Nursery follows the broad general education of Curriculum for Excellence. However, in the Early Years the importance is very much on play.
Our practitioners follow the interests of the children to learn in the eight curriculum areas.
Our practitioners each have a group of key children who they closely observe, plan for and set next steps. In nursery we use Interactive Learning Diaries to share this information with our families.
Importance of Play
Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Play has also frequently been described as ‘what children and young people do when they are not being told what to do by adults’.
Recent research suggests that children’s access to good play provision can:
- increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect
- improve and maintain their physical and mental health
- give them the opportunity to mix with other children
- allow them to increase their confidence through developing new skills
- promote their imagination, independence and creativity
- offer opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together
- provide opportunities for developing social skills and learning
- build resilience through risk taking and challenge, problem solving, and dealing with new and novel situations
- provide opportunities to learn about their environment and the wider community. Children’s right to play is a human right