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Tadpoles

                                                           

Welcome to Tadpoles class page.

 

Welcome to Tadpoles.  The Nursery is taught by Tasha Evans and she is supported by Jo Woodley, Paige Mace, Vicky Tullett, and Clara Gomez.

We have two sessions. The morning runs from 8.30 – 11.30 and the afternoon runs from 12.15 – 3.15.

 

When the children arrive at nursery they come to self register in their Key Worker groups. During this group time we take part in a small activity and once everyone is in we sing our hello song, count each other in and then start the exploring!

 

In Tadpoles we follow the children's interests. The children are independent in their choice of activity during the morning and afternoon session. Each area provides plenty of opportunities for the children to learn through their play.

The adults in the room support and are involved in extending this play further.

In Nursery we offer a mix of Adult initiated activities and child led play.

 

 

All the children are offered a healthy snack during the session. We have a snack table where the children are encouraged to visit independently. They are learning to pour their own drinks and peel their fruit. Snack time is a lovely opportunity for conversations between the children.

 

On Fridays we have Forest School. The children have loved going off in their groups with Mr Jones and have really enjoyed the sessions so far.

We will provide waterproof trousers for each child but ask if they can all have a pair of named wellies and a warm coat now the weather is getting colder.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                        

Tadpoles’ Philosophy

What we believe is important to our children.

 

Forest School

A wealth of outdoor learning opportunities.  A chance for every child to play, explore and make sense of the world around them.

 

A rich and enabling environment

Open ended activities to allow children to explore resources to challenge themselves as well as be challenged.

 

A safe and secure place to learn

Clear boundaries and rules are explored with the children so they understand why they are in place promoting confidence and security.

‘If a child feels security and love they can be happy, if a child is happy, they can learn’  Willowcroft EYFS staff 2014.

 

The adults

The staff are facilitators for learning, where adults and children learn alongside each other.  Adults listen to children and work together.  We do this through Sustained Shared Thinking.  (For further detail please see the link below)

 

 

Child initiated play

Fostering positive attitudes to learning and developing children's ability to plan their own learning experiences.

 

Key worker approach

The key worker approach is an effective way of enabling you and your child to develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery.  The adult is responsible for documenting and fostering your child’s development including emotional welfare, next steps and learning journey, which you have access to at all times.

 

Parents as Partners

We understand the importance of parents in their role as prime educators and work with parents to build on home experiences and learning to plan next steps. We host 'stay and plays' once a term for Parents/Grandparents where all are invited to share the nursery experience alongside their child.  In addition we hold information/teaching sessions so that parents can understand our strategies and policies.

 

 

Nursery Staff

Nursery Staff 1 Nursery Practitioner
Nursery Staff 2 Early Years Assistant
Nursery Staff 3 Early Years Assistant
Nursery Staff 4 Early Years Assistant
Nursery Staff 5 Ellie Dye - Early Years Apprentice

A parents' guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Dr. Carol Dweck on Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

Dr. Carol Dweck and Eric Liu discuss Dwecks groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. One of the leading researchers in the field of motivation, Dweck explains why being smart and talented doesnt always add up to success. What is a fixed mindset, and why should you avoid it?

Sustained Shared Thinking

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