Nursery and Language Centre Curriculum
Nursery COIN (Communication & Interaction) Centre
Bees’ class is a Communication and Interaction Centre (COIN) which caters for 7 children of nursery age who have significant speech, language and/or communication needs. The children attend the Centre every week day, 9am - noon, for the academic year prior to starting Reception. Allocation of places is decided by a professional panel which is held in the summer term.
Our Centre is led by a specialist Teacher and Speech and Language Teaching Assistant. They work closely with the in-house Speech and Language Therapist, who actively supports the Centre two mornings per week. The Centre has strong links with Stoughton’s mainstream Nursery.
The Centre provides early intervention to develop the children’s speech, language and communication skills through structured, individual and small group activities. Each morning, ‘Bees’ join the mainstream Nursery (’Ladybirds’) for a free-play session. Here they are welcomed to socialise with a larger group and explore assorted toys / activities indoors and outdoors. The children also have access to whole school facilities –
e.g. the school hall for P.E, a kitchen for cooking and the inspiring school grounds.
Bees classroom is located within the main school building. It is bright and airy and has designated areas to help support the development of skills as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. We follow a varied topic-based approach often inspired by the children’s interests and calendar events/ special occasions. We aim to make the children’s experience happy, active, fun and secure, whilst supporting each child’s individual needs, development and care.
Ladybird class is taught by Mrs Coles and Mrs Arnell, they are supported by Mrs Loveday, Miss Holt and Mrs Lampard.
The Nursery has an admission number of 45 children, with a maximum of 30 in each session. Children attend either 5 full days (30 hours) or 2.5 days (15hours). Children are admitted to Nursery in the September after their third birthday.
The Nursery has a large classroom with an extensive outside area. Early years practitioners have a key role to play in working with parents to support their young children. To start this link we visit each child at home and meet their parents in preparation for Nursery. We enjoy keeping in close communication with parents throughout the year.
The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and makes full use of the excellent facilities. Play underpins all development and learning for young children and meeting the individual needs of all children lies at the heart of the EYFS. Through observations and team planning linked to a themed topic we deliver a wide range of learning experiences to develop the children’s social skills, independence, self-esteem and understanding of the seven areas of the curriculum. We pride ourselves on providing a secure and stimulating environment to develop the children’s skills and prepare them for starting school.
Ladybird Class - Nursery