The Curriculum for Avenor Nursery promotes learning through games and play. Avenor Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set of learning, development and care standards for 2 to 5 years old.
Four guiding principles shape practice in our setting. These are:
Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
Its basis for holistic and multi-sensory approach, equally addresses the mind, emotions and senses. We promote a type of learning through play and through experimentation that touches upon all four stages of excellence essential to the development of a complete child, these are:
Avenor Nursery embraces a fluid type of learning. The activities are initiated by children, involving people, objects, ideas, experiences and situations that engage and motivate them for sustained periods of time.
Throughout the day, children discover the pleasure of the various learning experiences alongside their entire class, in small or large groups, individually or in pair work. The enabling spaces, interactive and stimulating, offer the kind of structure where timetables, routines and transitions flow in accordance with children’s needs. Any space thus transforms itself into an area of learning: classroom, hallways, playground, lunch area, ateliers, gym, medical office, and why not, restroom.
We believe in creativity and stimulate it through all the areas of development. At Avenor, our care, affection and trust encourage all children to take risks and experiment. We learn from mistakes, assume responsibilities and try again tomorrow with a smile on our face. We turn everything into play and re-enact reality at a small scale in our role-play areas. Every week or so, we change themes and resources to enable children to turn into doctors, firefighters, rocket scientists, farmers, Eskimos or proud protectors of the environment, learning how to handle tools used by adults.
In planning and guiding children’s activities we reflect on the different ways that children learn. Through The Characteristics of Effective Learning we support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. These are:
- Playing and exploring - we motivate children to investigate and experience things, and to ‘have a go’;
- Active learning - we encourage children to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
- Creating and thinking critically - we empower children to have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies to enhance their own learning.
After some time spent at Avenor, a marked improvement in your child’s intellectual progression should be noticed in areas such as: