Education Scotland’s Pre Birth to 3 Guidelines and the Curriculum for Excellence form the basis of Meadows Nursery’s learning environment. Our staff attend regular training courses to ensure that we keep abreast of best practice.

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Learning Through Play

Children learn through play and are free to choose from a range of activities in our free-flow nursery layout. The playrooms are organised to facilitate choice and easy access to resources. From a young age, children are encouraged to be independent and support is given when needed for hand washing, choosing their snack, dressing, etc. SONY DSC

Staff make careful observations of the children at play, their use of resources and the interaction between the children, and use this information for planning purposes. The older children plan together with the nursery staff using Floor Books (a large book documenting the children’s ideas, pictures, activities and photographs) ensuring that our nursery day is child-centred. We involve the children as much as possible in everyday nursery decisions (such as snack choice, book of the week & trip choice) and we take their views on board.

Transitions

Children, parents and staff work together to ensure a smooth transition between groups at the key stages within the nursery and on to school and we have excellent links with local primary schools.

E Learning Journals

All children at Meadows Nursery have an e Learning Journal which everyone loves. We manage the journals on ipads and parents have a login code which allows them a fantastic insight into their child’s time at nursery, reading comments from staff and looking at all the lovely photos.

The website pages for our individual Child Groups (Rabbits, Hedgehogs, and Squirrels) are updated regularly to show nursery activities & news, and how these interact with our curriculum.

Further information on the Pre Birth to 3 Guidelines and Curriculum for Excellence is available at www.educationscotland.gov.uk.