Useful information for parents
Early Years Framework
Early Years Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage
Sunnyside Nursery plans for the children’s activities based on the Early Years areas of learning that form the framework for the Foundation Stage set by the Department of Education. These learning areas are divided into prime and specific areas:
Sunnyside Nursery recognises that many children in our community have been affected by Covid-19 lock-downs and this has had an impact on speech. Therefore, our dedicated team aims to encourage communication and language through a variety of opportunities that support development through; interacting and playing with other children, circle time, role-play which develops their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
Encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a range of reading materials to ignite their interests and develop speaking when retelling stories.
Sunnyside believe that on-going formative assessment should always be at the heart of effective early years practice. Observing what children ‘do and say’ helps to identify where the child may be in their own development and the next steps we need to take to progress them further. Each child has their own 'Owl Track' (online) profile which captures their learning journey and their achievements, child profiles are available for parents to look at any time by logging in and opportunities to include parental observations.
Parent’s Consultation is held throughout the academic nursery year; usually around; December and July. Where parents and practitioners discuss each child’s development and plan together how to keep moving their child forward. However, parents are welcome to book an appointment to visit the nursery any time to discuss their child’s progress with our team.
Educational visits and trips are carefully planned in order to support, develop and provide new experiences for children’s learning. Each term parents are made aware of upcoming visits and trips we wish the children to participate in. Visits and trips usually take place within the nursery day and strict health and safety guidelines are followed. Written permission is sought from all parents who wish for their child to participate. Our ratio when out in public decreases - for 2 year olds it is 1:3 and for 3-4 year olds is 1:4. Children visit our local library for educational sessions that develop; language, movement and a love for reading. In order to extend our ‘healthy-eating’ practice children visit our local Lidl, where they have opportunities to buy ‘snack’ for the week.
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Welcome and Registration – During this time children are greeted by staff, independently put their coats away, wash their hands then self-register themselves by placing their name tag onto the ‘registration board’. Once all children have arrived ‘circle-time’ begins. On alternative days children discuss a range of themes; learn letter sounds, counting, shapes, stories and rhymes. Children are reminded of their ‘Golden Rules’ and encouraged to display good behaviour and gain ‘Achievement Rewards’ for their class chart
Child Initiated Activities and Adult Initiated Activities - Children have access to activities and resources of their choice during free play. Afterward children are then gathered together in their key groups. Key persons encourage children to participate and engage them in activities based on their individual needs and interests. Children are involved in helping to tidy up after all activities.
Exploring Outdoors & Play (groups: 1 & 2) - Children are encouraged to explore the outdoor environment periodically during each session. Adults interact with children’s play including games, dance, movement and exercise. In the event of extreme weather physical activities will be carried out indoors, where children will engage in exercise and games.
Snack Break – Children are encouraged to independently participate in snack preparation and to serve themselves and/or are supported whilst the key person engages them in conversation of interest and/or to promote healthy-eating. Snack break is flexible where necessary. Children who stay for lunch participate in ‘teeth-brushing’.
Exploring Outdoors (groups: 3 & 4) - Children are encouraged to explore the outdoor environment during the entire session. Adults interact with children’s play including games, dance, movement and exercise. In the event of extreme weather physical activities will be carried out indoors.
Carpet Time – Children are brought together to enjoy a range of activities such as stories, songs and group discussions reflecting upon the session’s activities. Children say goodbye for the day before being collected by parents. (Children are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors).
“I am very happy with the care and learning that Kyron is receiving from all the staff at the nursery. Kyron is progressing well.”
Lisa, mother of Kyron
Educational and/or Health Websites
Luton Parent & Professional Portal: online services offered by LBC all under one roof: housing, council tax, bin collection, school place, benefits, health, jobs - https://educationestablishmentportal.luton.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/home
Early Years Foundation Stage: more information can be found at - www.education.gov.uk/
Flying Start: offer services and advice for parents from pregnancy to school age and professionals - https://www.flyingstartluton.com
Find a Dentist: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist
Special Educational Needs (SEN) support: If your child has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) and/or you are concerned about their development - www.sendiasluton.co.uk
Go Dharmic: Food for struggling families - www.justgiving.com/godharmic
Healthy Eating: Tips for healthy packed lunches and snacks - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Child Bereavement Support: During these times in particular parents are faced with explaining bereavement to a young child and helping them to cope. We hope the following sites will support you with this challenging task - www.winstonswish.org/
Parent Line: a secure and confidential text service for parents and carers of those aged 0-19. (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm, except bank holidays). Beds Text: 07507 331 456 Luton Text: 07507 331 1886
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) 0-18: clinician will respond, providing self-help resources and psychoeducation. Call: 01234 893362
All Ages: Call 111 Option 2 (24/7)
Samaritans: 24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. Email: email@example.com Phone: 116 123 (24 hours)
More-Life: Weight Management programme for children and families - https://www.more-life.co.uk/what-we-do/our-services/in-your-area/bedford/
Act Early Years: Parents helpline for young people being drawn into terrorism - https://actearly.uk
Using internet safely: Tips Under 5’s - www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online/
NSPCC: keeping children safe, tips for all ages - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents.com
Child Accident Prevention Trust: advice on keeping children safe inside and outside of the home - https://capt.org.uk