Children begin to learn and explore the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Harvard Park continues to help develop this curiosity by providing our children with engaging and interesting activities which are appropriate for their ages and stages of development.
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to help us reach those important milestones for children and to also identify any area's which may need a little extra work or attention. This document can help you in helping us to ensure we are working together to help get the best from and for your child while at Harvard Park.
Additional Programs and Activities
We are currently involved in and developing our use of Forest School at both of our settings. We also use special education tools such as PAL'S, Box of feelings, structured visits to an offsite gym (day nursery only) and Phonics to help our children get the very most out of their time with us at Harvard Park.
We use strategies such as song boards and story bags with props to help develop language in both young children and those who may have English as an additional language. This too will develop counting skills,
We encourage mark making from a very young age with a use of tools such as paintbrushes, hands, crayon and pencils. When a child is ready to make the next step to letter formation, we assist them with this too. However, we never pressure a child into doing an activity the do not want to do.
We promote creative development in a number of ways such as occupational role play, puppets, junk modelling, music and movement, mirror play and through everyday role play. This helps our children to make friends, learn to share and also to be independent in the choices they chose to make and in their day to day routines.
We use an online system for tracker your child's development
We have made the transition to go paperless within the last few years. We have great and positive feedback from parents who enjoy seeing what their child gets up to at nursery on a weekly basis. We work alongside the company to help develop new features and things which we think are helpful to the children and staff of Harvard Park.