The Curriculum

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Lexden Lodge Kindergarten helps children to continue to do this by providing interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.

 

The early years are guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage (from September 2008) - a framework that helps us to recognise and expand on the individual and diverse ways that young children develop, and supports staff in providing the planning tools needed during this very important stage. 

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework


The Early Years Foundation Stage documents help us to determine a child's development.

When planning for each child, we also consider:

  • A unique child; recognising that every child is a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

  • Positive relations; recognising that children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with their parents and/or a key-person

  • Enabling environments; recognising that the environment in which children develop plays a key role in supporting them and extending their learning

  • Learning and development; recognising that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

The Early Years Foundation Stage further divides the aspects of children's Learning and Development into seven areas.​

The Prime areas consist of:​

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Physical Development

  • Communication and Language

The Specific areas consists of:​

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics - numeracy and problem solving

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive arts and Design

These meet Ofsted requirements and the principles of the Every Child Matters documentation. This helps your child prepare for their future in an educational environment.




Extra-Curricular Activities


In addition to all activities provided by the nursery, we also offer a variety of paid-for extra-curricular activities such as:

  • Jo Jingles; movement and musical activity, every Wednesday morning (1yr plus)

  • French; term time only, every Tuesday morning (3yrs plus)​

  • Gardening; seasonal including veg patch and flower growing (2yrs plus)

  • Outings and walks; all year round, all ages

  • Signing; in all rooms at all ages (supports SEN and EAL children)




Online Learning Journals


Throughout their time at Lexden Lodge Kindergarten, observations and pictures of your child will be kept and uploaded onto our private Tapestry system, which the key-person updates, and shares with you securely via the portal. You will receive your personalised login details once you are registered, and have given permission for us to set it up for you. We often include observations, photographs and information about your child's achievements, interests and activities, and you can also add any information of photographs as you wish.





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