At The Kensington Kindergarten we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, however, a number of our teachers are Montessori trained and we incorporate certain aspects of the Montessori method in our teaching.
As well as literacy and numeracy our morning sessions are made up of science, art, craft, and cooking. The children also have music, dance, and French classes that are taught by specialist teachers each week. These activities stimulate the children’s imagination and further their creative and physical abilities. Children are also taught practical life exercises that encourage independence.
In the afternoons, the children enjoy yoga, drama, street dance, Spanish, and sport (with Little Kickers). During the term we organise a variety of special events; visits from animal entertainers, the fire brigade, and our local policemen are among the favourites. We also have a party at the end of each term and a Christmas Concert at the end of the Autumn Term.
At The Kensington Kindergarten, every child is given as much individual attention as they need in order for them to realise their full potential.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of seven areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At The Kensington Kindergarten children are provided with a positive environment to learn and are given experiences and support that help them develop a positive sense of themselves and others, as well as good social skills and respect for each other.
Using the Jolly Phonics system, we encourage children to link sounds and letters, which helps them to begin reading and writing. They are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest and practice their newly-acquired skills.
Communication and Language
With the support of their teachers, children are encouraged to develop their communication and listening skills whilst also building on their reading and writing abilities.
Children are supported in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts - they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their developing understanding. They are constantly provided with opportunities to practice these skills and to gain confidence.
Understanding the World
In this area of learning and development, children are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of the world. Their learning is supported by offering opportunities for them to encounter creatures, people, plants, and objects in their natural environment and in real life situations – they will often undertake practical experiments, working with a range of materials.
With our wide range of equipment, children are given opportunities to be active and interactive and to gain skills in coordination, control, manipulation, and movement. Understanding the importance of physical activity and healthy choices in relation to food are both supported.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are provided with opportunities to explore their creativity through art, craft, music, movement, role play activities and IT. Creative play enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another, thereby enhancing their understanding.