Sweetpea (3 - 5 years)
In our Sweetpea unit we provide care for children from three to five years old. We offer children play-based experiences which are planned around the children's interests, learning and developmental needs and linked to the seven areas of learning within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Three prime areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
- Communication and Language (CL)
- Physical Development (PD)
Four specific areas:
- Literacy (L)
- Mathematics (M)
- Understanding of the world (UW)
- Expressive art and design (EAD)
All activities are play-based and are a combination of child-initiated and adult-led. These activities allow the children to build on and extend their learning, remain interested and focused and become sociable and confident children.
Activities involving sand and water will help children develop simple mathematical concepts such as weight and size. Through books they realise that words have meanings, develop language and grow in confidence which enables them to share experiences ask questions and make choices. Using paint or cornflour enables them to experiment with texture and colour.
The children have access to a computer which enables them to develop mouse skills and communication techniques. There is a cosy space where children can have a look at books either alone or with peers or revisiting familiar themes with practitioners and a provision for mark making where children can practice and develop pre-writing skills on either a small scale or large scale using a white board. Provision is also made for role play where children revisit and expand on ideas and build their imaginative skills.
We have our own enclosed grassed area where the children have direct access throughout the day. In addition to this the children are encouraged to explore the grassed and tree areas that surround the nursery building. Trips are undertaken to local amenities such as the park, library, the National Science and Media Museum and the pond area enabling the children to gain experience of the world around them.
Staff members interact with the children continually and are positive role models in play, interactions, communications and behaviour.
Every child has a keyworker who plans activities and experiences to meet the children’s individual needs and supports them to reach their learning outcomes. The children’s achievements are recorded within a profile which is taken to school when they leave the setting. This provides the school with relevant information with regards to their learning and development and supports him or her through the transition to school. Children’s profiles are available for parent/carers to see at all times and can be taken home for you to share with family and friends.
Positive relationships with parents/carers are key to the successes of a child as they enable the keyworker to meet the children’s individual needs effectively, plan appropriately, offer support accordingly and record development accurately towards the EYFS.
Meet our team
Early Years Teacher (EYT)
I came to work at the nursery five years ago. I had already attained a B.S.C. (hons) in Psychology. Since being at nursery I have gained my N.V.Q level 3 and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
I have worked in childcare for the last 4 years I have a NVQ level 3 and am working towards a Foundation degree in Childcare Learning and Development.
I have nine years of experience working in early years in the private and public sector. After studying for an NVQ Level Three, I then completed a degree in Early Years and Education and an assessing award.