When working with children is it always important to design a service to meet all their needs so that they feel comfortable in their surroundings and independently develop. Services that have been put in place are good for the benefit for the children when they start at a new Nursery. These services also help them develop while they are at the Nursery, and the children can take the skills they have learned with them. The skills they learn may indeed stay with them when they grow older and start attending school.
When a child first starts at my Nursery we give them all a Key Worker. Their Key Worker has a focus on them, we watches them develop and then records it. They watch them develop in the Nursery and encourage them to keep developing new skills.
For example, by providing guidance and support, I could help children develop the following:
Teamwork and sharing
Discipline and behaviour
These are all vital as the child or children will take these skills with them throughout life.
In spending time with me the children build up trust and confidence in not only me but also in the Nursery. This is a very important stage of
development as this leads to the building of relationships with other children and Key Workers at the Nursery. My role is to provide emotional and physical support, structure, safety and fun for the children in my care. In this way the children learn that I am there to help and support them and that they can trust and rely on me. They are also much more likely to respond in a positive manner if they trust me.
I must also think of the children’s’ needs, such as hygiene.
For example I always encourage:
Washing hands after they have been to the toilet
Washing hands before eating or after touching animals.
This obviously extends to a variety of needs such as food and drink etc.
I also need to take into account various other factors such as that one or more of the children in my care may have a special need. I have to ensure that those children’s extra needs are met and that they are included. I can do this by structuring activities in such a way that they can be undertaken by all children.
In setting out activities, I must also think in terms of educating the children in all areas of their development as well as making the activities fun. For example, one activity could be creative development, such as finger painting, and then another activity in communication, language and literacy development, such as working with letter blocks to spell words.
With my help and support, the children in my care can continue to develop and learn new skills. However, I need to ensure that the activities I arrange are always varied and interesting.
Some examples of activities I could use are:
Sand and water play
Experimenting with different textures such as flour and shaving foam Colouring activities
Using beads and string
Playing with dolls and cars etc.
My Nursery set out many different activities for the children. This is designed for them for the different areas that they develop within are Nursery. They are set to reach all the areas of learning, Personal social and emotional development, communication language and literacy development, problem solving reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development and creative development. With all these different resources we help the children begin to recognize their skills and how to use them. For an example, in the toddler room the creative area always has something out, the toddlers can then sit at the table, start to do mark making on the paper and realize they are drawing on paper. They created a picture!
The holistic education is also important to the children because they can learn through their play. They can also develop their play by watching another child or adult play differently to them. For an example, if I were to show my children how to build a tower, I might use different materials to them. They could then observe me playing and then try it out for themselves.
Different types of play are also very important as I can then observe the children and make notes of how that child is playing and what their next steps are. It is useful as I then know what to do next with the planning of activities.