Learning Philosophy

Extending knowledge

As a nursery we are required to deliver an educational curriculum that meets the government standard of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). This ensures each child understands things like numbers, letters, social skills and reaches specific learning goals ahead of school. We cover the 7 areas of learning in our indoor and outdoor spaces on a daily basis. However, we want children to leave us with much more than that…

Confident and ready for their next adventure!

Each day at the nursery is different and children are constantly encouraged to try new things and reach beyond their comfort zone.

The staff ensure all children are challenged throughout the day, planning the space carefully to ensure all children can get an individual outcome from a simple activity – this may be counting steps on the stairs, gaining the confidence to play with new friends or reaching he next branch on the tree whilst climbing.

We encourage play that is often deemed ‘risky’, playing in the woods and trees, using tools to create beautiful wood creations, or helping prepare meals using real utensils, helping the children gain independence and increase confidence in their own abilities.

Curious

The world is full of questions and interests. We have designed The Lookout to be the same.  A wealth of activities to stimulate curious little minds.

We have developed environments both in and outdoors that provide children with the opportunities to safely explore and investigate, manage risk and inspire. From mud kitchens and potions, to growing their own vegetables for lunch, curious minds will learn how things work, grow and evolve.

Nurturing and caring

Life is all about care and respect for others. At a very early age we believe it is vital to encourage children to become part of a social group outside of the home. At nursery children can make new friends with whom they can learn and share, take turns and role model each other.

We feel very strongly that children should respect one another and understand differences and similarities in each other. We encourage children to express their feelings positively, begin to understand the opinions of others through discussion with their friends and by the examples set by our skilled staff.

We are an inclusive setting and encourage children form all backgrounds and with all abilities.  We are particularly interested in communication, the owner and Manager, Charlotte, has had 3 children with speech and language challenges so it is partially close to her heart and of interest.  At The Lookout, we will use a number of different methods to communicate over and above the spoken word, including expressive art and movement, song, signing, gesture.  We are looking to become a Makaton friendly setting, using Makaton in every day life as well as local Makaton experts to help the children and staff, and even patents if they wish! develop their Makaton skills.  All the above help children become nurturing and caring individuals with an appreciation for the challenges that others may face.

In the period of time after opening The Lookout we are hoping to work towards the Eco Schools Green Flag award, helping the children with care and responsibly for the environment around them, including their friends, family, animals and nature.  We will work through the award as and when the children are ready, learning vital life skills in the process – https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/eyfs-pathway/

EYFS – Seven area of learning

Communication and language – Expressing themselves and listening to others, children learn to communicate with each other and adults in a variety of interactions.

Physical development – Being active and eating healthily, children learn the relationship between exercise, rest and eating as they develop movement and coordination.

Literacy – The foundation of reading and writing, children learn sounds and letters through a variety of reading materials.

Mathematics – Children have opportunities to learn counting, calculating, measuring and describing shapes.

Understanding the world – By exploring, observing and discovering, children learn about the world, people and technology around them.

Expressive arts and design – All about curiosity and play, children learn to explore their imaginations through a range of mediums including music, art, dance and technology.