Why development is important us

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    At nurseries by Gymfinity Kids we are proud to provide children with a high standard of education, using the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    Each child’s experience of nursery is important, as it’s often the first step into life in the outside world. At nurseries by Gymfinity Kids we understand it is crucial that each child reaches their own development milestones.

    So, to make sure we deliver the perfect balance of support, we provide childcare that is rooted in three pillars: Nourishment, Development, and Movement. These three pillars, otherwise known as our guiding stars, are the foundation of our nursery values.

    Firstly, our nursery is here to help grow and prepare your little one for developing the skills necessary for starting school when they get bigger. From learning how to put their own coat on to writing their own name, we are here each step of the way.

    National Nursery Manager, Heidi explains: “Every child that walks through our door is unique in the way they learn and develop that’s why we ensure every child has a key person that is able to create developmental targets in-line with the national curriculum and sets activities that supports each child’s development using their likes and interests.”

    Therefore, for us development is a crucial part of how we can make sure that all our children grow towards a bright, healthy and happy future. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage as reference, here’s a breakdown of what your child will be taught through a variety of planned activities that are both adult and child led.

    Engaging education for growing minds

    Communication and language development

    We give children the opportunity to experience a rich language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to be able to speak and listen in a range of situations.

    Physical development

    We create the best environment for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. This also includes development towards making healthy choices in relation to food.

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Early years are a formative time for children in developing a positive sense of themselves and others, as well as forming positive relationships and developing respect for others. This area of development also covers social skills and learning how to manage their feelings and appropriate behaviour in groups.

    Mathematics development

    This involves giving children the opportunity to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and describing shapes, spaces and measure.

    Understanding the world

    We guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment they live in.

    Expressive art and design

    We create an environment for children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They also develop skills in sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

    Literacy development

    We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.

    Creating an inclusive setting

    We pride ourselves on differentiating the curriculum to support your child’s individual needs. We work in partnership with parents and other agencies to create an Educational Health Care plan (EHC) with realistic goals. Our highly experienced staff in Special Educational Needs (SEN) ensure you and your child are supported to the highest standard.

    Providing high quality learning experiences

    You’ll find at least two practitioners with an Early Years Teaching Status. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is an award for those who wish to become experts in the 0-5 age range. This qualification is designed for highly qualified staff who will lead delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in the early years sector.

    How we assess ongoing development:

    ParentZone

    We observe and assess our children’s ongoing development using a system called iconnect, as they act and interact in their play within everyday activities. Parents will be able to access our Parents Zone via an app, where they will receive regular updates including their child’s daily routine, activities and achievements.

    Personal updates

    Summative assessments will be shared with parents during six monthly meetings, discussing every child’s development and how this will be continued to be supported with the nursery and home environment.

    Parents will also be invited to quarterly engagement events consisting of Mother’s Day Tea, Dad’s Breakfast Morning, Grandparent’s Day, Sports Days etc. At the end of the academic year parents are invited to a graduation ceremony to celebrate their child’s progression and readiness for school.

    Our nurseries are located in Milton KeynesCambridgeMaidstone & Wandsworth, book a personal tour today!