Children have access to our curriculum the moment they join Hillside House. We recognise that all children are special, different and need to develop at their own pace.
A Key Person is allocated to each child and it is that person’s role to develop an appropriate environment where the child is happy and secure and develops and learns in a wide variety of ways so as to reach his or her full potential.
Our learning takes place both indoors and out and our curriculum is flexible, active, fun, exiting and secure and at the same time supports children’s individual needs and interests. Children learn by Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.
At Hillside House we follow the EYFS. The EYFS sets out the seven areas of leaning, all areas are important and are interconnected.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
The specific areas are:
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activity. These activities are delivered in a stimulating, fun and safe enabling environment. Planning, the environment, activities and learning experiences build on what children are interested in and on what they want to practise, explore and find out about. Observation and evaluation are ongoing to ensure that the children’s interests, needs and learning are continually being met
Our nursey is well stocked with resources to help young children develop and learn through play with a sense of purpose in a calm setting. We are aware that children have different attendance patterns and through careful planning we are able to ensure that every child can experience the full curriculum.
Hillside House carefully follows the EYFS observation, assessment and planning process, any gaps in children’s learning become apparent and can then be planned for and addressed.
We maintain the requirements and standards for learning and development for all children from birth to 5 years. This is designed to be fully inclusive for all children’s needs, recognising the importance of responding to differences of ethnicity, culture, religion or belief, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability.
A clear policy for behaviour expects adults and children to respect each other, listen to each other and take time to respond and understand. Clear boundaries are in place to help the children (and adults) feel secure and able to say ‘no’ and to have their opinions respected.
We take seriously the need for everyone to be respected and accepted for who they are. We provide activities and resources and make displays that reflect the many cultures and languages of our families, free from racial/sexual stereotypes or any other judgement.
We support children with special needs, and those learning English as an additional language and aim to promote the children’s safety and well-being, liaising with parents and other agencies as appropriate.
The nursery informs parents, visitors and representatives from local authorities about activities we are providing, and contributions and involvement are always welcomed.