Our aim at The Beanstalk is to give our children a safe and happy environment where they can grow in confidence and independence in preparation not only for school, but for life.
A UNIQUE CHILD
At The Beanstalk, we treat each child as a person in his/her own right, and we value each individual for what they bring to the nursery, be it their different levels of ability, their religion or different cultural background.
We recognise that the parents are the child’s first educators. We respect and value our parents and we aim to have an open, honest and supportive relationship with the families of our nursery.
We believe that children and adults flourish best in a welcoming and inclusive environment with appropriate learning opportunities. At the Beanstalk, we follow the Montessori philosophy, where each child is free to develop at his/her own pace, guided by the teachers. The carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environments are aimed at providing the children with a variety of early experiences enabling them to achieve while enjoying themselves. We use Montessori materials and a wide range of other resources to support the children’s learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
The key person takes time to observe children, so that their individual interests and strengths may be recognised and developed appropriately. Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. We develop warm and caring relationships with children, encouraging them to make safe choices whilst not overprotecting them, by letting them to access risks.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
We believe that children and adults flourish best in an environment where everyone knows what is expected of them and where children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop their self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. For this we set clear boundaries and will through simple ground rules maintain consistency for our children.
We promote a healthy lifestyle and by meeting the physical and emotional needs of our children, we create a clean and safe environment for them to thrive in. At The Beanstalk, we work together to promote children’s welfare and protection. It is our duty and responsibility to protect children from harm.
The Beanstalk is committed to treating each individual as a person in his or her own right. All children are different, and it is this that creates their uniqueness and individuality, which contributes to the richness of humanity. We are all different, but we are all of equal worth – different but equal.
We strongly believe that children should be able to feel good and confident about themselves.
Our curriculum is planned to empower children and aims to ensure cooperation and respect; to encourage children to look at others’ point of view and stress similarities between people and races rather than emphasising the differences.
Children might from time to time encounter difficulties in their development. It can be a hearing impairment, delayed speech or behavioural difficulties and we work in partnership with parents to offer support and advice.
Children with English as an additional language will often take their time in a new environment and they will observe and absorb a new language for a while before feeling confident enough to use it. By using visual aids we can help children with little or no English.
“Beanstalk is warm, kind, loving, nurturing and fun. My two sons adore it. They have played, made, decorated and danced and learned about everything from volcanos to autumn; the life cycle of an egg; kindness; sharing; football skills and how to adapt when they go to ‘big’ school. They have made close friends, become more independent with better social and language skills and blossomed in confidence.
The staff put a huge amount of work into planning activities inside and out – sports days, shows, Easter bonnet parade, outings to the theatre, library and even a coach trip to Odds Farm.
They handle the children with extraordinary love, care and patience. They are flexible with both children’s and parent’s needs and provide detailed and very helpful feedback. I never worry about my boys when they are there. They are very happy, well adjusted little boys and I am sure that is more than partly due to their time at The Beanstalk”
Jane Fryer, mum to Freddy and Sandy.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
“Staff form excellent partnerships with parents. Parents are extremely well informed. Support their children’s learning at home and take an active role in the nursery” OFSTED, Oct 2015
Parents are encouraged to feel part of the nursery and there are regular volunteer days, including a Daddy’s Day every term. We value our parents for anything they can bring to the school, whether it is their time, special skills or their cultural background.