The Nursery Years

To delight in the joy of learning...

As children move into the independence of the nursery years, the programme for learning develops into a slightly more structured pace of meaningful and purposeful learning, where children are encouraged to approach the world with curiosity and with a positive disposition to engage in learning through play. At this stage children need confidence, resilience and the skills and desire to think for themselves, to solve problems, to work with others, to communicate, and to gain an increasing understanding of the world and how it works.

With our high staff to child ratios and exciting and interesting topics we teach children through a mixture of play, investigation and small group work. We reflect on the children’s learning each half term, bridge gaps and extend and challenge the children to ensure they excel and exceed expectations.

At Busy Lizzies we have exciting topics designed to interest the children to lay the pedagogical (learn it, remember it, apply it) foundations that prepare every child to:

  • To delight in the joy of learning.
  • Be ready to read: confidently equipped to secure knowledge of phonics with the desire, vocabulary, and language-deciphering skills they have developed through experiences that are meaningful to them.
  • Approach the world with curiosity and the knowledge and skills that lead to success in maths and science: a growing interest in the properties of things and the relationships and forces that exist in the natural world.
  • Use their social skills to perform and engage in activities: listening skills, self-discipline, patience, ability to work with others, and ability to solve problems. To follow our Nursery rules and boundaries; good listening, kind hands, good tidying up, good sharing and always trying our best.

Take a look at the fun things we do at Busy Lizzies at Simon Balle...

Early Years Curriculum

Following the four principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage...

Our curriculum takes into account the four principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage which state that:

1. All children are unique and competent learners

2. Children learn to be independent by building positive relationships.

3.The nursery environment should be secure and support learning in every way.

4. Children learn at different rates and all areas of learning are important and inter-connected. Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play, with effective adult support, children can:

  • Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world.
  • Practice and build on ideas, concepts and skills.
  • Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules.
  • Be alone, alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings.
  • Take risks and make mistakes.
  • Think creatively and imaginatively.
  • Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.