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Curriculum Intent

Communication, Nurture and kindness are attributes that run through the heart of Tenterfield Nursery and continue to be at the forefront of our curriculum intent.

All adults use a total communication approach in the Nursery so that all children are included and given the best opportunity to develop their communication skills and express their wants and needs. Whatever their ability or level of need, all children are listened to and adults find ways to communicate with them effectively. Children are taught to respect each other and how to be kind and caring towards each other so that everyone feels included and well-being is high.

The learning environment is organised to enable children to access irresistible, fascinating resources that reflect a broad and balanced curriculum. Through a thorough induction process they are given a solid platform to be independent learners in the environment and develop skills for lifelong learning. Regular visits to our forest school allow us to focus on the importance of nature; adults strive to capture and build upon ‘Awe and Wonder’ moments in the world.

Children are taught to be resilient and independent learners and are supported by interested, supportive adults who know each child’s individual needs. They look to foster ‘a can do’ attitude where children learn to keep trying if they don’t succeed at first, whatever their ability or level of development. All children are treated as individuals and adults build relationships with children and use their observations to understand and assess deveopment. They then use this information to respond either in the moment or plan individual special learning planned activities. Staff capture what motivates them as individuals and build upon those skills to introduce them to new concepts of learning.  Therefore learning is exciting, relevant, meaningful and irresistible.