Play Policy

The nursery understands that play is something that a child best enjoys. A child’s play has a purpose and so leads them towards the learning and understanding of valuable skills. It can help the child fit into the world physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and grow to be a healthy and competent individual.

The nursery will endeavour to provide children with a stimulating environment, where playing and learning go hand in hand. A varied selection of activities will be provided throughout the day, using both the indoor and outdoor environment.

Consideration will be taken to ensure that provision is made for individual children’s specific needs and abilities.

MESSY PLAY

A large variety of different mediums, such as corn flour, play dough, shaving foam and shredded paper will be made available. These will provide different tactile and imaginative experiences and will encourage e.g. expressive language.

SAND AND WATER

These will be made available on a regular basis. They provide opportunities to experience scientific and mathematical concepts as well as encouraging social and language development.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Activities such as painting, sticking, chalking and box modelling will be made regularly available. Additionally games such as ring games, lotto and snap will encourage conversation and the learning of social skills – taking turns, sharing. The children will also have lots of opportunity to express themselves through role play music and dance.

IMAGINATIVE PLAY

The nursery recognizes the importance of imaginative play to children and will aim to provide rich opportunities to widen the imagination. These will include dolls and accessories, road maps and cars, trains, dressing up clothes and a home corner. Various different play settings will be made available. There is also a selection of construction toys, which additionally encourage good hand/eye coordination, counting, sorting, etc.

PHYSICAL PLAY

Tunnels, a ball pool, tricycles, balls, hoops, climbing apparatus, soft shapes and much more are provided to enhance the children’s physical development and confidence.

BOOKS

A variety of books are available for children to look at and read, both alone and in a group. ‘Story time’ will take place every day.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT

A C.D. player and musical instruments will be available so that in addition to hearing and responding to music children will be encouraged to think about how sounds are produced. A television and computer are available to provide children with opportunities to view D.V.D.’s and photographs and age appropriate activities expanding their Knowledge and understanding of I.C.T.