Learning & Development

At Little Bicks, we pride ourselves on providing a curriculum which, as well as being developmentally appropriate, allows ample opportunity for each child to discover and further their personal interests. Our dedicated practitioners promote the children’s natural quest for exploration and knowledge which links into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

There are seven areas of learning – three prime areas which children need a solid foundation in, before developing into the four specific areas.

Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, problem solve, develop social skills, and assess risk themselves.

Prime Areas:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  3. Physical Development
     

Specific Areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design
     

The children access the curriculum through play in group activities or one-on-one, as we provide a safe and inviting environment to stimulate the child’s own thirst for knowledge. The activities are a mixture of structured activities, group work, and free play or child directed/initiated play.

During the morning session the nursery is split into groups: Caterpillars, Butterflies and Bumble Bees depending on age and ability. This allows the children to access all areas of the nursery in their own group. As the children also benefit from interacting with children from different age groups, the children also come together later on for snack, free play, lunch and for the afternoon session. This encourages their social awareness, creating new friendships that further stimulate their educational development.

Our week is filled with extra currcular sessions such as Israeli singing, cookery, gardening, Spanish lessons, Super Sports, Messy exploration and Science sessions. Some of these are led by our practitioners and others are run by outside experts.                                                                                                                                                                     

In planning and guiding children’s activities, we consider the different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. The three characteristics of effective learning are:

  1. Playing and Exploring – children investigate and ‘have a go’
  2. Active Learning – children concentrate, keep trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  3. Creating and Thinking Critically – children formulate and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for undertaking activities and tasks.