Early Years

At Brambly Hedge we follow the government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, the same exact curriculum used in schools, to support children’s learning and development from birth to five years, (the end of a child’s Reception year in a school).

Using this curriculum our team of highly qualified staff members will plan for your child’s learning and development by providing activities that capture their imagination and reflect their own individual interests. Children will be given the freedom to explore and the support they need to develop confidence and independence and to be proud of their achievements. Ultimately, we aim to ensure that every child who attends Brambly Hedge possesses positive attitudes and a love of learning, in the future, before they leave us to go to school.

A mix of adult led and child initiated activities ensure we support learning across all seven areas of development of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

 The EYFS seeks to provide:-

• Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind; • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly; • Partnership working between practitioners and parents and/or carers; • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported. 

The EYFS Seven Areas of Learning

The Prime Areas

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development – we support children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others: to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and to learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. • Communication and Language – we provide opportunities for children to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a wide range of situations. • Physical Development – we provide opportunities for children to be active and inactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children are supported to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices at mealtimes.

The Specific Areas

• Literacy – we encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and to write. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials to support their interest, for example, books and rhymes and regular story times each day. • Mathematics – we provide children with a vast range of mathematical resources and opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to be able to describe shapes, spaces and measures. • Understanding the World – we provide guidance to help children make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. • Expressive Arts and Design – we enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

We have several other very long standing members of staff, (please see ‘Meet Our Staff’). It is unusual for a day nursery to have so many long standing members of staff but we are lucky because such loyal staff members provide the consistency and continuity of care which is essential for both children and parents alike.

Early Numeracy and Literacy

As a teacher the Director is passionate about and believes in the importance of ensuring that all young children are supported by, and provided with, high quality, adult led early literacy and numeracy activities and experiences. Having a strong foundation in numeracy and literacy has a crucial, essential and beneficial impact on all children’s future learning, development and achievements. When children are ready our qualified and experienced staff members will support your child in their early reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Child Profiles: Learning, Development and Assessment

Your child will be given a ‘Learning Journey Profile', which records and celebrates children's achievements and milestones. The profile will contain photographs of your child, work samples, written observations and learning plans. Your child's Key Person will be responsible for building and updating the profile and for keeping you closely informed about your child's progress and well-being. Your child's profile will be available for you to view at any time. We share information with you through written observations and also photographs. We record special moments and keep you and any person you authorise involved in a partnership with us as your child blossoms and grows. Parents are able to view and comment on these special moments, and are able to contribute their own stories of your child’s life outside of the nursery. We share all achievements on a daily basis via our comprehensive handovers. We also send home reports on your child’s development at ages 15 months, 2 & ½ years (in-line with routine Health Visitor checks) and also at 3 & ½ years. We also liaise with schools to provide details on your child’s development and to ensure the transition from nursery to school is as seamless and stress free as possible.

Achievements and milestones

Your child will be given a ‘Learning Journey Profile', which records and celebrates children's achievements and milestones. The profile will contain photographs of your child, work samples, written observations and learning plans. Your child's Key Person will be responsible for building and updating the profile and for keeping you closely informed about your child's progress and well-being. Your child's profile will be available for you to view at any time. We share information with you through written observations and also photographs. We record special moments and keep you and any person you authorise involved in a partnership with us as your child blossoms and grows. Parents are able to view and comment on these special moments, and are able to contribute their own stories of your child’s life outside of the nursery. We share all achievements on a daily basis via our comprehensive handovers. We also send home reports on your child’s development at ages 15 months, 2 & ½ years (in-line with routine Health Visitor checks) and also at 3 & ½ years. We also liaise with schools to provide details on your child’s development and to ensure the transition from nursery to school is as seamless and stress free as possible.

What Our Parents Say

“I have been very happy with Brambly Hedge Day Nursery. The staff to children ratio is very good. My child, who speaks little English, has been very happy which is very important to me.” (N H).