Key aspects of this approach: the child is at the heart of their community; all provided learning experiences are guided by the children’s needs, interests and experiences; play is the main vehicle for learning.
Why we like this: We too strongly believe that if children's learning is to be truly meaningful, the curriculum needs to reflect and be built on their interests; a curriculum is the sum total of children’s direct and indirect, planned and unplanned learning, as well as their living experiences and environment. As such, it should be as far as possible:
- Child appropriate
- Locally appropriate
- Culturally and socially appropriate
- Environmentally appropriate
- Developmentally appropriate
On this basis, nursery staff actively steer each child’s capabilities, needs and interests forward at a suitable pace; stretching, encouraging and celebrating them as they move onwards on their own unique learning journey.
To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
Examples in practice: Learning Journeys that document the learning and development of individual children during their time with us; 'Magic Moments', capturing milestones in note form, such as taking a first step, saying a first word or using a newly acquired skill.