At Auckland House we believe all children should feel valued, secure and most importantly happy. We have created an environment that is bursting with fun, where imagination and creativity go hand in hand.
Experienced Early Years Practitioners provide a wealth of activities to stimulate and inspire enquiring young minds. Auckland House Day Nursery follows the EYFS curriculum and our qualified practitioners deliver a broad and balanced range of learning opportunities.
Individuality is celebrated at Auckland House and no child is excluded because of race, culture, religion, background, additional needs or gender. Registered with Ofsted, we abide by all the legislations required by them in order to ensure your child’s welfare is paramount.
Safety is of the upmost importance and the nursery is fitted with a number of security systems including fingerprint scanner entry, to reassure you that your child is safe.
Our Parent Partnership means you are always welcome at Auckland House and we have an open door policy that actively encourages parents to share information about their child and we value any suggestions and feedback that you may have not only through the day to day interactions but also through our regular Parents Surveys and Questionnaires and Parents Focus Groups.
At Auckland House Day Nursery we believe that it is essential to capture an accurate baseline of individual children’s attainment as early as possible to inform planning to maximise learning. To ensure that the practitioners have a good understanding of each child’s development level right from the start, we ensure that during the first two to three weeks from the child’s point of entry, practitioners immerse themselves in working, playing and interacting with the children so that they recognise their learning and development and know how to plan effectively to support each child. Using this professional understanding of the child and taking into account information from the home and /or previous providers, practitioners will make initial judgements of the child’s attainment on entry (AoE) in relation to the bands and steps assessment linked on the EYFS scale.
Children in the Early Years learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Our experienced practitioners set the rooms out thoughtfully and sensitively to encourage the very best learning opportunities to happen, both indoors and outdoors.
Staff get to know the children extremely well during their time at the nursery and seek to utilize the children’s interests wherever possible to further their learning and development. They also use their in-depth knowledge of each child to learn when to step in, when to challenge to stretch the children on further and when to offer support.
- At Auckland House Day Nursery we believe children should learn through play.
- We find learning comes naturally when the activities are enjoyable and stimulating.
- All lessons are planned with the Early Years Foundation Stage in mind and carried out in a high quality and caring environment.
- Every child’s progress will be monitored and recorded in an online learning journal (Eylog) and you will be regularly informed of their development through daily observations and regular reports.
- This continual observation is to ensure the children can thrive, flourish and reach their full potential.
- We recognise how important it is to gain feedback from parents and carers and welcome your involvement and input into shaping their time at Auckland House.
- Your child’s emotional and social development is also paramount too and our first priority is to make each child feel secure, valued, confident and happy.
Auckland House Day Nursery follows the guidelines of the EYFS Framework which explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
For children under 3 years of age the focus is mostly on the 3 prime areas. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. These 3 prime areas are:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
The staff use all the 7 areas of the EYFS to plan children’s learning and activities. The EYFS is designed to be really flexible so that we can follow your child’s unique needs and interests, which is when children learn and develop best.
For the first few weeks, our main focus is Physical, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). Children need to feel happy, secure and settled in nursery for future learning to take place and it is paramount to us that the children feel this way.
Auckland House Day Nursery has clear systems to:
- Make an assessment of children’s starting points (baseline)
- Plan next steps (individual targets) that challenge all our children sufficiently
- Track the progress of individuals, groups of children and cohorts across the EYFS
- Identify how much progress is made by individuals as well as groups of children and the cohort
In order for our parents to get regular reports and feedback about their child’s learning and development and understand how well their child is learning, we:
- observe and assess informally all the time
- formally assess the children on entry, and then quarterly.
These more formal measures and reports are completed by looking at and analysing the evidence from the observations marked in children’s online Learning Journeys (eyLog), which you receive daily as your child attends the setting. Above all by the Auckland House staff’s in-depth knowledge of the children is shared and discussed with you on regular basis, during drop off and collecting time as well as the regular Parents Evenings we have booked throughout the year. Staff work in teams and discuss assessments as a class team to ensure we get a full picture of each child and plan appropriate next steps for each individual child.
Download these documents for more information about eyLog – our children’s online Learning Journeys: