What does our garden grow?
One of the richest learning experiences we create at our nursery is the making, caring for, and harvesting the next generation, our wonderful nursery garden is part of our learning environment. Where the experience is owned by the children from the very beginning. Long before any seed is carefully placed into the ground our garden begins to grow……….
A sense of community – Our little people understanding and managing their own feelings, empathising with others is a fundamental aspect of emotional development. Our Educators can enable children to learn to empathise with each other through telling stories, giving scenarios of emotional situations and asking a child how that would make them feel. This gives the child the opportunity to recognise and understand others feeling the same emotions that they do.
It grows a sense of inquiry – Wonderfully confident children who can explore and actively learn about their environment on their own level. Actively seeking their answered to their questions.
It grows a sense of discovery – The world is a very wondrous place. A child’s innate curiosity is the basis for life-long learning. We can encourage it best by sharing their questions and fascination rather than knowing all the answers.
It grows a sense of resourcefulness – Enabling our children to develop their creativity, allowing them to explore and to play without imposing on them our own ideas and anticipated outcomes. We foster in them a creative approach to learning across the curriculum. Creativity is not just about painting and music, it is about thinking imaginatively, being resourceful and seeing potential for imaginative play in everyday objects
It grows a sense of pride – Personal, Social and Emotional development are three key areas of a child’s development that come together and help to build the person a child will grow into. Lighthouse helps develop their character further and how they feel about, and act in the world around them. Through providing wonderful learning environment inside and out.
It grows a sense of inquiry – Inquiry is seen as a collaborative task. Children’s learning is enriched when they work with others to solve a problem or investigate an interest. Exposure to others’ ideas and perspectives helps to broaden individual understandings, and as children work together on a joint project they develop strong relationships with each other. The inquiry process also provides a context for educators to engage in sustained, shared conversations with children. Through such conversations educators are able to enrich and guide children’s thinking and learning, and children gain new understandings of themselves, the learning process and the topic at hand.
It grows a sense of imagination – Role play is a great way for children to explore their feelings and act out scenarios that enable children to learn and display empathy with the added bonus of children interacting with one another.
It grows a sense of responsibility – Encouraging children’s independence is another way our practitioners build self-esteem and self-confidence. Our Educators encourage children to do tasks for themselves, for example, putting on their own shoes. Yes, it may be quicker for the educator to put the child’s shoes on for them, but this takes the learning opportunity. This small task can create an overwhelming sense of pride and achievement for the child, doing wonders for their self-image.
It grows a sense of joy – Young children learn from everything around them – the people, the environment, the atmosphere, the routine, and the experiences. Play underpins all development and learning for young children and, therefore your child will take part in many indoor and outdoor play experiences that will help them to learn and develop their enquiring mind, while they are having fun!