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About Us

OUR APPROACH AND COMMITMENT

Every Child in Sparkling Stars is given individual attention, care and love for a constructive and enjoyable learning process.

 

The Management

Members of the management team have qualifications in Childcare and Child Psychology  with over 25 years of experience in childcare. They take pride in educating and nurturing children by creating a ‘home from home’ environment. The management team is well aware of giving the child a suitable equivalent of parental care and love in the setting, and try its' utmost to satisfy parental expectations in the emotional, academic and psychological development of the child.

 

Our Approach and Commitment

Every child has a' twinkle' in his or her eyes for learning and gathering information. We aim to nurture and enhance their intrinsic capabilities and talents; or we may say, ‘SPARKLE’ their desire for constructive and enjoyable learning experiences.

Children will always be encouraged to give out their best by self-initiated and voluntary actions. They will also be stimulated to create in a non-competitive situation; working in close association with other children in a group atmosphere, yet guided individually by the nursery staff on a pre-planned programme to suit each child’s own pace. They either work alone or together, or in small groups, sharing their emotions, capabilities, and experiences to encompass a wider assimilation of progressive ideas.

 

SAFETY OF CHILDREN

This is of paramount importance. The main door with safety devices and a phone enters children brought by parents  to the setting after  an identification process. Children are handed over to parents or others nominated by them previously, only after careful scrutiny. We are very strict on this procedure.

 

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is based on the programmes specified by the government controlling bodies of Early Years Foundation Stage, ie,OFSTED and EYFS,  which has seven Learning Areas.

The three PRIME AREAS are, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development. and Communication and Language.

The four SPECIFIC AREAS are, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding  the World, and Expressive Art and Design.

  PRIME AREA 1 -COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

               Listening and attention

Children are allowed to listen attentively in various situations, including listening to stories and songs. They are encouraged to comment about them by asking questions with expressive actions using their hands and face movements. They listen to what others say and improve their communicative aptitudes and language mastery.

               Understanding

Children are encouraged to ask questions using 'how' and 'why' on the contents of the stories they listened to. This promotes  their language skills. All children are considered to take part in this exercise.

               Speaking

We allow children to speak freely and frequently to express their views and get to know the future, present and past tenses of verbs.

PRIME AREA 2- PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

               Moving and Handling

We give opportunities for children to gain control in movements to negotiate space; and handle equipment and tools effectively; even handling the pencil for writing properly.

               Health and Self-care

Our staff encourages children to talk about their own health, how good health can be maintained, and keep themselves safe. We give them information about the contents of a healthy diet. They are given directions on how to manage their personal hygiene and attend to their own personal needs effectively by themselves. This includes dressing-up and going to toilets.

PRIME AREA 3 - PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

               Self confidence and self awareness

Our staff allows children to select and try new activities alone or with others, discuss their ideas, and find different ways of doing them. This process allows children to gain self-awareness and be self-confident.

               Managing Feelings and Behaviour  

Children are allowed to discuss how themselves and others express their feelings. They begin to understand that some types of behaviour are unacceptable. The staff co-operates with children to decide on these issues. They are allowed to share their experiences with others and come to an understanding on how to behave on different situations.    

                Making Relationships

When playing in a group, children are encouraged to respect and care for others, and take turns with others willingly. They are given opportunities to make good relationships with aduts and children.

SPECIFIC AREA 1- LITERACY

                 Reading  

Children are allowed to read simple sentences ,and also understand them. They are encouraged to talk with  others and gain competencies in telling others what they have read.

                 Writing  

Our staff nurtures children to use their knowledge of phonetic sounds when writing words in simple sentences.  They are given the oportunity to read their sentences to others.

SPECIFIC AREA 2 - MATHEMATICS

                 Numbers

The nursery has a large array of number cards. Children are to use them when counting numbers from 1 to 20, and place them in correct order. When given a number, they are to give the next number or the one before it. We give them objects   so  that they find the correct number of objects when given a number. Using these objects they can add or subtract two single-digit numbers. They are  to count on or back from 1 to 20. Simple problems of doubling, sharing and  halving are given to them.

                 Shapes, Space and Measures

Children are given opportunities to solve problems on size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money by comparing quatities and objects. They explore, recognise  and describe the shapes of objects in everyday life and use mathematical language to name them ; such as rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, semi-circles, spheres, cubes and cones etc.    

SPECIFIC AREA 3 -UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

                People and Communities

Children are encouraged to talk about their present and past events in their own lives and learn of similar situations of other children.They learn about cultures and traditions of others which sometimes may be different to theirs;  and their ways of life, to embark on the process to live in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.

                The World      

Children will inquire and talk about their own environment in realtion to place,objects and living things. They gradually learn why environments are different  from each other and talk about these changes.

                 Technology

Children gradually recognise the products of technology in their own homes,their nursery setting, and in places they have been or visiting or seen in the T.V. They learn what these objects are used for. Children are given the opportunity to select     and use  some products of technology to suit their ages.  

SPECIFIC  AREA 4 - EXPRESSIVE ART AND DESIGN

                  Exploring and using Media and Materials

Children sing songs, make music, dance, and do experiments to change  them to suit their own and collective desires and tastes. They will explore and use a variety of materials,colours,designs and textures and forms and functions to create things, but with adult guided safety measures.

             

                   Being Imaginative

                                          

Emphasis is laid by our staff to encourage children to be creative. Ample opportunities are given to them by supplying varied materials and tools. They are free to develop their own ideas, own ways of handling materials, colours ,technology, design, art, music, role play and stories etc to create objects or other creations of their choice to express their feelings.  


 


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