The Nurturing Years
Kindergarten Curriculum outline
Each Kindergarten group has a mixed age range of 3 to rising 7 year olds. The 3-5 year olds follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which covers activities and learning relating to:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Numeracy skills
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts
Please note: The kindergarten has been granted permanent exemptions or modifications from those aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Learning and Development Requirements which relate to the formal introduction of Literacy and have modifications to the teaching of Numeracy and Technology. You can find the EYFS Modifications and Exemptions document here.
Children in the final year of Kindergarten, the Transition group, continue to take part in all the activities within their mixed age group class. How they engage with these activities changes and they begin to take on more responsible supporting roles. In addition to these everyday activities there is an additional Transition group curriculum which is designed specifically for the Transition group. This includes:
Enjoying an unhurried childhood (ages 3 – rising 7)
We want children to enjoy their childhood and the Kindergarten provides a secure and unhurried setting in which the children can grow and thrive and discover their natural love of learning. Here the children in these early years learn through play and exploration. This is a gentle introduction to school and the wider world. There is a family atmosphere – we see the kindergarten as a second family for the children with small class sizes and a mixed age group where your child is well known, creating a deep sense of security where confidence and social skills thrive.
Structure and rhythm to the day creates trust, and confidence and curiosity
This warm family friendly atmosphere in the Kindergarten is structured with what we call the rhythm of the day and the seasons – where rhythm, repetition and structured programmes of activity reassure and develop increasing levels of skills. Your child will be involved in learning through activities such as baking, sewing, weaving, modelling, painting, woodwork, fairy tales, games, dance and movement, and singing. Each day has a structure within which your child will develop trust, curiosity and love for learning. These reassuring daily and weekly rhythms are the foundation for learning – painting today, chopping the vegetables for soup tomorrow, and always cleaning on a Friday. Playing, working, singing, dancing, making, exploring – these will be your child’s experiences in the ‘nurturing years’.
Festivals, Seasons and Outdoor Play
The celebration of festivals and the changing seasons which are reflected in the structured programme of activities help the children develop a love and appreciation of nature and a sense of community. The natural world and play in the open air is a key feature in this programme for your children who will be running and skipping, playing in the sand and exploring woods, parks and outdoor spaces with their teachers.
Supporting the natural development of your child as is appropriate to their age
Underpinning all this is your child’s teacher who with great expertise will be supporting the developmental needs of the children, clearing the path for helping your child acquire the social, physical and intellectual understanding for the next stage in the learning and education programme – the ‘Foundation Years’.