The Little Academy - Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum is designed to help your child gain self confidence and self esteem. It enhances children social, language, emotional and physical skills which also encourages children to develop with the staffs help by extending their learning.

We aim to cultivate a child's natural desire for discovery and learning and to encourage them to be confident, independent and inquisitive in their adult led activities and independent play. The staff will help them most of all as they progress through their education. Children who are enjoying learning will always succeed. Children learn through exploring and experimenting and at the little academy the child chooses what they want to play with and the adult extends the learning by tapping into your child's interest.

Our nursery staff are focused on providing fun by helping your child to develop as an individual, whilst helping to nurture and encourage learning through discovery and enjoyment. We expect all our staff to engage in skilful and sensitive interactions to support a child's learning. This ensures that play opportunities, resources and interactions indoors and outdoors are appropriate to the level of competence and maturity of the child.

The areas for the Early Years Foundation stage are: -

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.