The way in which we plan activities depends a lot on the children we have in our nursery and on their individual levels of development.
In the past we have been working with different themes, which will last about 4 weeks before changing it.
The themes are implemented to support the early year’s curriculums and will include and support 7 areas of learning and development.
* Speech, language and communication.
* Physical development
* Personal and social.
* Knowledge and understanding of the world.
* Welsh language
Our themes include a wide range of subjects such as animals, colours, people who help us, nursery rhymes and me myself and my body.
We try to keep the themes and activities as simple as possible as we have toddlers from the age of 2 years that are slowly introduced into it.
We have found recently that the themes haven’t really been working as well as they have done in the past, we think it’s because our children are quite young and don’t have good levels of concentration.
We follow a specific theme now for example we will follow the seasons and so seasonal craft work and activities to coincide with Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. We also do craft activities to coincide with special events in the calendar such as Easter, Mothers Day and Christmas etc.
We have found that sticking to this in a more relaxed way is a much easier way of developing the children whilst ensuring that they also enjoy and stay interested.
The way we assess children includes a great deal of observation.
We follow development records at different ages, they start from age 3 months and go up to 3 years old.
We support practitioners by giving them a certain amount of children with different ages and developmental needs to observe.
They will use the development records for the age of the child and will follow the requests that are recorded. If the child is able to fulfil that request it is...