Our philosophy

Our philosophy is based on one key principle – happy children are successful learners.  By providing a safe and stimulating environment children feel confident to explore and learn through new experiences.

Our well balanced curriculum combines the use of structure and routine with opportunities for free choice and exploration.  Whilst we recognise the importance of child led activities we acknowledge that children need a balance of structure and free choice to ensure that they experience all areas of learning, in particular, those areas they find more challenging.

Mount Carmel Kindergarten friendsTo facilitate this balance we have developed our own unique “carousel” method of teaching which enables children to learn in small groups and experience a broad range of learning opportunities in every session.  Groups of children carousel between the four distinct activity rooms, each focusing on particular area of learning.  Children spend 40 minutes in each room where they are free to choose between a range of child and teacher led activities.

We value parents as their children’s primary educators and we actively involve you in your child’s learning through online learning journals, parent consultations, weekly blogs and daily conversations.  This facilitates a continuum of learning through your child’s experiences both at home and at nursery.

Curriculum

The government have introduced a statutory framework for the early years foundation stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.  The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum.  These inform planning and teaching and promote learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Mount Carmel Kindergarten ReadingCommunication and language

This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

This involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy

This involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mount Carmel Kindergarten PaintingMathematics

This involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world

This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

This involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.