Outdoor play is central to early development. Exploring, risk taking, fine and gross motor skills development, and indeed the majority of cognitive development, is best learned outdoors. Children need spaces large enough to run, jump, shout, hide, explore freely, have free access to sand, mud, water, freedom to explore – and Claylands Nursery is unique in providing such a large, safe, natural learning environment. Indeed, over the years, research has proved time and again that we are doing all the right things. We will never have artificial grass! Or over- structured learning environments which benefit adults rather than children.
Here at Claylands we have an on-site cook who uses the Care Inspectorate Healthy Eating Document called “Setting the Table” (See Below)
Every Meal is nutritionally balanced for young children and follows their guidelines. It is cooked fresh on the premises every day and our meal times and snack times are social occasions where the children learn, not only the taste of good wholesome food, but also the value of sitting together and sharing conversation.
Finally because the food is prepared fresh on site each day the children serve themselves which is in itself a valuable skill and they can have seconds and even thirds because they love Isobels food so much.
Nursery Management has become a discipline in its own right, and our Claylands Nursery Manager is qualified not just to degree level, she has also gained the Post Degree Diploma in childhood practice from Glasgow University. She is one of only a very few people in Scotland to have already qualified at this level. You may be interested to see the contents of the course below.
Childhood Practice MEd/PgDip
This programme is designed for current and aspiring leaders and managers in childhood practice who have, or are willing, to undertake a practitioner qualification. It provides a practice-based examination of the theoretical approaches important to leadership and management within childhood practice.
Why this programme
- On successful completion of the programme you will meet the requirements of the Standard for Childhood Practice (Scottish Social Services Council, 2007).
- On successful completion of the diploma you will be given the opportunity to progress to masters and undertake the dissertation element.
- You will gain experience of relevant theoretical approaches which will develop an understanding of the leadership and management in childhood practice.
- The programme will also develop research, writing and professional skills which will enable practitioners to register with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at a manager level.
- You will review your own work experiences and use the findings to set your professional development targets within the programme.
You will take six core courses. Courses will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group project work.
- Childhood practice: building a professional learning community
- Contemporary perspectives on children and childhoods
- Leading improvements in childhood practice
- Practice placement A
- Practice placement B
- Practitioner enquiry and decision making.
Sending your child to nursery is one of the biggest steps you will have to make as a parent. It can be a very sensitive time, but nursery can have a positive and long-term impact on children’s capabilities, progress and social development.
A child’s brain develops more in the first five years than at any other stage of their life. During this time they develop emotions, speech, taste, touch, behaviour and so many more important skills that will shape the rest of their lives, so allowing them to have rich experiences will help to maximise their growth and learning.
A recent study commissioned by the Department of Education (June 2015) looked at how pre-school influences children and young people’s attainment. The study found that children who had attended a nursery and pre-school setting had a better overall attainment than children who did not, and that an early start for children in a high quality setting showed especially beneficial.
Choosing to send your child to nursery can play a big part in their childhood; it is a focused environment for children to flourish and grow to the best they possibly can. Children are able to make new friends of a similar age, develop relationships and social skills that will shape their growth when going forward. These skills will help when children go on to start school, out-of-school activity classes, university, etc., to help build them as confident individuals.
“Play is fundamental to human creativity and well-being.…the structure of values, beliefs and attitudes that we develop in the early years creates the strong and permanent roots that will underpin our whole lives,”
“The core characteristics of childhood are curiosity, playfulness, wonder and joy.” At Claylands Nursery we strive to create an environment which encourages and nurtures these characteristics.
A big welcome to our new blog page.
We will be posting both items relating to Claylands Nursery as well as the Nursery World in general.
We are looking forward to keeping you informed about the nursery and future plans and events.
Have a great day