At Bishy Barnabees we use Development Matters in the The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The three themes of the EYFS are:
A Unique Child
= Learning and Developing
We maintain the ratio of adults to children that is set through The Early Years Foundation Stage recommendations. These ratios are as follows:
This ensures that we:
At Bishy Barnabees we operate a Key Person system. When your child first starts at Bishy Barnabees one of our experienced staff will help your child settle in and enjoy their Bishy Barnabees experience. The Key Person will care for your child, provide lots of cuddles and hugs where needed, offer support and observe your child during sessions encouraging educational and social development, and work with you to make sure our provision of activities are right for your child's particular needs and interests.
We keep a record of achievement for each child called ‘Follow Me on My Journey’ - Scrapbooks. Your child's ‘Journey’ helps us to celebrate together their achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for their well-being and educational development.
Your Key Person will work with you to collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the Key Person to understand your child's stage of progress, and plan future developmental activities. You and the Key Person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage of their individual learning.
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure this is the case, our staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child best settle in.
Our staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views and to answer any questions you may have.
Bishy Barnabees believes that care and education are equally important in the experience that we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the sessions/days are provided in ways that:
We organise our day so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. These take account of our children’s ages and their changing energy levels throughout the day. Bishy Barnabees caters for children’s individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day.
The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities. Such activities introduce your child to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playrooms. We actively encourage our children to make free choices regarding the environment where they play.
Bishy Barnabees makes snack and meal times a social time at which children and adults eat together. We plan the menus for snacks and meals so that they provide the children with healthy and nutritious food.
Bishy Barnabees recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All our staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which you can take part in making Bishy Barnabees a welcoming and stimulating place for children, such as: