We ensure that each child:
- is in a safe and stimulating environment
- is given generous care and attention
- has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together
- is helped to take forward their learning and development by being supported and building on what they already know and can do
- has a key person who ensures their needs are met
- is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop
At Moringa Day Nursery we are led by the four guiding principles and seven areas of learning and development as outlined by the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017).
To meet the needs of our children we use child-led learning and In the Moment Planning.
Child-led learning means children are engaged and involved and they don't store up questions for tomorrow. Planning in the moment means that our practitioners are more likely to be ready to answer questions as they happen.
In the Moment Planning is often described as three stages:
• The Child’s Spark – when the child first shows an interest in something. There should be an air of fascination around the object and concentration in what they are now doing.
• The Teachable Moment – The practitioner will notice this and approach the child. This is the opportunity to extend their interest, by asking open-ended questions and considering ways to apply this interest to other options within the environment.
• The Documentation – At a later opportunity, the practitioner can then document the observation. Include the spark, the teachable moment and what they did next. This then helps to map out each child’s interests and plan an environment that works for them.
Assessment is an important aspect of early years, helping parents, carers, and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan activities. Our practitioners observe children regularly to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles, and to then shape and develop the enabling environment to reflect those observations.
Every week we have focus children who are observed in their play. Brief snapshots are recorded and added to an online journal, which parents can access using an app. The environment is monitored daily to ensure there are activities available following the interests of the children.
We use the ‘Development Matters’ document as a guide to support our knowledge of each child and to help identify areas the child may need additional support.
Periodically we make a focused longer observation to identify each child’s skills and abilities and to inform practitioners in how to support the individual child.