Childcare and Education
Bluebell Children’s nurseries provides a well-planned and organised play environment that offers children rich and stimulating experiences, alongside opportunities to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves. The variety of activities we offer recognises and takes into account the differing ages, interests, backgrounds and abilities of the children in our care.
Activities are carefully planned, using a balance of adult led and child initiated activities, to allow children to build on their natural curiosity, advance their thinking, use their imagination and develop positive social relationships. At all times, Bluebell Children’s nurseries will recognise a child’s individuality, effort and achievement.
Wherever possible, all children will be involved in the process of planning activities so that activities reflect their opinions, and so that children have ownership over their nursery day. For children, involvement and consultation helps them to develop new skills such as negotiating, sharing and understanding the perspectives of others. It helps them to understand how decisions are made, and recognises that their opinions are important.
Take a look at our Facebook page for a glimpse into what the children are enjoying at our nurseries:
In our nurseries, the children are free to move between the outside and the inside areas for the vast majority of the day. The children are supervised by staff in both environments and the doors are secured areas.
This means that we do not have a rigid timetable or short-time slots of play outside. Children are able to access the outside area all year round, regardless of weather. We ask parents to provide appropriate clothing for their child and we have wet weather gear available to support this.
The children benefit greatly from being able to choose where they play. They may spend extended periods of time playing outdoors, where they may become more deeply involved in their chosen activity. This will provide them with a richer and more spacious learning environment.
Everything we do is linked to The Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS) .
EYFS is a play based framework that we use as a tool to ensure that children from birth to five years are developing and learning to their full potential. We plan and provide a range of play activities, which help your child to make progress in the areas of development.
The areas of learning and development are broken into two groups, prime and specific areas.
3 prime areas: These areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
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We record and track children’s progress using an online system called Connect Childcare which allows our practitioners to capture a photo, a video clip or a voice recording as well as written observations using an electronic tablet. These observations are then uploaded to a secure web based learning journey to which you as a parent would also have access.
We believe that using online learning journeys allows you as parents to be more involved in your child's time at nursery, enables you to share your child's experiences from home, and of course to have a wonderful keepsake for you to share with your child.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES (SEND)
At Bluebell Children’s Nurseries we are committed to the inclusion of all children.
We recognise that some children may have additional needs that may require particular help, intervention and support. These needs may be short-lived for a particular time in the child’s life or may require longer-term support. At all times we will work alongside each child’s parents and any relevant professionals to share information, identify needs and help the child and their family access the support they need.