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Caring, sharing & learning together

Sharing, Caring and Learning Together


Children will spend the majority of their nursery session playing and actively learning through a variety of self-chosen activities. Toys and equipment are set up in a range of defined areas that are accessible for the children. Adults also enhance areas with special interest items and experiences. These are planned based on their knowledge of the children and current interests. Adults interact with and support the children in their play. At the end of the session we have a tidy up and a group time. This time gives an opportunity to reflect on the session, share new learning opportunities, stories or music together.

The possibilities in all types of play are endless. However, here are just a few examples of what your child may play and learn.

Construction play offers opportunities for developing physical skills and learning about shape, space and measure. It also allows great scope for children to be creative and try out new ideas. They may work together sharing, negotiating, problem solving and taking turns.

Water and sand play give a chance for children to develop co-operative play skills, sharing and taking turns with equipment. Children learn mathematical knowledge by experimenting with capacity, volume and weight. They begin to develop early scientific concepts such as motion, flow, floating and sinking as well as learning about the properties of behaviours of different materials. It offers lots of chances for language development as children talk through ideas, hear new vocabulary, predict and question what might happen.

Role Play offers opportunities for developing creative and imaginative skills. Children can learn how to see other people’s viewpoints and it can help to develop empathy and build relationships. Children will develop their language and literacy skills through talking with others, enacting stories, and engaging in purposeful mark making.

Creative play offers opportunities for children to develop freedom of expression. It’s good for fine motor control and hand eye coordination. Children investigate shapes, colours and positions helping their mathematical knowledge. Children can develop their attention and concentration as they persist and accomplish. It also helps with critical thinking skills. Children learn to make decisions and choices, try new ideas and approaches, adapt these as they work and evaluate what is happening.

Small world play allows children to express their thoughts and emotions. They can explore and communicate about the world in which they live. It helps children to broaden their knowledge about other places, societies and cultures too. Children can develop their social and language skills as they create narratives for their play together.