Learning at Snowy's
How Snowy’s provide for development and learning
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Snowy’s helps children to continue to do this by providing every child with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
We engage in “Learning by Play”, which is the most effective way to help young children to learn and develop, through doing and talking. We assess how well our children are developing by frequent observations (formally and informally), through which staff can assess the level of development that each child has reached and specific areas that could be introduced next. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to their assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.
Snowy’s keeps records for each child, which we call our Learning Stories. These are packed with photos, comments, observations and achievements from your child’s time at Snowy’s, together with an indication of your child’s “next steps”. For example, your child’s Learning Story may show that he or she could recognise the first letter of their name. The next step for your child could be to see whether they can start to write that letter. We welcome your input on your child’s Learning Story, which is available for you to view at any time.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Like all Nurseries, Snowy’s must deliver a national curriculum. We do this in an imaginative way, meeting the specific needs of each child, making each session fun and exciting.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning and development requirements include 3 elements:
There are seven areas covered by the early learning goals and educational program, split into Prime Areas and Specific Areas.
For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage, please speak to your child's key person, or click here to access the Early Years Framework on the Foundation Years website.
Partnership with Parents
Parents have a strong input into how Snowy’s is run. We welcome parents’ comments and they are regularly consulted.
A more formal review of progress takes place twice a year. During a one-to-one meeting, your child’s records (which are available at any time) can be discussed in detail. In addition, Snowy’s has a large notice board and termly newsletters to keep you up to date.
We ask parents to help us make Snowy’s run smoothly, such as following our security guidelines with respect to admitting unknown people into Snowy’s and keeping us informed about any allergies or special diets your child may have. We are obliged to follow the local authority’s guidelines on admitting children with infectious diseases and we would ask that you respect the official quarantine period.
Snowy’s is a charity is run by a voluntary management committee. We like as many parents as possible to support Snowy’s by joining this committee and/or helping with our regular fundraising activities.