We give parents clear communication to allow them to know what is going on within the Nursery.
We start with 1:1 communication direct to parents but within Koala Room we have a notice board within the cloakroom area which includes our weekly diary and the planning document showing what areas we are covering. There is also a copy of the Nursery Newsletter on their board giving dates and Nursery details of events forthcoming.
Letters go out from Koala Room giving parents information of forthcoming events as well.
We have notices up about the Lending Library and reminders for lunch selection for full day children.
We use daily diaries which give parents daily information of their children. They show what their child has eaten, and activities or toys they have played with and how they have been (if they felt unwell etc) In these diaries we also inform parents of items required or e.g. sports day, or other events coming up.
We leave sheets on the shelf at the entrance to the Koala room called “spider graphs” where the children have given their ideas for activities and would like parents to add their ideas.
We have parents meetings where we can speak 1:1 with the parents to highlight any issues, queries or concerns. This gives parents “private” time to allow them to speak to their child’s key worker and learn about how their children are getting on.
Schemas are behaviours that children may display when they are exploring the world and trying to figure out how things work.
Not every child will show evidence of every schema.
The child may have a strong drive to repeat actions, move things from one place to another, cover things up, fill containers, move things in circles and throw things around. These actions can be seen throughout their play.
Here are some examples of some of the schematic play we have been exploring in the nursery.
Over the winter months the Koala sensory area became overgrown and untidy.
To improve the area and to make it a more child friendly and stimulating learning environment assisted by the children we weeded, swept up the leaves, made ornaments, nursery rhyme mobiles, painted stones, numeracy stepping stones, planted flowers and a herb garden.
The impact if this improvement has inspired the children to sing more when outdoors; to care for their environment and to be enthusiastic to learn outdoors improving their social, numeracy and language skills.
In the Koala Room (2-3) we have a range of self-selection toys and children can also access the art trolley independently.
In the construction area there are a range of puzzles and construction toys that are clearly labelled and at a level that is accessible by the children. Children are encouraged to choose their own puzzles or construction toys each day.
In the sand and water play area equipment is clearly marked and each day the children are encouraged to choose any two boxes which they want to play with.
Our Role Play area also has a good selection of imaginary play resources which include food, utensils, baking equipment, clothes, real food jars, boxes etc. Additionally the area is furnished with toy kitchen appliances which children can access and play with.
The children enjoy the story corner immensely. Here they are encouraged to pick and choose a book that they want to have a look at or get an adult to read out to them. There is a good selection of age appropriate books and the story corner is also equipped with natural sensory resources (cork, stones, shells etc) that are clearly labelled and at a level that is clearly accessed by the children.
Finally, the “Art Trolley” is our new addition to the Koala Room. The trolley contains several art and craft resources like paint, glue, collage tray, coloured pencils and crayons, scissors, paint brushes, rollers, tissue paper, glitters etc. Children visit the art trolley on a regular basis and staff members encourage them to choose and decide the resources they want to use which helps in developing their imagination and creativity.