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The staff of Whitehead Nursery Unit aim to provide, in partnership with parents, a safe, secure and stimulating environment. The children’s physical, social and emotional needs will be met through play-based activities. Opportunities to stimulate interest and imagination will be provided and a positive attitude to learning will be fostered.

Overall Aims

Staff will:

  • Provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children feel happy and secure.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of children at all times.
  • Encourage positive attitudes towards themselves and others, fostering independence, self esteem and confidence.
  • Engage children in a range of appropriately planned activities to promote their emotional, social, creative and intellectual development.
  • Provide support and challenge for children, extending, developing and consolidating their learning.
  • Ensure regular opportunities for celebration of achievement.
  • Encourage parents’ active participation in their children’s learning.

Children will:

  • Gain self-confidence, self esteem and be willing to take risks.
  • Take increasing ownership of their learning, viewing it as a stimulating enjoyable experience.
  • Achieve their full potential regarding all aspects of development.
  • Develop problem solving and reasoning abilities and make connection to their learning.
  • Be able to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.
  • Embrace diversity through increasing awareness of similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • Explore, appreciate and respect the natural environment.
  • Establish and maintain good health and hygiene habits.