This section of the website is dedicated to our nursery for babies and children aged up to 4. We follow the EYFS and Development Matters guidelines, with a curriculum based on the child's innate desire to play and explore. When a child plays they learn through first-hand experience – by actively “doing” they develop a concrete understanding of the world. We have designed the learning environment at Flexi-Minder to inspire the children to lead their own play experiences and our skilled practitioners then plan high quality activities to support and progress the children's learning and development. Teaching is based on children's individual interests, learning style and stage of development.
We focus on the seven areas of learning as outlined in the EYFS. They are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World, and
Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum is enhanced by Forest School delivered by Rita, a fully qualified Early Years Teacher and Level 3 Forest School Leader. In addition, we take regular trips to museums, farms and places of interest in and around Manchester.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play IS serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
(Fred Rogers, TV personality and educator)
To support your child to be happy and feel safe and secure during their time with us, all children attending nursery are assigned to a key group and a key person. There are three key groups at Flexi-Minder: The Very Hungry Caterpillars, The Gruffalos and The Rainbow Fish. Being a part of a smaller group will help your child to build up strong relationships with the other children and adults in their group. Your child’s key person is your first point of contact at Flexi-Minder. If you have any questions or concerns regarding their care or development please speak first to the key worker. Our staff work very closely with key children to ensure that they are happy at Flexi-Minder and receiving the best possible care. Your child’s key person will observe and assess their progress through the EYFS, carefully planning activities and play based opportunities to challenge and extend their learning. We record your child’s progress in a Learning Journey and you are able to have a look through it at any time. The learning Journeys are located on the shelves to the left after you enter Flexi-Minder through reception. If you can’t find them, please just ask.