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     Meet The Early Years Team!

We are an experienced team of Early Years Educators with a passion for children's learning and development.

          Welcome to Barwic Parade Early Years

where everybody matters

and every moment counts! 

 

                                                           Our Early Years Team

At Barwic Parade Early Years we put our children at the heart of everything we do. We believe that every child can do amazing things and it’s our job to help make this potential a reality. We are a dedicated,  highly skilled, and experienced team of Early Years  practitioners who are specifically  trained in early childhood development and passionate about providing a safe,  nurturing, enabling  learning environment in which our Nursery and Reception children can thrive. We aim to deliver an outstanding education and unlock doors to learning so that every child will be inspired and empowered throughout their Early Years learning journey and beyond. 

 

Our Setting

Our bespoke setting has purposely been  designed to offer our children calm, natural. and  open-ended  learning-through-play experiences.  Our classrooms have been specifically designed with neutral tones and minimal continuous provision  alongside natural, wooden, unstructured  loose parts which can be freely accessed and moved around without limits. Our provision is transformed on a daily basis  by our children's  fantastic imagination and creative thinking.   We encourage and motivate our children to take ownership and explore the environment through play and at their own pace, whilst remembering our three whole school rules of being ready, respectful and safe.   

 

Our spacious Early Years outdoor area is a spacious soft pore and grass area with plenty of room for our children to embrace the outdoors, all weathers. It is specifically used for big, heavy and awkward gross motor and large scale movement opportunities.  Here, children can be free range and are encouraged to move our loose resources around creatively. In doing so,  they are building up those important shoulder and core  muscles, whilst also exercising their pivotal joints (elbow and wrist) all vital preparation for being able to sit upright and begin their mark-making journeys. In addition the children are  increasing their resilience, taking risks and developing full body strength and coordination. 

 

All our children also get to explore our amazing bespoke on-site forest on a weekly basis, where they learn to respect living things and nature through first-hand experiences as well as investigating the ongoing changes in seasons;  being open to the elements and  in touch with all of their senses. 

 

Our Ethos

In Early Years we recognise the importance of children being given as much time as possible outdoors  and to learn through play.  We have extended dedicated magic time sessions every  morning and afternoon ensuring that they can engage and immerse themselves fully in their exploratory play. We enhance our provision and plan activities on offer in line with what we are learning about as well as children's own interests to ensure maximum levels of engagement, which lead to heightened levels of learning. Nursery and Reception staff work together to provide parity across the two year groups, whilst  ensuring progression in key skills and in all areas of development. 

 

Our team  take great pride in the authentic relationships we develop with our children. It is always a privilege to see the love and care that our children develop for one another; the respect they gain for  belongings, resources and the environment.   Our "whole individual child" ethos, our Early Childhood pedagogy and Early Years Foundation Stage outcomes are at the core of everything we do., underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an enabling environment which prepares our children  as confident, happy individual young citizens.  Our children thrive from the tailored support they are given and develop a love of learning in a nurturing, inspiring environment which develops their self-esteem, resilience, confidence and independence. .They enjoy the challenges that learning and striving for excellence bring, are inquisitive and courageous; confident to  ask questions and find answers to expand their own learning.

 

Parent Partnerships

Our parents enjoy daily opportunities to talk to the team at drop off and pick up. Both classes have their own Facebook private groups on which we share daily photos and videos of what we have been up to,  as well as important advice, dates, tips and research behind our Early Years practice, We also use Marvellous Me online to communicate with parents privately,  as well as having planners as reading records to keep parents up to date with the children's phonic progress and Gold awards. 

 

Please enjoy  looking at our snapshot slideshows beneath and individual class pages to find out more! 

Nursery children in their learning through play :)

Welcome to Rainbow Class! (Reception) 

Celebrations!

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For May Day, we learned about the tradition of Maypole dancing. First we watched a video of children dancing around the maypole, then we had a go at joining in with a partner. Finally the children moved all our log circle safely away and we made our own "maypole" using our tree. Some children even managed to get the ribbons to plait! What a special occasion!

Partner dancing!

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The Maypole Tree!

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Making Easter Nests

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Living Eggs - discovering that our first chick had hatched!

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Handling our little chick family for the first time

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When Lola the tortoise came to visit!

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When the frogspawn arrived!

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In Outdoor Learning Week we had a special workshop in our forest, making hot chocolate on an open fire!

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We also made mud tree faces!

Making pancakes for Pancake Day

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First we talked about the tradition of eating pancakes, then we learned how to make them. We followed the instructions , made them together then chose our preferred toppings to squeeze on! The children had to remember everything from start to finish- they were amazing!

Our Globetrotter day took us to Ancient Egypt !

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After learning all about Tutankhamun, the children had a go at wrapping each other up as mummies. We then all worked together to transform Mason into a mummy!

All things sarcophagus!

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Teamwork to make our very own Valley of the Kings!

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We challenged the children to make a giant temple!

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We are learning Spanish!

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Book talk and 1:1 reading

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1:1 Reading

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Shadow drawing in the Autumn sunshine

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The boys decided to draw around each other next!

Large scale vertical painting at a height to encourage stretching up to support our shoulder muscles and problem-solving.

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