Acorn is the Airthrie Nursery where our youngest pupils are taught in three bright, interlinking classrooms, which open immediately onto the garden. We know that the children love being out of doors so, weather permitting, we have a classroom out as well as indoors, so fulfilling the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We endeavour to build a love of learning from their early days in Acorn which remains with them as they progress through the school. The Airthrie Values are introduced as we encourage children to develop their imaginations and their independence skills.
Children start in Acorn from their third birthday. At Airthrie we understand that beginning nursery is a big step for both parents and the child and therefore have a flexible approach to commencement of attendance in our setting. We wish the children to come to school happily and we work closely with parents to ensure the right approach for each individual child. Some children may start gradually and build up their time with us on a completely flexible programme following one or two taster sessions, whilst other children may come to us immediately on a full-time arrangement.
All children are invited to attend taster sessions before they begin and parents are welcomed and encouraged to stay with their child. We offer a range of sessions including morning, mornings including lunch, or all day, and parents are able to select which sessions and days they prefer. Airthrie lunches are freshly prepared on site and we are able to cater for specific dietary requirements. Lunches are served in the class room which creates a 'family feel' dining experience; promoting communication and language skills as well as good table manners. Children in Acorn are encouraged to bring in a healthy fruit or vegetable snack to eat mid-morning.
We aim to:
Children in Acorn will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which comprises prime and specific areas of learning within which, are seventeen early learning goals (ELG). These act as stepping stones to their transition to Key Stage 1. Creative use is made of both the indoor and outdoor learning environments in order to progress towards achieving their goals. We pride ourselves on our nurturing learning environment. Out excellent pupil to staff ratios enable us to support the children to ensure they achieve their potential and, as such, planning is tailored to children's needs and interests whilst ensuring coverage across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Our planning ensures that your child will develop their experiences in seven key areas of learning. These are divided into ‘Prime’ areas and ‘Specific’ areas.
The ‘Prime’ areas are fundamental throughout the whole of the EYFS and support the child’s development in all other areas. The ‘Prime’ areas include:
The ‘Specific’ areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in school life and prepare them for further learning. They include:
Acorn also benefit from weekly French, Music, Sport and Drama lessons from specialist teachers.
Acorn Curriculum - Ethos
A child's early years is the time of the greatest growth and learning for all children and in Acorn we base our curriculum on a single quality framework for children from birth to the age of five, encompassing four important principles:
1. A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
2. Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and key adults in their life.
3. Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
4. Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.
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