Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Skamps Pre-school Day Nursery provides a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. We do follow topics and children's lead. We celebrate different cultures celebrations i.e. Diwali, Christmas, Holi, Eid, Hannukah, Easter. If there is any festival or celebration that parents want us to celebrate we will research and invite the parents in to share their culture and religion.
All activities are planned on a daily basis for each individual child through the key person system which is a member of staff is responsible for a group of children to do observations on their key children and liaise with parents to relate information to and fro about the achievements their child has made at Skamps or at home.
We promote the five Every Child Matters outcomes for all the children who attend Skamps Pre-school Day Nursery and provide a curriculum following the DfE Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Protective Behaviours is a practical approach to personal safety. It is a program that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by teaching children to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection. The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without fear and violence. We teach ‘We all have the right to feel safe all the time' and 'There is nothing too awful (or too little) we can talk about it with someone'.
The NSPCC runs a campaign called PANTS, which helps parents, carers and teachers of 4 - 11 year olds keep children safe from abuse. Like the Green Cross Code, it takes a potentially tricky subject and gives us the tools to talk about it in an engaging and age-appropriate way. Please click the button below for further information about the PANTS campaign.
To promote good behaviour we give stickers and certificates to children who have tried really hard. We also have a kindness tree which the children get rewarded with a snowflake, leaf, flower etc depending on the season to promote kind and thoughtful behaviour. When a child is not behaving themselves we talk to them during a period of ‘Time out’ for 3 minutes depending on their age, and speak to them about being kind and helpful to others and not to hurt others. Treat our friends as we would like to be treated. Promoting good behaviour is in our Behaviour policy.
At Skamps we have our named SENCO who is Gaynor who helps to support children who need a bit more help than others. She works closely with other professionals and is also the Speech and Language Champion, who completes a speech and language screen on your child, with your consent. This is to monitor all the children’s speech and language development and helps us to work with your child to aid their development. Please speak to Gaynor for more information.