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About Us

OUR APPROACH AND COMMITMENT

Every Child in Shining Stars Day Nursery is given individual attention, care and love for a constructive and enjoyable learning process.

 

The Management

The management team have qualifications in Childcare and Child Psychology and with over 25 years of experience in childcare take pride in educating and nurturing the children by creating a ‘home from home’ environment. The management team is well aware of giving the child a suitable equivalent of parental care and love, and try its utmost to satisfy parental expectations in the emotional, academic and psychological development of the child.

 

Our Approach and Commitment

Every child has a twinkle in his or her eyes for learning and gathering information, and we aim to nurture and enhance their intrinsic capabilities and talents; or we may say, ‘SPARKLE’ their desire for constructive and enjoyable learning experiences.

Children will always be encouraged to give out their best by self-initiated and voluntary actions. They will also be stimulated to create in a non-competitive situation; working in close association with other children in a group atmosphere, yet guided individually by the nursery staff on a pre-planned programme to suit each child’s own pace. They either work alone or together or in small groups, sharing their emotions, capabilities, and experiences, to encompass a wider assimilation of progressive ideas.

 

SAFETY OF CHILDREN

This is of paramount importance. The main door with safety devices and a phone enters children brought by parents after identification. Children are handed over to parents or others nominated by them previously, only after careful scrutiny. We are very strict on this procedure.

 

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is based on the  programmes specified by the government controlling bodies of Early Years Education; OFSTED and EYFS.

There are seven Learning Areas . The three PRIME AREAS are, Personal, Social ,and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

The four SPECIFIC AREAS are, Literacy, Mathematics and Expressive Art and Design.

PRIME AREA 1 - Personal, Social and Emotional Development

                       Self confidence and Self awareness

Our staff allows children to select and try new activities alone or with others, discuss ideas and find different ways of doing them. This process allows children to gain self-confidence and self-awareness which are important too as they grow up and be self- confident.

                              Managing feelings and behaviour

Children are allowed to discuss how themselves and others express their feelings. They begin to understand that some types of behaviour are unacceptable. The staff co-operates with children to decide on these issues. They are allowed to share their experiences   with others and come to an understanding how to behave in different situations.

                              Making realtionships

When playing in a group, children are encouraged to respect and care for others , and take turns with others willingly. They are given opportunities to make good realtionships with adults and other children.

PRIME AREA 2 - Physical development

                             Moving and handling

We give opportunities for children to gain control in movements, to negotiate space and handle equipment and tools effectively; even handling of a pencil correctly for writing.

                             Health and self-care

Our staff encourages children to talk about their own health, how good health can be maintained, and keep themselves safe and healthy. We give them information about the ingredients of a healthy diet. They are given information on how to manage their own personal hygiene and attend to their own personal needs efficiently by themselves. This includes dressing-up and going to toilets.

PRIME AREA  3- Communication and language  

                            Listening and attention

Children are allowed to listen attentively in various situations including listen to stories and songs. They are encouraged to comment about them by asking questions with exppressive actions using hands and face movements. They listen to what others say and improve their communicative aptitudes and language mastery.

                            Understanding

Children are encouraged to ask questions on the contents of stories and songs  using 'why' and 'how'. All children are considered to take part in this exercise which promotes their language skills.

                            Speaking

We allow children to speak freely and frequently to express their views and get to know the future, present and past tenses of verbs.

SPECIFIC AREA NO  1- Literacy

                            Reading

Children are allowed to read simple sentences and understand them. They are encouraged to talk with each other and gain competencies in telling others what they have read.

                            Writing

Our staff nurtures children to use their phonetic knowledge of words to use when writing words in simple sentences. They are given the opportunity to read them to others.

SPECIFIC AREA  2 - Mathematics

                           Numbers

The nursery has a large array of number cards. Children are to count from 1 to 20, and place them in the correct order. When given any number they are to give the number next to it and the one preceeding it. We give them small objects so that they find the correct number of objects to tally with the given number. Using these objects they learn to add and subtract single-digit numbers. Simple problems of doubling and halving are given to them.

                           Shapes, space and measures.

Children are given opportunities to solve problems on size, weight, capacity position, distance, time and money. They explore, recognise and describe the shapes of objects using their mathematical language to name them; such as rectangle, circle, square, triangle, semi-circle, cube , cone and sphere.

SPECIFIC AREA NO 3 - Understanding the world

                            People and communities

Children are encouraged to talk about the present and past events of their own lives and learn similar situations of others. They learn about cultures and traditions of others and their ways of life. They understand similarities and differences of those around them, and embark on the process to live in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.

                            The world

Children will inquire and talk about their own environment in relation to places, objects and living things. They gradually learn why environments are diferent from one another in the world and talk about these changes.

                           Technology

Children gradually recognise the products of technology in their own homes, nurseerty setting and in places they have been and seen in the media. They learn what these objects are and used for. Children are given opportunities to select and use  produts of technology to suit their ages.

SPECIFIC AREA  4- Expressive art and design

                           Exploring and using media and materials

Children will sing songs, make music and dance. They do experiments to change them to suit their own or collective desires. They will explore and use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques and experiement with colours, designs, textures, forms and functions with adult guided safety measures.

                          Being imaginative

We encourage children to be creative. Ample opportunities, by using materials and tools are given to them. They are free to produce their own ideas, own ways of painting and mixing colours and paint objects or patterns of their choice to express their feelings through design, technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.


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