed with you and we will also want your input, talking about how you think your child is developing, his/her interests and also what your child enjoys. You will have a formal meeting with your child’s key person to discuss this and formulate the re -post together, the settings manager will support each key person and will oversee the report. You will be given a copy, and a second copy to share with your health visitor.
Parents as Partners
At County mice we feel that working in partnership with our parents/ carers is part of the seamless continuity which enables us to provide, a stimulating, fun and exciting learning environment. Having you work alongside us promotes positive relationship building between us, yourselves and your child/ children, and develops a professional relationship which enables trust and reliability: all of these in turn enable you to feel confident that your child is in the best possible environment where they feel safe, welcomed, have a sense of belonging and most of all have a fantastic array of activities and experiences on offer to excite those early curiosities.
As partners of Country mice we expect you to take an active part in your child’s learning experience with us, including, sharing information and achievements. This must include keeping us up to date of any contact details, or circumstances that may affect your child. Supporting us to better your child’s learning environment by sharing your suggestions and comments. We also ask that you endeavour to return any relevant paperwork which may be sent to you as quickly as possible.
Settling In Meetings
All parents after their child’s settling in period with us are invited to a meeting with their child’s key person. This is a great opportunity to share next steps and discuss how the child has settled and where we feel they are in their learning and development. We feel this sets the foundations for a great open working relationship with parents sharing information continuously.