A rich learning environment is provided where children can learn, are given appropriate responsibility, and are allowed to make errors, decisions and choices. We believe that children learn by ‘doing’ rather than being told and our staff fully support and encourage them in their individual journeys of self-awareness and developmental growth. Our beautiful garden (created and re-designed as part of our 40th year anniversary celebrations in 2014) is a wonderful place for the children to enjoy, play, relax and continue and enhance their learning journeys.
At the nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Children are encouraged to make their own choices in respect of a variety of structured activities. This will assist in their development towards becoming a self-assured and confident child.
We recognise each child’s individuality, efforts and achievements and, therefore, plan a curriculum that stimulates a love of learning; fostering a healthy development. A rich learning environment is provided where children can learn, are given appropriate responsibility, and are allowed to make errors, decisions and choices. We believe that children learn by ‘doing’ rather than being told and our staff fully support and encourage them in their individual journeys of self-awareness and developmental growth.
Curiosity, awe and wonder – The Reggio Emilia Approach
Crown Kindergartens is ‘Reggio-inspired’ using an adaptation of the approach specific to the needs and interests of the children within our setting.
The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town and surrounding areas of Reggio Emilia in Italy. It is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient, rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this instinctive curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
The fundamental principles of the Reggio philosophy are centred upon the image of the child, the hundred languages of children, the role of the teacher, reciprocal relationships, a pedagogy of listening, and the environment as third teacher.
Children are capable of constructing their own learning Children are, naturally, curious about the environment they are in. These children are driven by their own interest to know more. There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. Children search out the knowledge through their own investigations. Because of this, we as a provider of quality care and education provide an environment for children to feel safe to investigate and explore with curiosity and wonder.
‘children’s unique care and learning needs are very well understood and provided for by skilled and committed staff’ (Ofsted)
Of the many activities on offer at Crown, listed below are a few examples of what the children can choose to participate in: cooking and measuring, french puppet theatre, drama, story telling, growing and nurturing (eg watching eggs turn into creatures), making camps inside and outside, musical movement, dance, singing and instruments, sensory textures with foot painting, mini olympics, puppet shows, art and messy play, water play, sand play, computer activities, visits from firemen, police, nurses, hairdressers, etc. We continuously strive to enrich our children’s physical, educational, social, emotional and spiritual development by introducing various additional professionally run activities on a regular basis (for example Lucy Sparkles and Friends music and dance classes, Gymnastics, Teddy Tennis and Zoolab creature visits). As we feel that these extra ‘professionally run’ activities contribute to the whole ‘Crown’ experience we never ask our parents to pay any more than our stated fees for these newly added activities.
‘Parents are very happy with the service provided and this is epitomised by their praise for children’s rapidly developing speech and language, developing drawing and writing skills, eagerness to attend each day, and the commitment of staff who are ‘always happy and friendly’ (Ofsted)