Buxlow Early Years Centre
We enjoy providing a happy, caring, inclusive teaching and learning environment where our children are encouraged and nurtured to develop into, confident learners who are secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they are respected and accepted for themselves.
Our Nursery, Pre-school and Reception children love their warm, welcoming and secure environment. Our children enjoy positive interactions and reciprocal relationships with the teachers and other children and find it easy to build trust with others and confidence in their safety as they;
- explore more structured learning including beginning literacy and numeracy;
- become actively involved in investigative learning, focussed on finding answers to questions they themselves have posed;
- begin to experience research and independence in learning;
- begin to acquire the skills in critical thinking, creativity and working with others.
Nursery (children aged 2 - 3 years): Our youngest children thrive in this new, bright and happy setting. Amongst the caring nurture of our EYFS staff we use our knowledge of individual children to encourage play that is emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially challenging. We understand the importance of children beginning their education in a learning environment that is vibrant, purposeful, challenging, yet supportive.
Pre-school (children from 3 to 4 years) The development of the essential skills in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is the basis upon which we begin to inspire the love of learning in our Pre-School children. Within a happy, relaxed and fun atmosphere, our Pre-School children learn predominantly through play and are introduced to pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills. Well-prepared, they move to Reception at 4 years of age.
Transition from Pre-school to Reception: The child-centred approach experienced in the Buxlow Pre-School continues seamlessly into Reception. At this stage, whilst more formal teacher-led activities are introduced, child-led initiatives build on pre-existing interests and inspiring enthusiasm and engagement in learning. Children's abilities vary widely at this stage so lessons are differentiated to ensure that all pupils are being appropriately challenged across the curriculum.
Parents and Community: Our links with our Pre-school and Reception parents, the whole school and wider community are very important to us:
- encourage and value parent involvement, where possible and practicable;
- endeavour to create an atmosphere where parents feel able to discuss with teachers, their hopes and aspirations for their children;
- facilitate the transition to school, focus on the weekly virtues, attend special Lower School and Whole School assemblies;
- become involved in outreach activities into the wider community through outings and trips.
Parent Help, and the Confidentiality of the Classroom: Parents are always welcome to visit and, when doing so, are asked to ensure:
- That any issues arising from the teaching and learning programmes observed are addressed, in-house and collegially with the teacher; and
- Remember that classroom confidentiality is imperative. This means that what is observed of other children in their work and play, must stay in the classroom.