Our approach to learning
Our aim is to provide holistic learning in a safe, happy and stimulating environment through which all children are challenged and make outstanding progress. To develop confident, happy children, equipped with foundations to nurture a lifelong love of learning. To engage with and value contributions from parents, professionals and the local community to ensure best outcomes for children and best value for our academy.
We foster a harmonious atmosphere which supports and promotes self-esteem. We build confident communicators supporting every child as an individual across development in all areas of the Early Years and Foundation Stage. We help every child to grow up feeling confident about their own identity, in a spirit of friendship, understanding fairness and the rights of others, valuing diversity, and ready to be a British citizen.
At Oasis Blakenhale Nursery we follow the non-statutory curriculum provided by the government. The children will cover all seven areas of learning through an enriched and developed curriculum. The children learn through a mixture of adult directed and child initiated activities, in both the indoor and outdoor environments. Topics covered in our Early Years Curriculum include the following:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage outlines four guiding principles that should shape Early Years practice. These are:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
- Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
There are also seven key features of effective practice that underpin the Early Years ethos and are woven through the Oasis EYFS Curriculum. These are:
- The best for every child
- High quality care
- The curriculum: What we want children to learn
- Pedagogy: helping children to learn
- Assessment: checking what children have learnt
- Self-regulation and executive function
- Partnership with parents
We are passionate, that all children have a right to learn and make progress therefore our curriculum is updated and developed regularly to cater for all of the children’s needs.
The children will receive two family group sessions per day. These are adult led sessions where the children will work in small groups to learn new skills and knowledge.
The children will also have access to continuous provision activities. This is where the children can chose from a selection of activities and resources to support their own learning. This is supported by well-trained adults who support the children in making rapid progress.
Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors. Oasis Blakenhale Nursery children are able to access two different outdoor areas. Our indoor environment offers the children opportunities to learn in a happy and safe environment. Our Nursery garden allows the children to explore the natural environment and develops their exploration and investigation skills. The large playground provides lots of gross motor equipment for the children to explore. This includes large climbing equipment, bikes, scooters, bats, balls and lots of other sports equipment. All areas are risk assessed daily to ensure the children are safe at all times.