At Lea Valley Nursery, we believe that children learn best through play. We provide lots of different play activities, both inside and out, to develop their learning in all seven of the Early Years Curriculum areas.

Communication and Language is at the heart of everything we do. At all times, the children are encouraged to use words to communicate, using picture prompts and gestures for those who are learning English as an Additional Language. The class teacher leads Speaking and Listening Groups every week, playing games and reading books that suit each child’s ability.

The nursery staff support the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development through special groups, where they spend time learning to listen to, and care about each other. With their key worker, the children also make Special Books by collecting photographs and pieces of work that they are proud of, which are taken home and shared and added to with their families.

Physical Development is promoted through most areas of the classroom, including the ‘mark-making’, ‘art and design’ and ‘sensory’ areas, where fine motor skills are practised. The children learn to have greater control of their bodies as they explore the outdoor equipment: bikes, climbing frames, seesaws, hoppers, and smaller objects to throw, catch, kick, roll and balance.

Daily story and register times are used to introduce topics, colours, shapes, numbers and letters as the year progresses. We introduce themes which include ‘People who help us’ when we have local police officers come to talk to us, ‘Health and Exercise’ with a role-play gym and ‘Light and Dark’ using a fully furnished dark room.

The children enjoy a wide variety of unique events including a visit from a farm, a trip to the local library, and a book show for parents.

Throughout every learning experience, our children are rewarded as they show greater independence and self-care skills.  From dressing and undressing, to resolving problems, the emphasis is on making choices and having a sense of pride in everything they do.