In Killard House School, our Nursery Department aims to work together with parents, carers and other professionals, to ensure that all children feel valued, safe and secure throughout their learning journey here with us.
On a daily basis we aim to provide a specialist learning environment that provides all children with pathways to the Preschool Curriculum. The Preschool Curriculum aims to provides opportunity for our children to investigate and engage in a variety of motivating, challenging and fun activities as well as having the opportunity to develop their essential play skills.
Here at Killard House School we understand that ‘all children are different and develop at different rates’ therefore, through the pre-school curriculum we aim to develop the whole child by:
- promoting emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development;
- developing self-esteem, self-control and positive attitudes towards others;
- developing language and communication skills to encourage the sharing of thoughts and feelings; and
- creating confident, eager, enthusiastic, independent, curious learners with a positive and problem-solving attitude to learning.
Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education (2018)
The Preschool Curriculum is set out under the following areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Language Development
- Early Mathematical Experiences
- The Arts
- The World Around Us
More information can be found at: http://ccea.org.uk/curriculum/pre_school
In addition to covering all areas of learning, we aim to target; challenges in communication; the development of social interaction; increasing independence and providing sensory experiences to ensure all children are ‘calm and alert’ and therefore ready to learn.
Within Killard House School Nursery Department the staff are highly experienced in using both PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Makaton to provide preverbal methods of communication so that all children are provided a means of communicating their basic wants and needs.
We encourage social interaction between peers during both structured play and targeted learning activities. Through the use of visuals e.g. turn taking wheel or carefully planned activities we encourage children to play alongside one another, continually modelling good practice and encouraging positive interactions.
Within the classroom we use lots of visual systems e.g. visual individual schedule, morning routine schedule and a toileting schedule. The use of visuals removes the bombardment of verbal instructions and provides a more appropriate way for the children to access what is expected of them. In all areas we aim to decrease adult support to allow all children to take ownership of transitioning, organisation and toileting.
The children we teach require a range of sensory inputs to ensure that they are ‘clam and alert’ and ready to learn. Sensory breaks and activities will be planned to meet each individual’s needs. Some activities that our children enjoy and find very beneficial are; soft play, TACPAC, TakeTen and turning our classroom into a sensory room.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading all about our Nursery Department here at Killard House School.