Our Aims and Objectives
- Provide for the child’s social, cultural, educational and psychological needs
- Provide high quality of childcare by enabling a safe and caring environment
- Operate within the context of the equal opportunities and inclusion policy inspired on the equality Act 2010
- Help children develop skills for life
- Help develop abilities to relate to other children and adults
- Develop children’s sense of self-worth and confidence
- Help the child reach his/her full potential
- Work in partnership with parents and with other agencies
- Ensure that staff is suitable, qualified and vetted
- Comply with the Local Authorities and Ofsted
Early Years Foundations Stages areas of learning and development framework
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development and all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are: Communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development.
St Richards Nursery also supports children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
Literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.
St Richards Nursery has educational programmes involving activities and experiences for children, as follows.
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.