Our Children

Up to 2 Years - Snowdrops

At Lavender Hall babies are looked after in a warm, safe, relaxing and homely atmosphere, and cared for and nurtured by our specialist baby nursery nurses. They will ensure that a close relationship is developed between them, you and your baby. Correct communication enables each baby to develop with the best attention and stimulation at all times in the fully equipped baby room.

2-3 years old - Bluebells

The children are given the choice to embark on a wide range of activities with varied equipment, both structured and led by teachers, or through free play which is felt to be equally important. Each child is discreetly encouraged to gain confidence whilst learning to mix, share and play with children, although possibly a little shy away from home, they are soon having fun with the Lavender Hall gang.

3-5 years old - Sunflowers

All children at Lavender Hall are encouraged to develop their individual skills without any pressure. We provide a variety of educational facilities that include specialised arts activities such as movement, music and ballet without neglecting maths, science and the essentials of reading, using a combination of schemes.

What We Offer…

Dancing and Ballet
Healthy Body and Mind
Drama
Visits from the local community
Dedicated and caring staff
A wonderful outdoor environment

Our aim is for each child to enjoy learning and, only when ready, experiment with letters, words and writing skills along with colours, shapes and counting. Communication is constantly developed at all stages in the kindergarten.

Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

At Lavender Hall Kindergarten children are encouraged to learn through play and for our children to be happy, for it is in these circumstances that they truly shine and flourish. We feel that it is essential that children are highly motivated, interested and have a sense of their own achievements.

The majority of our days at Lavender Hall is free flow, allowing children to engage in a range of different activities both indoors and outdoors. Children engage in activities independently with their friends, as well as taking part in adult facilitated activities that are planned from children’s interests and developmental needs.

We believe that both our nursery nurse and our children’s families have a role to play in maintaining positive attitudes to learning and thereby enhancing the child’s self-esteem.

Curriculum Objectives

• To provide all of our children with equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, well matched to their ages, abilities, interests, attitudes and needs. To enhance them to become successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieving their full potential.
• To increase children’s knowledge, skills and understanding as they grow and develop and strengthen their connections with the world around them, so they have the opportunity to become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society.
• To facilitate awe and wonder and cause children to see the wonderful world in which they live enabling them to become confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Implementation

Our Curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage.
There are three prime areas:
• Personal, Social and Emotional development
• Physical development
• Communication and languages

There are four specific areas:
• Literacy
• Numeracy
• Understanding of the world
• Expressive arts and design

We incorporate all seven areas of learning into our daily activities, resources and planning, ensuring the children have a well prepared, inviting and stimulating environment.
Through the dedication of our staff and of our planned curriculum our children will have fun through play, as we feel that enjoyment and happiness are recognised as holding intrinsic value. We encourage our children to become actively and independently involved within the activities and resources that we provide for them.

All of our children are observed and assessed regularly by our staff ensuring that all of their needs are being met and that they are continuing to develop, progress and blossom. Staff record their observations and photographs of the children on the Online Learning Journal Tapestry.

We operate a key person system at Lavender Hall Kindergarten. Our key person approach gives every child the reassurance to feel secure and cared for, helping them to become familiar with the nursery environment.

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