Activity Planning

At Felicity’s we plan our activities in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the three Prime Areas as well as through the four Specific Areas of learning and development.   The following explains our ethos and how our program of activities supports each area –  

Personal, social and emotional development – Making relationships, Self confidence and self awareness and managing feelings and behavior.  Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • Positive approaches to learning and finding out about the world  around them;
  • Confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements;
  • Their ability to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults;
  • Their awareness of, and being able to keep to, the rules which we all need to help us look after ourselves, other people and our environment;
  • Their ability to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs; and
  • Their ability to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people’s ways of doing things.

 Physical development – Moving & Handling and Health & Self Care.  Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • Increasing control over the large movements that they can make with their arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift;
  • Increasing control over the small movements they can make with their arms, wrists and hands, so that they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials; and
  • Their understanding about the importance of, and how to look after, their bodies to include Healthy Eating, Positive diet and Lifestyle.

 Communication and language – Listening & Attention, Understanding and Speaking. Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • Conversational skills with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others;
  • Their vocabulary by learning the meaning of – and being able to use – new words;
  • Their ability to use words to describe their experiences;
  • Their knowledge of the sounds and letters that make up words we use;

 Literacy – Reading and Writing. Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • Their knowledge of the sounds and letters that make up words we use;
  • Their ability to listen to, and talk about, stories;
  • Knowledge of how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information;
  • Knowledge of the purposes for which we use writing; and
  • Making their own attempts at writing.

 Mathematics – Numbers and Shape, Space & Measure.  Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • Understanding and ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big;
  • Understanding and ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects;
  • Understanding that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big;
  • Understanding and ideas about how to use counting to find out how many; and
  • Early ideas about the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have.

 Understanding of the world – People & Communities, the World and Technology. Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • Knowledge about the natural world and how it works;
  • Knowledge about the man made world and how it works;
  • Their learning about how to choose, and use, the right tool for a task;
  • Their learning about computers, how to use them and what they can help us to do;
  • Their skills on how to put together ideas about past and  present and the links between them;
  • Their learning about their locality and its special features; and
  • Their learning about their own and other cultures.

 Expressive Arts & Design – Exploring and Using Media & Materials and Being Imaginative. Our program of activities support children to develop:

  • The use of paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings; and
  • Their interest in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.

Timetable

This is a typical example of our day, however we are flexible to the needs of the particular children within our care at any given time.

8.30am  9.00am Early Birds starts/Felicity’s opens – Welcome all children in and free play begins
9.15am Circle time/Wake and Shake
9.30am Purposeful Play – Indoors/Outdoors
10.30am  10.45am Songs, Hand wash, Prayers and Elevenses
11.05am Key Groups, adult led
11.30am Tidy up/Action games/Songs/Music & Movement/Story time
12.00pm Morning session ends. Afternoon session begins. Circle time and children choose afternoon activity. Purposeful Play – Indoors/Outdoors
12.30pm Hand wash and lunch
13.00pm Quiet time in the Book Corner
13.20pm Purposeful play & set activity
2.05pm Tidy up time
2.15pm Outdoor time – Nature walk/play
2.35pm Story / Circle games
3.00pm Home time

The Curriculum

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born.  The care and education offered at Felicity’s helps children to continue to do this by providing all the children with interesting activities that are appropriate to their age and stage of development.  The children learn through play which is key to the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS). Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research shows is the means by which young children learn to think.

At Felicity’s Nursery School each child has a key person who will build a special bond with them. They give children the reassurance to feel safe and cared for as well as building relationships with their parents.  The key  person is able to monitor the child’s progress and has input into the following week’s planning so your child has a bespoke timetable that will help him/her reach his/her full potential while they are with us.  All children are well supported to develop to their own full potential at their own pace.

