To welcome all children, parents and carers as partners in our Nursery.
To create a safe and stimulating learning environment.
To provide a well-structured play-centred curriculum.
To provide for the all-round development of the child.
To pursue a whole-school policy of integration providing a seamless transition into P1.
To participate in ‘on-going’ staff development to ensure we are able to meet the needs of the children.
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
A friendly, welcoming environment, with well-trained staff.
Mrs Robertson, Early Years Assistant, is a qualified First Aider and both Mrs Smith and Ms Forsyth have completed basic first aid training.
A clean modern, well-equipped Nursery, with our own cloakroom and toilets including facilities for disabled children.
A safe and secure outside play-area and Nursery garden, for energetic play with access for disabled children.
A consistent but flexible routine based on the High-Scope way of working with children. We believe that children learn best from activities which they plan and carry out themselves. We encourage them to reflect upon their experiences and review their personal planning.
WHAT WE DO:
Children are involved in meaningful play-centred learning with people, objects, ideas and events necessary to their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development.
Adults interact with children in a mutual relationship of trust and respect which empowers children to take control of, and responsibility for, their own learning.
The learning setting is arranged to provide an orderly and stimulating environment in which children can independently find, use and return the materials they require.
Our daily routine is based on the ‘High-Scope’ ideals – where children plan their own activities.
All children have been proven to benefit from the High-Scope experience.
Independent, responsible and confident
Learn to plan their own activities, carry them out and review them.
Become problem solvers, decision makers and active participants in their own learning.
Gain knowledge and skills in all the curriculum areas.
Research indicates that children who had High-Scope experience, developed life skills and a positive attitude to education and society, which enabled them to improve the quality of their lives as adolescents and adults.
Staff regularly make observations concerning children’s learning experiences which form the basis for planning and evaluation of curriculum experience.
The Nursery Curriculum falls into five categories:
Emotional, personal and social development
Communication and language
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Expressive and aesthetic development
Physical development and movement
Please refer to ‘Children Learning 3 to 5: A Parent’s Guide’. This leaflet explains the five curricular areas in more detail (Copies available on Parent’s Book Shelf). Copies of the ‘Curriculum Policy’ are also located on the Parents Book Shelf.
ENROLMENT AND ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Nursery enrolments usually take place in February or March. Adverts will be placed in the Local Press prior to that date.
The ‘Welcome to Kirkhill Nursery Pack’ includes the enrolment form and all other relevant paperwork.
Parents are required to produce their child’s Birth Certificate when they register.