At Toots our ethos is to place the child at the centre of all we do. We use the framework from the Early Years Foundation Stage to plan all of our activities and curriculum, we want the best for your child as do you and we believe that together with the help of EYFS we aim to improve each child’s outcome. We ensure that every child that attends Toots is treated uniquely and is constantly learning, we want all Toots children to go out into the world as resilient, capable, confident and self- assured young people. We encourage all children to be strong and independent, forming positive relationships whilst always continuing to learn and develop in an enabling, secure and friendly environment here at Toots. Our staff are always here for your child, responding to individual needs, nurturing each child and developing strong partnerships between practitioners and parents and/or carers. We take into consideration that every child is different and not only has different needs but learns and develops in different ways and at different rates, this includes all children that attend Toots and including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
We strongly believe in learning through play whilst covering all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is to encourage children to:
- feel safe and secure
- develop curiosity
- be sociable
- have consideration for others
At Toots we are Ofsted approved and provide the Nursery education grant for children over the age of three years old.
As well as learning language and literacy, numeracy, physical and creative activities and skills and knowledge about the world around them at Toots we offer French and dance sessions along with trips out locally and further afield.
A typical day at Toots may include sand and water play, malleable, painting and creative, imaginative and domestic play, role play, stories and singing with weekly music, French, yoga and cooking groups.
We like to make regular outings to the park and library, and to relevant places that the children are learning about. Our staff spend time carefully planning the curriculum to meet each individual’s needs taking into consideration the different stages of development of your child and their interests, ensuring there’s something for everybody to enjoy and learn. Also making sure that every child feels included and valued making progress at their own rate so that no child gets left behind.
For our early years children concepts like colours, shapes and numbers are introduced from the start of their Toots journey, in a relaxed and enjoyable way. From here the children are on the right track progressing to pre-reading, reading, maths and writing skills
The equipment provided in each room has been carefully selected to stimulate the child’s imagination, help their physical development and promote social interaction.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, this is to ensure they form positive relationships and learn to respect others whilst developing social skills and learning to manage their feelings and emotions. Helping them to understand appropriate behaviours in group situations and build confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Understanding the World
Understanding the World involves guiding 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.