Vision, Values and Ethos
In our Education and Childcare Provision
We aim to provide an integrated, flexible service that fosters and promotes children's development in line with the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, the characteristics of effective learning and our image of the child. These principles celebrate the importance of the unique child, promoting positive relationships, providing an enabling environment and learning and development. At Fairfield we believe that all children are unique. Through our pedagogy we wish to support children to become:
- A child who is curious, excited and loves learning
- A child who is a creative and imaginative person
- A child who makes positive relationships
- A child who is happy to make their own choices and is able to do things for themselves and not be over- reliant on others
- A child who can embrace challenge
- A child who can express themselves in their own unique way, making their voice heard
- A child who is thoughtful, interested and involved in what they are doing
- A child who is secure and feels able to take risks
- A child who is pleased with their journey
- A child who is confident in themselves to explore and learn and have a go and not be afraid to make mistakes.
Children will be able to interact with appropriately qualified, experienced adults and early years teachers in a safe, stimulating, caring and loving environment. Children will be encouraged to progress at a pace that is right for them as individuals, taking account of any particular needs they might have.
Your child will be part of a group of children based within one of our three rooms, Spring, Willow or Blossom. Each room will have a mix of ages. It is expected that your child will remain in that room until they leave nursery to start school. This will allow each child to feel safe and secure so that they can gain the most out of their nursery school experience.
Focusing on children’s interests, teachers work co-operatively with qualified staff, to plan provision from a child’s viewpoint. We will seek to find out from children what it feels like to attend Fairfield Nursery School.
We believe that:-
Children need to feel relaxed and confident in a safe, happy, loving environment. The early years of children’s education should be of a high quality in order to improve their life chances.
Children should be regarded as strong, powerful and competent learners. In order to develop positive learning dispositions children must be stimulated and encouraged to try new challenges. They should be praised for their efforts and perseverance rather than the end product. Children should be given opportunities to assume some responsibility.
Through this child-centred approach children should be able to develop into active rather then passive learners. This involves initiating activities, seeking information and seeing themselves as a resource for others.
We will work to:-
- Protect children from abuse or neglect.
- Safeguard the welfare of children from bullying and harassment.
- Ensure that children are well nourished and active.
- Develop positive attitudes in children and their carers.
- Meet the education needs of the local community.
- Provide high quality teaching and learning throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- Develop good patterns of attendance in education and training.
- Consult children enabling them to contribute to decisions which affect them
- Develop responsible behaviour in the community.
- Support parents, staff and children to recognise their involvement in the process of learning and development.
How will we meet your child’s needs?
- Having a partnership with parents and families, developing and nurturing trust in a reciprocal and respectful way
- Every child and family will have a nominated key worker in the nursery setting who will develop in-depth knowledge about the child and family.
- All key workers are responsible for all children and staff and parents will work together to support every aspect of the children’s needs
- All children will be welcomed, included and valued
- Each child’s well-being and involvement is very important and will be carefully monitored by all staff
- Children will be closely observed, listened to and their ideas valued.
- Children will be encouraged to interact with groups of children to encourage them to see things from other’s view points
- Planning for both indoors and outdoors will recognise the individual children’s interests, needs and levels of support
- Positive attitudes and dispositions to learning will be encouraged at all times
- Experiences and opportunities provided will build on what the child already knows and can do
- Children will be encouraged to initiate their own projects which may be returned to at any time
- The process of learning will be given more importance than the content
- >Well planned play that is both challenging and fun will be central to the child’s learning
- Children will have a choice of resources which are well organised to encourage independence, choice and learning dispositions
- Adults will facilitate learning experiences through the children’s own play and interests
- Activities and experiences will be planned and organised to incorporate all seven areas of learning concentrating on the development of learning strategies. The seven areas of learning are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
How will we assess children’s progress?
Planning for individual children’s developmental needs and learning will be based on continual, careful observational assessments made by all the staff and parents. Observations of children in the home contribute to the planning for children’s needs and development. The teaching staff throughout the nursery will support other staff in identifying the next steps for the children. Discussions about Learning Stories and films with parents form part of the observational assessments.
Key workers contribute to children’s learning and development by writing learning stories, taking photographic evidence and video observations. These are shared with parents who are encouraged to contribute to the learning stories by adding comments at the end. The nominated key worker is responsible for compiling these. Each key worker works closely with a nominated teacher providing further expertise in children’s learning and development. This information will be used to help plan the next steps in each child’s learning and development.