At Newton park we follow 'in the moment' planning structure.
This we feel will ensure the setting is more child-led. We have completely re-structured our way of storing our equipment in order to ensure the children are given more free choice during play.
This we hope will give a more enabling environment and will allow the children to explore and investigate through their play.
This system will also bring our parents in to our planning structure, and allow them a more in-depth sight into their child’s nursery life.
The cycle of planning, observation and actual ‘next steps’, is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis.
We aim to have ‘focus children’ each week. This will give us more thorough observation and future planning for each individual child and not just as a group
We work in this way because...
“Young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – which the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).”
In addition, “Wow” moments are recorded for all children as and when they occur. These are fed into their individual learning journeys.
In addition children will still continue to participate in adult led activities during circle times, i.e. phonics, numeral recognition and literacy skills.
All children will remain to take part in WELCOM screening and be provided with the relevant activities throughout the terms.
Additional documentation of termly activities will continue to be shared in the parents/teachers scrap book which will include any adult-led activities, or events being shared or celebrated
During the day all members of staff within the setting capture children's achievements via the
baby days app on their tablets. These achievements are then assigned to the child’s individual file
within the app under their key person’s name. Members of staff regularly access their key
children’s learning records to monitor their progress and development.