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Tomorrow’s success starts today
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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Tomorrow’s success starts today

Tadpoles

                                                           

Welcome to Tadpoles

 

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

We have two sessions; morning 8.30 – 11.30 and afternoon 12.15 – 3.15.

 

In Tadpoles we follow the children's interests. The children are independent in their choice of activity during the morning and afternoon session.

 

 

We love to read, join in with stories, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and dance as well as explore our indoor and outdoor environment.  

 

 

Snack time is a focal point of each session where the children are given a choice of water or milk as well as the fruit/carrot.  We sit in our key groups and this has been a great time for conversation with their key worker and each other.  

 

 

On Wednesday we have PE in the school hall for both morning and afternoon children.  We do not get changed for PE so you do not need to provide any special clothing, a suitable pair of shoes for running around would be perfect.

 

The outdoor area is also carefully planned and resourced, the children enjoy the sand pit, vehicles, the climbing wall as well as a wide range of large and small scale equipment and toys.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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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