We accept children into our Nursery from six weeks to five years of age. Children are accepted on a first come, first served basis, regardless of gender, racial origin, ethnic background, disability or religion.
Before admission, parents and guardians are required to view the Nursery before they are offered a place.
The Admissions policy is as follows:-
Parents and guardians should contact us either by telephone or email. They will then be offered a convenient appointment time and their name and address will be taken for security reasons.
On the day of the visit, the Officer in charge will request to see some form of identification before parents and Guardians commence the viewing.
A full tour of the Nursery will take place and time is allocated to answer any questions that parents may have. Nursery Policies and procedures are also discussed.
If, at this stage, Parents wish to book their child a place they are able to do so.
Our Teaching Process and/or Curriculum
We blend the Montessori methods along with the programmes (OFSTED and EYFS) controlled by the government bodies for the early foundation stage. At the same time, we incorporate traditional values, good behaviour, manners and respect along with the other teaching practices.
The government-controlled OFSTED and EYFS has seven Learning Areas.
The Prime Areas are:
Communication and Language.
Specific Areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Art and Design.
PRIME AREA 1 -COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
Listening and attention
In this session we let children listen to stories and songs after which they will be encouraged to comment on them with expressive actions using their hands and face movements. While they listen to others, it helps to improve their communication skills and language.
The questions on stories asked children using 'how' and 'why' will promote their language skills. We make sure that all children are encouraged to be part of this exercise.
We let each child speak freely and frequently in order to be aware of the future, present and past tenses of the verbal language.
PRIME AREA 2- PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Moving and Handling
We make children to gain control over their movements and to effectively handle the tools. For example: How to hold a pencil properly while writing.
Health and Self-care
Our team of expert staff will encourage the children to make a self-health talk. I.e., how to keep good hygiene and maintain health to be on the safer side.
Our staff will inform children about a healthy diet and direct them on how to manage their personal hygiene by themselves (dressing-up and toilet manners)
PRIME AREA 3 - PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Our staff allows children to select and try new activities alone or with others, discuss their ideas, and find different ways of doing them. This process allows children to gain self-awareness and be self-confident.
Managing Feelings and Behaviour
Children are allowed to discuss how others and they express the feelings. Through these, they will understand how certain types of behaviours are unacceptable. The staff will help children to decide on these matters. After allowing them to share their experiences with their peer groups, they come to an understanding of how to behave in different situations.
While in the act of group play, children are encouraged by giving mutual respect and care and take turns with others willingly. They are given the opportunity to make good relationship with adults and other children.
SPECIFIC AREA 1- LITERACY
Children are allowed to read simple sentences, and also understand them. They are encouraged to talk with others and gain competencies in telling others what they have read.
Our staff nurtures children to use their knowledge of phonetic sounds when writing words in simple sentences. They are given the opportunity to read their sentences to others.
SPECIFIC AREA 2 - MATHEMATICS
The nursery has a large array of number cards. Children are to use them when counting numbers from 1 to 20 and place them in the correct order. When given a number, they are to give the next number or the one before it. We give them objects so that they find the correct number of objects when given a number. Using these objects they can add or subtract two single-digit numbers. They are to count on or back from 1 to 20. Simple problems of doubling, sharing and halving are given to them.
Shapes, Space and Measures
Children are given opportunities to solve problems on size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money by comparing quantities and objects. They explore, recognise and describe the shapes of objects in everyday life and use mathematical language to name them; such as rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, semi-circles, spheres, cubes and cones etc.
SPECIFIC AREA 3 -UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
People and Communities
Children are encouraged to talk about the present and past events from their own lives and learn about similar situations in the lives of other children. They learn about others culture and tradition which can be different from theirs; and also learn their way of life, to set themselves ready to live in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.
Children will inquire and talk about their own environment in relation to place, objects and living things. They learn why everyone’s environment differ and gradually talk about these changes.
Children gradually learn to recognise the products of technology from their own homes, their nursery settings, and in places they visit or seen in the T.V., They learn what these objects are used for. Children are given the opportunity to select and use some products of technology to suit their ages.
SPECIFIC AREA 4 - EXPRESSIVE ART AND DESIGN
Exploring and using Media and Materials
Children sing songs, dance, make music and do experiments to change and suit their own collective desires and tastes. They will explore and use a variety of materials, colours, designs, textures, forms and functions to create things, with an adult to guide them safely.
Emphasis is laid by our staff to encourage children to be creative. Ample opportunities are given to them by supplying varied materials and tools. They are free to self-develop ideas and ways to handle materials, colours, technology, design, art, music, and role play and stories etc. in order to express their feelings.
Activities at Buds To Blossoms Nursery are organized in a way to keep the children occupied and happy. At the same time, it will provide them with an opportunity to learn new things and develop cognitive skills for self-development, self-esteem, individuality and leadership.
Every child’s learning requirements are supported appropriately within the classroom and play-area. Children benefit particularly in the early years from a multi-sensory approach system. Each child has a record book and a forward progress plan where achievements are recorded and monitored. The shortcomings of the children are attended with utmost care and patience and through words of encouragement.
We offer a vast range of materials and activities. We introduce the first steps of reading, writing and number work, information on nature and geography in a simple and enjoyable way. Children are given the opportunity to freely enjoy music, sing, dance, tell stories and do arts and crafts. Activities are planned and directed to enhance the child’s skills in the six areas of learning; Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and understanding the World, Personal and Social Skills and Physical and Creative Development.
PRACTICAL LIFE- ACTIVITIES
Practical life activities include dressing –frames (use of buckles, buttons, zips, hooks, laces etc.), and also washing, polishing, transferring and pouring exercises, which are common household activities. These are real-life activities which develop self-confidence, independence, concentration, and coordination leading to self- development, self -reliance and character building.
Children are encouraged to participate in our Teddy Bear Picnics, Religious Events and Annual Sports Day. We also hold ‘stay and play’ activities for the participation of parents too with their children, term-time parents evenings where parents are given the opportunity to discuss with the nursery staff about the child’s progress and development. Parents are also encouraged to give their suggestions for improvements, and the nursery administration will certainly make every effort to consider and accommodate their suggestions.