Every child should feel safe, loved and cared for from the moment they begin their journey with us.
We value the importance of:
Giving children time
Providing nurturing and stimulating environments
We believe this is key to ensuring our children are given the best possible care in order to thrive and develop at their own pace.
We treat our children and their families as an extension of our own family. Our Wingate Family.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) forms the base upon which we build our curriculum. We take guidance from Birth to 5 Matters, to support implementing the statutory EYFS and our curriculum.
Young children learn from everything around them – the people, the environment, the atmosphere, the routine, the experiences and opportunities. (Becky Wood – Creative Curriculum)
0-2 years old
Relationships between practitioners and babies are vital. When adults tune in to children’s signals and respond sensitively and consistently to meet their needs, children can feel safe, relaxed, and loved. This provides the base for them to be able to progress. We create a natural rhythm of the day, to help babies to know what will happen next. This encourages and teaches independence, building confidence and self-esteem.
We value and celebrate that every child is unique, that they are constantly learning and becoming resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. As practitioners, we read and sing to our babies throughout each day. Our selection of core books and core songs support this. These have been carefully chosen as simple and captivating, we want our babies to become familiar with these during their time in The Nest. By clearly modelling age-appropriate language, offering time and repetition, practitioners will build children's language effectively.
We want our babies to be curious and eager to explore the world around them.
We offer enough space for babies to be able to move and explore. Babies are encouraged to challenge their physical skills with suitable low-level furniture. Babies play with natural objects which spark curiosity to be able to develop fine-motor skills.
In time, our babies are ready to further their development, and we support their transition to The Branch.