Riverside Nursery
Learn, Play, Grow
Learning & Development
The Early Years Foundation Stage Principles and the Montessori philosophy provides a framework that informs the way we organise and care for our children. The nursery day is carefully balanced so that children have time to be active, time to play and be noisy, time to be quiet, time to listen, time to concentrate, and time to rest.  The curriculum is child led and the key person will meet the needs of each unique child through careful observation and planning.
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)
Riverside Nursery recognises the importance of early language awareness and staff members aim to provide the conditions necessary for children to develop and extend their language skills. Early stimulation and good quality care are essential for children to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

When working with the babies and toddlers, independence, confidence and mobility are encouraged through a variety of activities using a strong sensory approach. Treasure baskets, heuristic play, cooking, singing songs and music times, outdoor play and co-ordination activities are included in the weekly time-table.

We recognise the importance of the role of the Early Years practitioner in setting the foundations for learning. Our curriculum is planned using the Montessori philosophy and principles guided by the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The EYFS covers children from birth to 31st August following their fifth birthday. It aims to help young children achieve the five ‘Every Child Matters (ECM)’ outcomes, which are: Staying Safe; Being Healthy; Enjoying and Achieving; Making a Positive Contribution; and Achieving Economic Well Being.

To find out more about the EYFS see www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/eyfs.

The EYFS framework also incorporates seven broad areas of learning, which are:

•  Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
•  Communication and Language development
•  Literacy skills
•  Mathematical Development
•  Understanding the World
•  Physical Development
•  Expressive arts and design

Opening minds, opening potential
In our curriculum there is a focus on conceptual development. Young children learn best by doing and by being involved, so the nursery possesses a wide range of manipulative equipment designed to promote effective and enjoyable learning. Social and physical development too, is not over-looked.

We place emphasis on developing an ‘inquiring mind’ and ‘love of learning’ through sustained shared thinking, and set the foundations for the more academic skills in Arithmetic and Language, which will dovetail into the National Curriculum at ‘big school’.

Some of the things we aim for the children to be able to know and do by the time they leave us include:

• Recognise and write their names, know the names and sounds of letters of the alphabet and start to read.

• Familiarity with a range of songs and nursery rhymes, and classic and modern children’s stories.

• Recognise and count numerals up to 20, and beyond, understand that all numerals have a value, carry out simple addition and subtraction operations (by demonstrating this practically).

• Simple scientific concepts (including hot/cold, air, magnetism, seasonal changes, life cycles, growth & change)

• Geographical concepts (including continents and their names, oceans/seas and their names, places such as their neighbourhood, town, country).

The educational work at Riverside Nursery is guided by a rich blend of educational philosophies, including Montessori, which we find particularly appropriate with the plentiful supply of excellent manipulative equipment.
Extra-Curricular Activities To further enrich the experience of children at the nursery, we also have a range of extra-curricular activities. Please contact us for more details.
We are graded as Outstanding
by Ofsted.
The nursery is registered with OFSTED, the government body that regulates education, including children’s nurseries. You will find our most recent Ofsted Inspection Report located below, we are immensely proud that we received an Ofsted OUTSTANDING grading at our most recent inspection in July 2013.

MONTESSORI
The educational work at Riverside Nursery is guided by a rich blend of educational philosophies, including Montessori, which we find particularly appropriate with the plentiful supply of excellent manipulative equipment.

At Riverside, we embrace the latest technology and monitor your child’s progress by using a wonderful on-line learning journal called ‘My Montessori Child’. Parents can access this journal at any time.

HOW IT WORKS
My Montessori child can be accessed via a computer (search ‘my montessori child parent login’) or a mobile device (The My Montessori Child app can be downloaded from Apple Store or Play Store). The nursery will supply parents with individual log-in details.

· Teachers regularly record day to day observations and photographs of each child
· Teachers add comments and other notes to their observations
· Parents can view, comment on and contribute to the learning journal by
 uploading their own pictures, for example the system can give parents ideas for things to do at home with their child
· Via the system, parents can access expert advice on Montessori and Early
· Years Education and Teachers can compile reports for parents as necessary

You will love it!

Learning Journal
My Montessori Child enables teachers to record observations of children’s activities in a manner that’s faithful to Dr Montessori’s method, principles and values. The system automatically uses those observations to track Montessori progress, to generate statutory reports on child development, to support teacher planning, and to facilitate parent-teacher collaboration in furthering a child’s progress.

The ultimate beneficiaries of the system are the children, for several reasons:
- Teachers spend less time on record-keeping, giving them more face-to-face time with the children
- Teachers receive deep and comprehensive insights on how to support each child’s unique learning journey
- Parents are shown how to offer complementary learning opportunities to the children when they’re at home.

My Montessori Child operates securely in the cloud and it is now in widespread use in schools across England and Wales, and increasingly in the USA and Europe.

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Battersea Reach,
Ensign House,
Juniper Dr,
Wandsworth SW18 1TA
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