At Park House English Nursery we believe that grace and courtesy promote intellectual and physical development, enabling the children to respond to their environment in a positive manner.
Children are taught how to ask a friend if they can join in play, show good manners, tidy up their materials and help their friends. Children are encouraged to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as well as saying ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon’ at the beginning and end of the day. We encourage children to use the names of adults when speaking to them and to make eye contact. Learning to look after their personal appearance, using table manners and good behaviour are all key areas of grace and courtesy that children learn throughout their days at nursery, these are life long skills and help children to gain self confidence and be independent.
It is importance to us that each child gets the opportunity to be a ‘Special Helper’ on a regular basis, giving them the opportunity to develop a sense of responsibility and initiative, and boosting their self-esteem and confidence. The role involves helping prepare a snack, bringing in their favourite book to share with their friends and other tasks, such as taking messages and counting children for the class register. The children love the system and are very excited when it is their turn.
Parents receive a monthly calendar to know when to expect their child’s turn.
We like to celebrate each child’s birthday milestone. To help develop their concept of time, with the help of Mum and Dad each child presents a pictorial timeline showing their development from a young baby and through each year of their life, this includes anecdotes such as their first words, favourite foods and significant moments in their life to the present birthday. The birthday child’s parents are invited to join the Birthday Circle celebration.
We also use the opportunity of birthdays to help children understand the importance of giving, as well as receiving and children are invited to donate a book of their choice to the nursery library in their name, labelled with a nursery bookplate.
The Key Person Approach is a way of working in nurseries in which the whole focus and organisation is aimed at enabling and supporting close attachments between individual children and individual nursery staff. The Key Person will never replace the parent, but will be a special extra adult for a child. We believe that this essential attachment should be planned for and encouraged.
The Key Person is the special member of staff who will be there for a child when they settle into nursery or into a new room, and they will get to know the parents and the child. As the child gains confidence then he or she will move happily away from the Key Person and get to know the other members of staff in the room. But the Key Person is still there for the child as the special person who gets to know them and is there whenever he or she is needed.
Developing secure and trusting relationships with key children and their parents.
Engaging in daily communication with parents.
Settling new key children into the room gradually.
Settling new key children as they arrive each day.
Changing and toileting key children, using sensitive handling and familiar words.
Supporting key children as they learn to dress and wash, offering help as needed but also supporting their growing skills.
Interacting positively with key children.
Providing a secure base for key children by being physically and emotionally available to them to come back to.
Using body language, eye contact and voice tone to indicate availability and interest, gauging these according to the child's temperament and culture.
Comforting distressed children by acknowledging their feelings, offering explanations and reassurances calmly and gently.
Acknowledging and allowing children to express a range of feelings, anger, joy, distress, excitement, jealousy, love.
Spending quality time with your group of key children everyday: either quiet time with stories or other activities.
Planning for your key children and ensure they are stimulated according to their abilities whilst at nursery.