Welcome to the Family Room
We took a Child’s view when designing Family Room.
Family room is an open plan room made of more than six areas of learning activities. Children in the family room enjoy the freedom of independence and are able to make choices.
A free flow system is in place. Children have the opportunities to access the outdoor area at any time they wish under staff supervision indoors and outdoors.
Key pad entry to the Family Room helps keep the room secure along with the CCTV for extra peace of mind.
Routines, learning through play
As soon as the children enter the family room they are learning. The bumblebees (2 year olds) have a “yes” or” no” question to enable them to respond using their name with picture tag. This familiarises the children with their first name and with their own special picture. This name and picture recognition is enhanced throughout the day as they find their own pegs, drawers and water cups. Dragonflies (3 & 4 year olds) find their names (both first and surname) and write their name on the whiteboards with adult support. This encourages correct letter formation and pen grasp.
Children are taught to be independent learners. The children choose throughout the day their own activities where adult provides further support to extend their learning. Some activities are based upon children’s interests such as making and tasting porridge when the children were taking an interest in ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.
Healthy living is also a life skill we seek to promote
Children access water at all time during the day. Children have the opportunities to help themselves to healthy cereals and fresh fruit which are served daily. Children start their day with dance/movement sessions the wakeup and shakeup exercises performed twice a day, which also help to teach them coordination. If the weather is bad, we visit Monkey Maze to ensure children are getting some physical exercise and learn to move and climb in different ways similar to those done outside. They also have snack twice daily, consisting of fruit or veg. They are taught to wash their hands before eating and taught why they need to do so.
We have live fish so the children can learn how to look after living animals in their environment. We often have visits from Zoo Lab and sometimes staff members or parents bring their pets to Nursery.
During group times the children learn many skills, such as phonics (learning letter sounds), turn taking, counting / number recognition, listening skills, ICT and extending their learning of current interests through video clips or interactive games.
Celebrations such as Halloween, Christmas, Diwali, Eid and Chinese New Year are encouraged and celebrated using all the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. When preparing for Chinese New Year celebrations for instance, children are encouraged to taste Chinese food, make dragons and snakes etc. The children watch clips of Chinese dragon dancing, painted Chinese symbols for horse and numbers and learn how to spot China on a map.
Our colourful, welcoming garden is dressed with a child friendly bright safe, all-weather surface. The garden is used to provide fun, exciting activities and a wealth of new learning experiences for all children from babies up to school age.
Our garden is used in all weathers, rain or shine. It extends the way children build their physical strength by facilitating a range of interesting resources, messy activities, obstacle courses and many more. Children access the outdoors at all times through our free flow system. Playing outdoors after dark can be very exciting for children giving them the freedom to explore and use their senses. It also helps them to develop not just physically but mentally as well.