We follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which sets the standards for learning, development, and care for children from birth up to 5 years of age.
The principles which guide the work of our Early Years Professionals are grouped into four themes:
A unique child – every child is a competent leaner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured
Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person
Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different times; all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are three prime areas of learning in which our Early Years Professionals support children to learn and develop. These are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
Plus four specific areas of learning. These are:
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
Each child has their own key person to enable them to feel reassured, safe and cared for within our setting. This person also keeps a detailed Learning Journey of the child’s progress during their time with us. These records are available to be viewed and discussed at any time by parents, who are always encouraged to add details of their child’s experiences from outside the nursery.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
At Monkey Puzzle Sidcup we take full advantage of the specialisms and the expertise of our staff, Davinder one of the Directors is a qualified science teacher, she plans and delivers science lessons and STEM sessions that allow the children to build on skills gradually. Not only do these sessions cover the STEM areas but can also be cross-linked to the 7 areas of the EYFS curriculum.
STEM education stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM education has been at the forefront of all learning at all different ages and stages. The world is dependent on these key areas of learning; our general well-being and development ais based on our knowledge of these areas.
The pedagogical principles underpinning engineering education emphasize innovation, invention, investigation, creativity, teamwork, enterprise, perseverance and responsibility and extend the skills, attributes and capabilities of learners through the application of:
- high levels of scientific and mathematical understanding
- solution-oriented approaches
- a range of problem-solving techniques
- systems approaches
- modelling and simulations.
Making the links between curriculum areas explicit to learners illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of STEM careers.
These photos can show how the activities capture the children’s attention, we are inspiring and challenging our children. Today’s curious explorers make tomorrow’s STEMHEROES!
If you have any specific questions about the curriculum, please get in touch with our manager, who will be happy to answer any questions.