Curriculum

We aim to enable children to develop their skills, concepts, attitudes and knowledge in ways most effective for nursery age children. Young children learn best through play and talk.

Play helps young children develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. Play that is well planned gives children the opportunity to be creative, to explore, and investigate materials. They can experiment and reason out problems. Play creates enthusiasm and helps develop cooperation with other children and adults. Play enables children to develop thinking skills, increases understanding and improves their ability to communicate.

Talking is vital to a child’s learning. Talking is one of the ways in which children make sense of the world. They learn to ask and answer questions. They learn to contribute to conversations with other children and adults. Children start to respond to stories and poems and talk about the characters in books. They describe outings and experiences and start to sequence events. All these enable language and thinking skills to develop.
The various activities which the nursery provide include:

• Maths
• Language and Literacy
• Art
• Physical activities
• Information Technology
• Music, Dance and Drama Social Skills
• Science – Knowledge and Understanding of the World
• Large and Small Imaginative Play

Further information about the curriculum is available for parents.

Learning and development requirements
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 are the ‘prime areas’

• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Providers must also support children in four ‘specific areas’, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are…

• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the World
• Expressive arts and design

Here at New Beginnings, we always seek to value the children’s self – initiated play and are vigilant in the maintenance of meaningful adult interventions. We provide a balance of child led and adult initiated learning experiences for all our children in all areas of development. We plan and implement activities according to the developmental needs of the children.