Bambino Day Nursery follows the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage. This Curriculum identifies ‘The Learning and Development Steps’ of progress, in all six areas of learning, which are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Focuses on children learning how to work, play and co-operate with both the practitioners and their peers by sharing equipment and turn taking. Children are respected as individuals; supported, nurtured and cared for to encourage positive self-esteem and confidence. Children will be encouraged to dress and undress independently and carry out their own personal hygiene.
Communication, Language and Literacy - Focuses on extending children’s vocabulary by learning new words and their meaning; provides opportunities for children to talk about their own experiences; listen to music, stories, rhymes and each other; use a variety of media to help encourage emergent writing and reading skills. We incorporate other languages into our everyday play.
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy - Focuses on understanding mathematical language such as shape, size, colour, position and quantity; provides opportunities for children to develop problem solving skills; use numbers as labels and say number names in order. The children will begin to recognise numerals and count up to 10 everyday objects. The children develop these skills in practical situation to enable them to make connections.
Creative Development - Focuses on children using their imagination to express and communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings, through cooking; 2D and 3D design and technology; ICT; art and mark-making; dance and role-play; Children experience a wide range of natural materials, resources and sensory experiences to explore colour, texture and space.
Physical Development - Focuses on developing gross and fine motor control both indoors and outdoors. Children have the opportunity to participate in the physical challenges of our trim-trail and large climbing equipment in the field to develop strength, agility and confidence; develop co-ordination and body control by having the freedom to run, jump, play and climb in a secure natural environment. Fine motor control is developed through painting, drawing and providing opportunities for the children to manipulate a variety of tools to become manually dexterous.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World - Focuses on exploring and recognising features of living things and observing similarities, differences and changes in the environment. The children will investigate construction materials; know how to operate simple equipment and use programmable toys such as the Bee-Bot. The extensive field gives children the opportunities to plant, nurture and harvest our own food, teaching children where food comes from. Other cultures and festivals are a fundamental part of the curriculum. Children celebrate Chinese New Year, Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christianity; explore a wide range of foods from other countries both in cooking activities and on our own menus; use dressing-up clothes, books, photographs and resources that reflect different environments.
Food which is harvested from the field is prepared and used in meals made for the children by the nursery cook.