What our parents say
We were really concerned about our daughter starting nursery, as we knew from previous experience that it would likely take her a while to settle in. Whilst it did take her longer than most, the staff throughout were brilliant and so reassuring throughout the whole process.
Our daughter is really starting to flourish at the nursery and it’s so lovely to see all the little friends she’s making. She’s made really special bonds with several of the team who have all been a massive support to her.
Her meals are better than she has at home and they’ve even managed to get her into a nap routine!
The facilities are brilliant, including the amazing outdoor area and the option of swimming lessons included.
We would thoroughly recommend this nursery to anyone.
– Parent (2023)
What our parents say
Ever since our son started at The Mall we have been so impressed with the quality of care provided for him. He runs in there with a massive smile on his face and is so calm and happy at the end of the day. He is provided with a range of activities to do, including trips out, arts and crafts, and messy play. All of these are geared towards learning, and we have noticed a real improvement in his range of words and understanding. The staff are really caring and always provide a lot of detail on how he has been all day, as well as regular updates through the app that you can check from work and home. Thoroughly recommended.
– Parent (2022)
What our parents say
At first, I was afraid that the Mall Nursery was quite new, compared to other local nurseries. But after visiting the nursery for the first time, I was very impressed with the nursery manager. So we decided to send my daughter to the Mall Nursery. Now, I can say that this was the best decision we made for her. Thanks to all the nursery nurses’ love and care towards her, she got through the settle-in process very smoothly. She soon has a strong bond with them and sees the nursery as her second family. Not only her key teacher but also the rest of the staff, always welcome her and help her enjoy her time in the nursery. I highly recommend that this is the best local nursery I’ve ever known. Thanks to all the Mall Nursery staff for everything they have done for my daughter.
– Parent (2022)
Early Years Foundation Stage
Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our nursery encompasses the four overarching principles of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2021):
A Unique Child
Every child is unique and every child is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Learning through Play
Being active and allowing children to play supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves as well as activities planned and led by practitioners.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the EYFS as:
- playing and exploring – engagement
- active learning – motivation
- creating and thinking critically – thinking
We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to develop as an effective and motivated learner.
Early Learning Goals
For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to attain by the end of the EYFS is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the Reception year of their education.
The Birth to 5 Matters (2021) guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child will make along their journey towards the Early Learning Goals. We take these into account when we assess children and plan for their learning. The opportunities we provide the children allow us to support the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding they need across the seven areas of learning and development.
Seven Areas of Development
Personal, social and emotional development
- making relationships
- managing feelings and behaviour
- moving and handling
- health and self-care
Communication and language
- listening and attention
- shape, space, measure
Understanding the world
- people and communities
- the world
Expressive arts & design
- exploring and using media and materials
- being imaginative
Our approach to learning and development and assessment
Online Learning Journey
When children start at The Mall Nursery, their online Learning Journey will also commence. This helps us to celebrate together their achievements and to work to provide what your child needs for their well-being and to make progress towards their learning and development. Your child’s key person will work in partnership with you to regularly update information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child’s stage of development and then decide on how to further this.
We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting development.
We carry out summative assessments of children’s achievement based on our on-going development records and these form part of children’s Learning Journals. The assessments are carried out 6-8 weeks after they start with us as well as at times of transition and when they go on to school.
The progress check at age two
We provide parents and carers with a written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development – personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language – when a child is aged between 24 – 36 months. Your child’s key person will carry out this progress check using information from observations and their knowledge of the children as well as taking into account the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.
the love of learning
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