St John’s Nursery offers high quality early learning and childcare (ELC) in a safe and welcoming environment. Children’s individual needs are at the heart of what we do. We recognise and value each child’s unique development and strive to get it right for every child in our care.
Curriculum in the Nursery
We value that children learn best through play in an environment of quality interactions, interesting spaces and when the experiences on offer are set in meaningful contexts. We recognise that children learn best in environments that inspire them to be curious and creative therefore children are given time to play throughout the day to follow their own line of enquiry or individual interests. Through play, children learn to answer questions, learn new skills and to work collaboratively with others. Our staff provide, through responsive and intentional planning, a blend of child initiated and adult initiated learning experiences based on the early level of Curriculum for Excellence which connects with and extends children’s interests and motivations. Particular focus is placed on developing children’s skills in literacy, maths and health and wellbeing. Children will also experience a range of experiences in expressive arts, science, social studies and religious and moral education.
Assessment and Reporting in Nursery
Every child has a profile which is a comprehensive record of their progress during their time in nursery. These are updated regularly with staff observations, photos and pieces of children’s work which highlight the development of key skills. We meet with parents on a regular basis to share profiles, to discuss each child’s progress and to set individual next steps. At the end of their pre-school year profiles are sent home for parents to keep as a record of the child’s time in nursery. An “ELC/Primary Transition Record” is also completed at the end of the pre-school year and this record is passed on to the school the child in transferring to. It outlines achievements and progress made during the child’s time in nursery.