We have Nursery 1 which opened in February 2014 and is situated next door to our Nursery department which caters for children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. The provision is well equipped with a wide range of resources and toys and full access to the indoor and outdoor environments. Children will receive a play based approach to learning through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with valuable opportunities to develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence and social skills. Staff encourage children’s current interests and help them explore them further by helping them extend their play experiences. Research has shown that children who follow their own interests are more engaged and are able to take in more information and progress well within their development.
Through observations, interaction and engagement with children, staff are able to support children in following their specific interests, progressing steadily in their development and in meeting children’s needs to ensure they are happy and confident individuals. Children at Medlock enjoy interacting with children and adults, exploring their indoor and outdoor environment, making their own decisions and being part of a group. We provide children with varied stimulating and challenging activities both indoors and outdoors. Children are encouraged to access resources at their own choosing, to socialize and communicate with others while enjoying a wide variety of messy play, mark-making, physical activities, singing and dancing, stories, problem solving, exploring the natural environment and finding out how things work.