Our vision for children’s learning and development
Our vision is a statement about what we want to achieve for children. Castle Kindergarten’s vision for children’s learning and development is best described by Rich, Casanova, Dixon, Drummond, Durant and Myer in their book ‘First hand experience – what matters to children’ written in 2005
What matters to children
What is in the world
Who is in the world
Touching and tasting the world
Knowing the world
Making sense of the world
Exploring how things work
Moving about in the world
Acting on the world and making a mark upon it
Being engaged with authentic purposes
Being with friends
Being in different kinds of places
Having a sense of big belonging
Making my own world map and my own moral map
Finding out what the world is made of
Being in the world of living things
Understanding how the world works
Finding out how to keep safe in the world
Our kindergarten environment provides lots of opportunities for children to explore, discover, wonder, imagine and create! You will find more detail about the kindergarten curriculum in our seperate section titled “Our Curriculum”
The staff teams are currently spending time together in staff meetings to agree together the important values that will underpin everything that happens in the kindergartens.
Our values will describe how we will behave with one another, how we will guide children to behave with those around them and how everyone will work towards Castle Kindergarten’s vision for children’s learning and development. It is very important that everyone in the team is involved in this process so that everyone understands and promotes our values.
From their first days at school, children are immersed in environments that support their development. Foremost is our commitment to providing a truly language rich environment. Across the kindergarten, activities that engage children in listening, talking and communicating to express their thoughts, questions, choices and feelings surround them.
We promote all areas of learning and development as outlined in England’s statutory Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. We do this through a planned and purposeful play based curriculum. At the heart of our approach we have created an environment where children can express themselves, explore and investigate. We offer a curriculum that is not only broad based, but considers the individual needs of each child, allowing each child to develop at their own pace and follow their own interests. In each room the experiences offered are approriate to children’s age and include both indoor and outdoor activities.
Our learning environments are pivotal to our whole approach to learning and teaching; they are flexible so that spaces can be adapted in response to children’s interests or lines of enquiry. Resources are easily accessible to children and are open-ended using largely natural or recycled materials so that children can create many different things in many ways.
A minimum of two sessions a week is required
|TIME||UNDER 2s||OVER 2s|
|Morning||7.30AM – 12.30PM||£25.00||£23.00|
|Afternoon||1.00PM – 6.00PM||£25.00||£23.00|
|Five Half Days||7.30AM-12.30PM or 1.00PM – 6.00PM||£125.00||£115.00|
|Full Day||7.30AM – 6PM||£39.00||£37.00|
|Full Week||7.30AM – 6.00PM|
|Late Fee||£6.00||£6.00||OVER 4s|
|Hourly rate after/before||Each hour up to 6.00PM||£6.00|
|Summer Holiday Club AM||£15.00|
|Summer Holiday Club PM||£15.00|
|Summer Holiday Club Day||£25.00|