What Influences our Approach?
At Cressington Manor, we strive to put children at the heart of everything we do. We are passionate about our work with children and families and see childhood and early childhood development as one of the most important times in a person’s life.
The changes which children go through in the first five years are immense, with research into child development showing that the first three years are the most sensitive time for brain development. Early childhood theorists offer an in-depth understanding of child development which allows us to fully appreciate the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and educational growth that children go through from birth and into early adulthood.
At Cressington Manor, we have chosen our own curriculum style which is influenced by a number of key childcare theorists and pedagogy (approaches). Using our favourite approaches, we have taken the five recurring themes which we feel most closely reflect our practice in nursery: high quality interactions, the environment, play based activities with independent, hands-on learning, carefully organised routines and tuning in to children’s needs and interests and stages of development.
We follow parts from Froebel, Montessori, Steiner / Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia and use these five themes to create our own unique approach as we know how important they are to provide high quality learning experiences for all our children.
What we want our children to learn.
At Cressington Manor Nursery, we pride ourselves on providing inspiring and exciting learning opportunities through our curriculum. With a strong focus on developing children’s language, communication and vocabulary, our exciting curriculum centres around stories, songs and lots of fun games. We aim to develop a real love of reading through our language-rich curriculum, which is carefully structured and sequenced so that it is progressive and developmental for all our children. We follow a topic-based approach which also has the flexibility to allow our creative practitioners to plan in response to the needs and interests of each child, as we know that young children learn most effectively when they are deeply engaged and motivated through quality play experiences. Our play-based curriculum model carefully follows children’s stages of development and the different ways and paces at which young children learn. Using a ‘Book as a Hook’ into learning each week curriculum offers endless opportunities for children to practice and refine their language and communication skills, to be introduced to new vocabulary, and to develop a real love of reading, all of which are so important for developing strong, confident learners and for preparing children well for their next stages of learning.