Play creatively

Creative play can involve painting, glue activities, playdough, dancing and making music. Fine motor skills, scissor skills, colour knowledge will all be developed. Children will have opportunities to plan and design their own work and the freedom to create their own images. A strong emphasis is put on the process is where the
learning happens rather than how the end product looks. Opportunities for dancing and singing happen every day, musical instruments are always available.

How you can help:
• Ask careful questions to understand what your child has made-it may not always be what it seems.
• Create opportunities for creative play at home.
• Save up resources (junk) at home to bring in and use.
• Let us know favourite songs so we can sing and dance to them in class.

Play Outdoors

Outdoor play happens every day whatever the weather. We provide waterproof and cosy clothes so all children can access a wide variety of activities outdoors. Resources in our garden are designed to allow the children to use it in a very open ended and creative way.

Children are able to manage and take risks and use tools on a daily basis.

We go on regular trips in our local community, using our local shops, library, parks and green spaces to enhance learning and allow children to make connections in their environment.

How you can help
• Build up your child’s love for outdoors by going on walks together, come and help on our adventures, (we can’t go without helpers) always dress your child in suitable clothes so they are comfortable.

Play physically

We have timetabled slots to the school gym hall where we can use a wide and challenging range of equipment. In the playgrounds we can make use of the open spaces and bikes, parachutes and simply run around

How you can help
• Encourage your child’s physical development by getting them to walk to and from nursery, give them enough time to walk to nursery and stand back and watch them change their shoes, hang up their coat all by themselves.

Be With Others

The play environments are designed with spaces for small groups of children to play together, develop their skills for sharing and co-operating. Small group activities
such as baking, trips to the library allow time for new friendships to develop.

How you can help
• Ask your child who they played with, get to know the names of other children and families, arrange play dates out with nursery.

Be messy

Opportunities for messy play are available every day, from painting and gluing to playing with cooked pasta or crazy foam. These activities allow children to develop their language skills to describe the different textures they are exploring; their fine motor skills and strengthen their fingers and develop their imagination to create anything they like from the “mess”.

How you can help
• Don’t send your child in new or precious clothes; every dirty mark is evidence of learning.

Use Their Own Knowledge

Staff listen and observe the children during play. They use the knowledge the children share/demonstrate to plan for next steps and follow up activities. The children help choose the direction of their learning by making suggestions, voting and finding resources.

Be alone

Small spaces are included in the nursery for children to have quiet time, cushions, blankets, teddies, books and story CDs are always there.

Use Real Tools

At snack time, in the art area, out in the garden we provide the right tools for the job allowing children to develop skills for life through their play. Children are supervised and taught how to use and tidy away tools safely.

Use Technology

In nursery the children have daily access to an interactive SMARTBOARD  which is used to develop language and maths skills through interactive games.
Bee-Bots, digital cameras, remote control cars and CD player are also available for children to use to enhance their play.