At Banana Moon Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) principled approach to guide the work we do with children and the care we provide them. The principled approach is built on four guiding themes:
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and selfassured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and their key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s evelopment and learning.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters, and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe, and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.
The very young children are natural explorers, driven to discover their world and their place in it! Our Toddler class is a hub of activity, with children engaging in messy play, rhyme time, music and movement. Planned activities are offered for younger children to enhance their journey as they begin to walk, talk, listen, and explore.
With the provision of well-planned play, children are encouraged to not only develop and use their imagination but are also encouraged to extend their language/communicative, mathematical, physical, investigatory, exploratory, creative and social skills. They will be learning how to share, take turns, consider the needs of others and will, as a result, gain confidence.