Evergreen Early Years uses paper format learning journals. Each child will have their own journal and your child’s key person will keep this up-to date weekly. Learning journals are used to record observations, photos and samples of your child’s work, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This enables us to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. Through formative and summative trackers, we monitor your child’s progress across the 7 areas of learning and are constantly monitoring your child’s learning and development.
Phonics teaches children the basic skills they need to learn to read and write. At Evergreen Early Years we provide children with daily opportunities to take part in fun phonics group activities, based on the Jolly Phonics programme.
The Nursery Routine
We believe that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the nursery’s session/day are provided in ways that:
- help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the nursery;
- ensure the safety and well-being of each child;
- help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
- provide children with opportunities to learn, gain independence and help them to value learning.
The nursery organises the day so that children can take part in a variety of child-chosen and adult initiated activities. These take account of children’s changing energy levels throughout the day. The nursery caters for children’s individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day.
Activities Outside Nursery Premises
Most activities will take place within the nursery or its grounds, but from time to time, children may be taken off the premises for such activities as a nature walk, visits to local parks, or shops. Children will always be accompanied by the appropriate number of responsible adults to ensure safety and adequate supervision.
Snacks and Meals
Hot meals are provided for the children. The cook is made aware of the children’s dietary requirements and these needs are catered for. The nursery makes snacks and meals a social time during which children and adults spend time together. Menus are displayed in nursery for the information of parents and so that parents can complement their child’s diet with food served at home. Do tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met to the best of our ability.
Once starting Nursery, each child is allocated a key worker. Their keyworker is responsible for observing and tracking their progress. They will plan exciting and meaningful activities to promote learning, based on each child’s individual needs and interests.
Keyworkers develop close relationships with their children and their families, through regular daily updates and more formal parent’s evenings and other events.