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The aim of Garden Cottage Nursery it to produce a well-rounded, happy child that can make an easy transition into school life, we work closely with the schools that the children move onto for an easy transition.
We are very lucky to be able to take advantage of the facilities at Windlesham House School. The children will also benefit from Music and Foreign Languages and farm walks each week.
Children will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum:

This is structured into the following four distinct but complimentary themes:

  • A Unique Child, recognises that children are competent learners from birth the staff will encourage them to be resilient, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships, encouraging children to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and key workers.
  • Enabling Environments, the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • Learning and Development, recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
    The statutory learning goals are expectations for most children to achieve by the end of the EYFS and can be broken down in to seven main areas of development and learning:
  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive arts and design Development.

Planning will take place by observing the children, then using what we have learnt to inform our planning for that child’s next steps. We do have a calendar of activities and celebrations that take place throughout the year and these will be introduced by staff, however if you would like your child to talk about any festival or celebration then please feel free to inform the staff so that we can include this is our daily plan.
We will be using the Ten Town, Jolly Phonics Sound Schemes and several reading schemes. This does not mean, however, that these will be the only schemes used as we hope to develop individuals who can fit easily into school life anywhere. Children are encouraged to develop a love of reading and you can support your child by reading with them regularly. They will bring home 2 types of reading book. The first the children choose from the Nursery library and the second is a reading book that is appropriate for their current reading level when we feel they have developed and are ready. In the very early days, reading will involve telling a story using the pictures.
They will have a Reading Folder in which these books will be put, along with a reading diary and any information we need to communicate with you. This will be treated as a two-way method of communication between ourselves and the parents.