Announcement

It's with great sadness that we announce that, after 45 years in business, Abbey Kindergarten opened its doors for the last time on .

The committee would like to send a big thanks to our wonderful staff - Jacqui, Karen, Cherise, Saeeder and Caroline - who have worked incredibly hard, with sheer determination, to provide a lovely environment for our children to thrive and learn in over the years.

And to you all of you who have supported Abbey, past or present, we thank you too for your help and encouragement.

We wish our children and their families all the best in their new adventures in school and nursery.

- Abbey Kindergarten Committee

Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS) which is set out by the government. There are several learning areas set out within the framework as well as safeguarding requirements. You can read more about the framework at the Department of Education's website.

We aim to provide high quality care and education for all children that attend our setting. Through the EYFS guidance, and following a learning through play philosophy as well as a recipient of Nursery Funding, we are required to plan activities and experiences that help children make progress in their development and learning. This is underpinned by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing the areas below:

Personal, social and emotional wellbeing

  • This includes supporting the transition to and between settings.
  • We promote an inclusive ethos and provide opportunities for each child to become a valued member of our group and community, so that a strong self image and high self esteem are promoted.

Characteristics of effective learning

  • Playing and exploring - Engagement - In particular an enthusiasm for finding out and exploring. Playing with what they know and willing to have a go.
  • Active Learning - Motivation - Being involved and concentrating. Keep trying. Enjoying and achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and Thinking Critically - Having their own ideas, finding ways to solve problems or new ways to do something. Making links and noticing patterns, making predictions, testing their ideas, looking at cause and effect or Choosing their own ways to do things through Planning, making decisions, checking, changing and reviewing.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Skills - Self confidence and Self-Awareness - By providing opportunities that enable children to learn how to co-operate/work harmoniously alongside and with each other.
  • Making Relationships - To learn to listen to each other. Managing Feelings and Behaviour - Understanding what is right, wrong and why.

Key Areas

  • Communication and language - Listening & attention. Understanding & Speaking
  • Literacy - Reading. Writing
  • Mathematics - Numbers. Shape, Space and Measurements
  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, the world and technology
  • Expresive Arts and Design - Exploring using media and materials. Being imaginative

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