This week all our Nurseries have celebrated World Nursery Rhyme Week!
Nursery rhymes play such an important role in children’s early years. They are a fun way to learn!
Every year we celebrate World Nursery Rhyme week to promote the importance of rhymes in early years.
The nursery rhymes are different every year and this years rhymes include I’m a little teapot, Humpty Dumpty, A sailor went to sea, five currant buns and round and round the garden.
When we sing nursery rhymes to children they develop:-
Language and Communication – by singing to children we gain their attention as singing is fun! Children can learn new words through repetitive verses and develop their listening and concentration skills
Maths – songs such as five currant buns promote counting both forwards and backwards.
Social Skills – songs tend to be sung in small groups, children join together to sing with their friends, which can include turn taking.
Imagination and Physical – fantasy rhymes that we can do actions to and act out encourage children’s imagination as well at physical skills.
The most important thing is that nursery rhymes are fun! As we remember from my previous blog, learning needs to be fun for children to develop and want to play.
Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3 – Wales Online
Learning through play is one of the main ways children learn and develop.
Other ways that young children learn include being with other people, being active, exploring and new experiences, talking to themselves, communication with others, meeting physical and mental challenges, being shown how to do new things, practicing and repeating skills. A huge part of this learning process is that the children are having fun!
Little Achievers Nurseries provide an ideal environment for children to experience all these methods of learning and most importantly in a safe, secure and fun environment.
Play should be spontaneous and self chosen by the child. It is through this that they can become fully engaged in an activity of their interest and that they enjoy!
Play is natural to children!
Environments within our Nurseries are purposely set up appropriately to the child’s age and development level within that room.
Every child is unique!
We understand this at Little Achievers and all children develop at their own pace! Knowing each individual child allows us to plan, and develop their learning, through play, to their own level.
“Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein
This half term I am focusing on the general environment in our Little Achievers Nurseries.
Why? Because the environment is an important tool in the learning of our children! As well as the staff playing an important role, so too does the environment.
Following the Reggio Emilia approach in our settings means that the environment is classed as the third teacher. It isn’t just the staff, children and parents that can learn from each other, the environment should provide the curiosity and wonder, to encourage the children to explore and learn from it. It should give opportunities for children to research and try and test their ideas.
Throughout the nursery year children are moving to rooms as they get older, so new children are constantly coming into new environments. In September, your previous Pre-School children have left for school, and a new group of children move into Pre-School, full of curiosity and ready to learn. However, an environment that challenged children previously, may not have as strong an impact now. This is why we must evaluate and review! All of the Key Person’s at Little Achievers Nurseries know their children and families and it is through this knowledge, we can plan to make changes and adaptations that will then benefit the children we care for. Space and resources are organised in a way that children can learn from and begin to express themselves.
“The environment should act as an aquarium which reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes and culture of the people who live in it. This is what we are working towards” Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of Reggio Emilia’s Educational Philosophy
Some of this weeks changes can be seen in our gallery. These are from our Little Achievers Urban Forest School setting.