Staff plan for children’s learning based on observations of their interests and the needs of each child, responding sensitively to feelings and behaviour. Parents and carers are regularly included and encouraged to contribute.

Nursery staff interact at the child’s level using lots of language to describe and extend children’s play and to encourage communication. By observing children and listening to their ideas staff see how they perceive information and can help them to further develop.

Children learn to express their ideas and experiences to others in many ways. Interesting and unusual resources that children can investigate and explore include small wooden boxes filled with jewels, magnifying glasses and tents with flash lights which stimulate learning, development and conversation. Children learn from these experiences and from each other.

Learning with Northumbria

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. The EYFS supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

The nursery has invested in the Famly Online Learning Journal system which will enable the key person and yourselves to engage together to upload observations, photographs and video of your child(ren) instantly. This online system will enable us to work together to create the most up to date information about your child’s learning journey through the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Every entry helps to create a complete story of your child’s time at home and at nursery and we would encourage you to upload your own adventures which can then be added to your child’s Famly profile. The information held on Famly can be printed off at any time creating a lovely keepsake of your child’s learning.

At Northumbria University Nursery we seek to deliver

Quality and consistency so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
A secure foundation through child centered' learning and development opportunities
Partnership working between nursery, home staff and parents
Equality of opportunity and antidiscriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.