At Alpha Bears we follow the Statutory Framework called Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for welfare, care, learning and development for children from birth to five years. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
We incorporate the common principle of learning through the use of children’s interests and including these interests in highly imaginative activities for children to explore and play with. Learning through play is the most effective way children learn in early years. They are in control of their own pace of learning, which helps them understand the world around them in their own way, enabling them to develop socially and emotionally. Our staff become very imaginative when it comes to children’s activities, including organising messy activities that you may not do at home with them, enabling them to learn through touching, smelling, tasting, hearing and seeing. Children learn best when they are given appropriate responsibilities, allowing them to make decisions, choices and errors in a stimulating and exciting safe environment
Our partnership with parents is paramount as you are the children’s first and most important educators. We use Tapestry, the online learning journal for early years children, to provide parents with rich feedback about their children's time with us. Parents are able to have an insight into their children's' capabilities and be reassured they have sent their children to the right place when they see pictures and videos of them happy at nursery. Each child is assigned a staff member as their Key Person from their first settling in day. Alongside providing a strong and consistent positive relationship at the nursery for the child, they also build a relationship with the child's parent carers. This includes talking to parents regularly to ensure the needs of the child are being met appropriately and that records of development and progress are shared.