Our pedagogical approach (how we teach) is to use Anna Ephgrave’s Planning in the Moment, creating a stimulating environment with interesting open-ended resources and “loose parts”. We believe that children learn through play and reach their intended goals using imagination, fun and exploration.
At Bristol Childcare nurseries children are free to express themselves and experiment. Learning is achieved through a diverse range of activities, songs, games, stories, creativity and spontaneous play, inside and outside in the gardens.
All education of children from birth to five years is guided by the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We have also developed our Bristol Childcare Curriculum Statement which sets out the intent of what we want children to learn at our nurseries.
We believe that being “ready for school” means helping children become independent in caring for themselves and gaining confidence in communication and interacting with other children and adults.
Observations are recorded on iConnect, a secure online diary which parents and other family members can access using a private password. You can contribute with comments, photos and information and can discuss your child’s progress and development with nursery staff at any time. Evaluative reports on progress are prepared three times a year and we hold annual parents evenings where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff about your child’s development.
We know that parents are their child’s first teacher so always encourage and welcome your feedback and knowledge. We are always keen to hear what your child is enjoying at home, so that we can build on these experiences at nursery.
The Department for Education has published a document called What to Expect, When? which you might find helpful to guide you through your child’s development.
Find out more in our Activities and Learning Policy which you can access through your parent login.