Each term’s activities are planned in relation to our topic. We try to go on an outing and have visitors into the nursery school, to talk to the children.  We have a topic per half term. A letter goes home to help keep parents abreast of what is going on, and to help parents support children’s learning at home. All the activities we offer are exciting and well planned by the key people to cover all areas of learning and development.  In some activities children decide how they will use the activity and in others an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.

“The partnerships with parents is unquestionably strong. All staff have a positive commitment to consistent and continuous care and learning opportunities for children. They have a high regard for information gained from parents.”

Ofsted Inspector October 2010

We regularly observe the children through written observations as well as through photographs taken, to assess their progress and share this information with you.  We believe that parents know their children best and we therefore we value your contribution in sharing information about your child.

“Practitioners competently promote the unique needs of every child and effectively meet their learning and welfare needs. Children play in a stimulating, inviting and very secure setting. Staff’s knowledge of how each child learns is reflected well in the quality of the provision provided and the continuously evaluation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.”

Ofsted Inspector October 2010

 

Our daily activities include role play, small world play, construction, outdoor play, music and movement, P.E., story telling, maths activities, mark making/writing activities, science activities, art and crafts, messy play and ICT activities.

We have a wide range of play materials and resources and staff are experience in using them all in a variety of ways to cover all areas of the curriculum.

 

 

Children are intrigued by magnets and demonstrate their inquisitiveness and independent in learning. A four year old child tries different materials to see if a magnet would work through them. By trial and error she discovers that the magnet works through the cover of a book but not through a table. Activities such as this helps to extend children’s skills and promotes their abilities for future learning.

 

Ofsted Inspector October 2010

We also have French sessions three times a week which you can choose for your child to participate in.  And we have a Musical Bumps provided by outside visitors to Felicity’s Nursery School, as well as regular music sessions provided by staff as part of the daily routine.

 

Further Quotes from Ofsted:

The following are some quotes taken from our latest Ofsted Inspection Report (2015)

“Staff create an inviting, child friendly, inclusive and stimulating environment that clearly supports children’s learning.”

 “Children are very eager learners; they exude confidence and show curiosity through asking many questions.”

 “Staff make the premises look welcoming and child friendly every morning and provide a stimulating environment so that children learn and develop.” 

“Children enjoy many free-play learning opportunities through well a organised, inviting environment.”

 “A wealth of resources are available, which reflect all areas of learning.”

 “The open plentiful space provides rich opportunities for children’s physical development.”

 “Children are clearly active learners. They demonstrate a highly inquisitive and curious nature.”

 “Children are clearly confident and develop independence well.”

 “Children make choices from a wide variety of fruit…. which helps them to develop positive attitudes towards healthy food.”

 “Children interact well and are very eager to share.”

 “Relationships between all staff and children are strong and children demonstrate they feel secure.” 

The following are quotes from previous Ofsted Inspections:

“Children speak with confidence, are developing their language skills and vocabulary, speaking with confidence at circle times about events in their own lives or talking about topic table items they have brought in from home.”

Ofsted February 2007

“They (children) enjoy opportunities to use everyday technology such as whisks and scales for cooking activities. Creative activities such as free painting, collage work and using play dough are popular activities and during the inspection children have fun covering their paper with different coloured paint, cutting out shapes to make stars and dressing up in the role play area.”

Ofsted February 2007

         

 

 

“Children spend long periods of time at activities, showing good levels of concentration and involvement. They show a good level of interest and knowledge in counting and problem solving. For example a young child slowly and methodically completes a complex 1-20 counting puzzle, pointing to the numeral, naming it and putting it in the correct position.”

      

  Ofsted Inspector October 2010    

  “Equality and diversity is promoted throughout the session through the use of role play materials and displayed posters, depicting a diverse society. “

Ofsted Inspector, October 2010

         

“Children participate with enthusiasm in a wide range of physical activities.”

“Children’s health is also well supported through the nursery’s healthy eating practices.”

Ofsted February 2007

Felicity's Nursery School
Crockham Hill Village Hall
Crockham Hill, Kent TN8 6RP

T:01892 770334

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