Our aims & principles

Brook Farm Nursery painting

We at Brook House Farm are guided by the following aims and principles, to care for and educate all children in our care.

  • To provide a broad, balanced range of experiences, which are designed to be of interest and value to the children - bearing in mind that young children learn best through play, first-hand experience and discussion.
  • To provide a caring and supportive environment.
  • To foster a feeling of mutual trust, enjoyment and fun.
  • To motivate the children, and encourage their interest, so as to ensure that all education is developmentally appropriate.
  • To recognise that each child develops at his or her individual pace, and must be stimulated by caring and informed adults, working in partnership with parents.

We work towards the set of principles included in The Early Years Foundation Stage, and monitor the children to ensure that all aspects of Physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth are encouraged. Parents are actively encouraged to participate in this, through discussion and home activities.

All play activities provide opportunities for numeracy, literacy, manipulative and creative skills in a flexible way, which ensures that the needs of the children always come first.

By encouraging the children in a 'fun' way, we aim to ensure that they are always self-motivated. If a child's interests are fostered, and their physical skills developed, they will, hopefully, have the means of self-expression and communication open to them.

The key areas of development we aim to encourage in the Foundation Stage are:

  • Personal, social and emotional skills
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Problem-solving, reasoning and numeracy
  • Physical development
  • Creative development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world

We aim to encourage children to be aware of the world around them, and to explore and question their environment. This awareness should provide a firm foundation for further technological learning.

To summarise, we aim to create a balance between stimulation and recreation, through a mix of structured group work, and purposeful play. We also aim to encourage confidence, good behaviour, respect for self and others, self-reliance and independence.

We believe that children are learning all the time, and that learning begins at birth. It is most important that everyone concerned in this learning process should form close relationships, in order to provide the security the child needs to be really happy with us.

Skilled and careful observation is used to provide experiences which will help children to benefit from nursery activities.

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Park Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1RQ