Many parents are hesitant when considering the importance of early years education. However, studies have shown that the effects of early learning on child development are significant: cognitive and emotional development, improved social skills, better academic results in later life and fewer behavioural problems are just some of the benefits an early childhood education can offer.
At MRN, our educational programmes are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the curriculum for newborn to five year olds that nurseries in England are legally required to follow. The EYFS sets out the framework for the learning, development, assessment and well-being for our staff to follow whilst your child is under our care.
There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS:
The three prime areas reflect the key skills all children require in order to develop and learn effectively in preparation for school.
The youngest of our children focus on the three primary areas, which lays the foundation for successful learning in the four specific areas. The four specific areas are introduced to the children’s curriculum as they age and progress.
Our approach to implementing the EYFS at MRN is unique; we recognise that each child engages with other people and their environment in different ways and we place huge importance on our Practitioners forming strong attachments with children and their families.
Observe, Assess, Plan and evaluate each Child’s Development
Each child at MRN is regularly observed. Observations are a record of your child’s progress, achievements and needs, and are carried out photographically.
Observations are carried out in order for our staff to identify any particular needs your child may have, as well as any anomalies in your child’s behaviour or learning – so that we’re able to ensure your child’s well being at all times.
As a part of this system, each child is given a Learning Journal, where ‘personal goals and next steps to achieve’ are documented on a monthly basis. Parents have access to their child’s Learning Journal at all times, and are encouraged to contribute as often as they’d like. In doing so, your child’s learning can be consolidated both within the nursery and at home, giving them the best possible support in their education.