Play is at the core of learning, together with play-based experiences we have designed our curriculum to encourage children to learn, develop and flourish through exploring, experiencing, creating, discovering, relating to, and interacting with the world around them.
Each child’s needs and interests are different, so our educators use their professional judgement to understand what children know, what they can do, and what to do next to support and extend development and learning. In their day-to-day interactions with children, educators will respond to their own day-to-day observations about children’s progress and the observations that parents and carers share.
Assessment plays an important part in helping educators to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan experiences and activities that support children to move forward. Ongoing informative assessment involves educators knowing children’s level of achievement and interest, and then shaping teaching and learning experiences for each child reflecting that knowledge.
Our curriculum is guided by the four overarching principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children at Kamelia Kids learn:
- Children’s learning is unique to them: this is based on their stage of development, current needs, and interests.
- Where individuals and communities are valued: cultural diversity should be representative of the children who attend and live in the local community.
- Each child has a sense of identity and belonging: to reflect their heritage and make positive contributions.
- Being active and reflective of how children engage: in their local community and become global citizens.
- Working together with parents/carers, families, and professionals: it is at the centre of everything we do to support children to achieve their potential.
- Build safe and secure relationships and attachments: the key person considers the needs of the parent/carer and the child.
- Children enjoy being with their friends and educators: developing friendships and having positive interactions.
- Foster emotional literacy: to gain the ability to understand and express feelings, through self-regulation.
- To have a positive impact on our environment: by ensuring that this becomes an important part of Kamelia Kids culture to educate our children growing up in a world that has environmental issues.
- Being sustainable and learning about being respectful of the environment: acting to reduce, re-use and recycle resources.
- Every part of the nursery is intended to provide awe and wonder: through the raised garden beds to having access to a variety of resources, materials, equipment, activities, and experiences.
- Community outings: interacting with nature, the local environment and within our local community.
Learning and developing
- Providing opportunities to ignite imagination and provoke curiosity: cooking, maths, science, technology, and engineering.
- Enjoy the creative arts: singing, expressive art, music, mindfulness, and yoga.
- Focus on communication and language development: through picture communication and Phonics to develop attention, listening, speech and understanding.
- Children learn about and can take care of their personal care needs: teeth care, health and well-being, physical activity and development and nutritional needs.