At Goslings, we pride ourselves on being the best and offering a unique services where parental involvement and partnership is actively encouraged. All of our staff are friendly and approachable and work hard on building relationships with families, not just children!
The nursery is divided into 4 classes: Babies, Toddlers (over 2 large rooms), The Learning Grid & Preschool. Each class organises age-appropriate activities for their children. We are registered to receive NEG Nursery Education Grant funding, on behalf of 3 & 4 year olds. And work to the new EYFS curriculum. We are also registered for 2 year old funding too.
How care & education works in practice
Children are grouped according to age and ability. Smaller group activities are offered to help meet individual childrens needs within their class too. Our ethos is to educate children through childs self-chosen play. If children play with self-schosen activities and resouces, they will engage in the learning process efficiently. Our classroom environments are planned on a free-flow basis, where activities and resources are accessible to children at all times. Staff carefully plan what is available and the rotation though, to ensure that play has an educational opportunity too!
A key worker system operates, with every member of the staff team responsible for a small group of key children each.
The outdoor classroom is hugely important in the delivery of the EYFS curriculum. We are really fortunate that our garden is very well equipped with tunnels, dens and play houses, construction/building play, race track for ride-on toys and cars, allotment, art and quiet play and finally challenging climbing opportunities for older children! The garen was completely rennovated in 2011 and is regularly maintained and updated. We ensure that all children have daily access to the outdoors. We go outside, whatever the weather, so please ensure your child has waterproof clothing and wellies in nursery!
The Learning Grid
We also have the benefit of an array of highly educational resources in the learning grid class room. The learning grid is additional area, provided on top of the standard preschool room requirements. We go way over and above the level of resources 'required', thereby giving the children in our care, a unique opportunity to progress further into the school reception class level, of the EYFS curriculum. For the more gifted & talented we can even support delivery of the KS1 curriculum within the Learning Grid classroom. Children from Tweenie and Preschool classes regularly visit the learning grid throughout their week at nursery.