All nurseries are regulated by Ofsted they require us to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE, 2012) framework. This framework guides our practitioners to ensure we offer every child opportunities to reach their full potential. We focus on the following areas,
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Personal and Social Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Our play provision includes toys and equipment to support development within these seven areas. We recognise the importance of child initiated time, which is where your child chooses an activity which they find stimulating and they remain focused on these choices for a considerable length of time. We also use a child centered approach to planning, this allows the child’s key person to observe the child in their own play and to offer further opportunities to extend knowledge from these.
Early writing and reading skills are encouraged, and incorporated into the children’s work through the national Letters and Sounds scheme along with Jolly Phonics.
We believe that the outside environment is as important as the indoors. We offer opportunities for children to develop in all of the EYFS learning goals outside with areas such as, role play area, art area, vegetable and herb patch, and a mindfulness garden. Through our facilities we aim to provide a rich environment to ensure the widest range of experiences for each child. The outside area is landscaped to reflect our conviction that the external play space is a vital component of the overall nursery environment. We believe it is desirable for children to have unlimited access to the outside space. unless the weather is totally prohibitive. The garden includes a covered area for play on wet days, and a paved area for riding tricycles in muddy conditions. Whatever the weather children are encouraged to consider the garden as an extension to the Nursery to use in their plans and leaning activities.
High quality, dedicated staff are here to care for your child. Our Manager is a graduate leader and also has Early Years Professional Status (EYT), and our Deputy Manager has a level 3 and is currently undertaking her foundation degree. This helps to ensure that the Nursery curriculum is not only broad and interesting, but provides plenty of FUN! Together with our team of NVQ child care assistants, provides a consistent, caring environment for all children. This is enhanced by our very favourable staff: child ratio. All staff undertake First Aid, Safeguarding Children, Prevent and FGM training.
Little Dragons is managed by a voluntary committee of parents who are elected annually by the families using the Nursery. We are a registered charity and operate as a non-profit-making organisation under the auspices of the pre-school Learning Alliance. We hope to be accessible to you and to encourage maximum dialogue between you, us and the staff. Children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes. Our intention is to work in partnership with parents and the community generally, and suggestions on how to improve the Nursery are welcome at any time.