Why is going to nursery a good choice for my child?
There are lots of great reasons to get your child into a nursery setting! Children are like little sponges when it comes to new information and a nursery setting provides a wealth of learning opportunities for them.
Nurseries follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. (Gov.uk) The EYFS follows areas of learning, the areas of learning are:
· Communication and language
· Personal, social and emotional development
· Understanding the world
· Expressive arts and design
Most of your child’s learning will be through games and play, using the high-quality learning resources available, and the knowledge and skills of our experienced staff.
Children who receive quality early childhood education are reportedly more confident and curious. They learn how to manage challenges and build resilience in times of difficulty; settle more easily at school and acquire a long-term interest in learning different things.
Development of Social Skills in a nursery setting
At Nursery children can socialise with their peers. It provides them with opportunities to share ideas, work collaboratively, form friendships and build confidence and resilience. At Nursery, the children eat meals together. This allows them to interact socially and learn about other cultures and traditions through food.
Preparation for School
A nursery setting will help your child prepare your child for school. At Valley House Nursery we are dedicated to getting children school ready. At Nursery children will get used to a structured environment, they will learn routine and boundaries that differ from the routine and boundaries at home.
- Children flourish in the tension free environment of a pre-school setting. Learning is broken down into manageable chunks. At Valley House, we use the children’s interests to plan our learning.Children learn a great deal in preschool. The emphasis is on the cognitive development of the child as learning is due to practice and interaction in a big group.
- The children are involved in oral activities like singing Nursery rhymes, storytelling, role-playing, and singing songs. All these activities help to improve their speaking skills. They learn to speak in groups. They also develop the confidence to speak in front of small groups of their peers and adults.
- Time management is another important feature of pre-school. Children will begin a routine similar to a school setting
- Pre-writing skills are developed by the use of colouring with crayons and writing with chalk in a free style manner. Mark making in sand, clay, paint, and gloop is positively encouraged by our highly trained staff.
- Both gross motor and fine motor development takes place by the various activities performed in preschool under the supervision of qualified practitioners. These skills are vital for activities such as throwing and catching (gross) and writing (fine)
- Children who attend preschool are more prepared for the curriculum of structured schools.
Children learn to identify their belongings, like their own bag, lunchbox, coats and water bottle.