We offer a broad and balanced curriculum at Rebecca Cheetham Nursery. Our aim is to give children exposure to a range of different learning opportunities and experiences using the story book as the base. We spend two weeks with a particular book so children grow to know the book intimately and help them develop a love of books and reading.
We generally stick with a theme over a half term period so we can explore ideas in a meaningful way and give children a chance to consolidate their learning through child initiated play.
Development Matters is the document we use to inform us of all the key things that children need to learn in order to reach their developmental milestones and our expectation is that children leave our setting, Reception Ready, which we consider to be 30-50 months Secure. Through the use of topics and themes and exploring children's interests we use Development Matters to ensure that children are developing their skills and knowledge and making progress.
Our early years curriculum should not be prescriptive or pre-determined; rather it should move with the children and be meaningful to their interests as starting points. Whilst we utilise the children's interests it is important to note that this is not what drives our curriculum. Development Matters helps inform us of what children need to know to move through the curriculum; the means to build knowledge.
We will work with parents throughout the year to guide them into how they can help support their child's development and learning at home to further build children's knowledge and skills in a fun and holistic way.
The attachment entitled "Our Curriculum" that follows helps to explain how we devise our curriculum; starting with the child, identifying ways that adults can facilitate and how we can give children further opportunities in the provision.
The attachment entitled "Characteristics of Effective Learning Animals and Descriptions" gives an idea of how we explore the Characteristics with children so they can identify the way they learn independently.