Curriculum for Excellence at Loretto Nursery

Here at Loretto Nursery we follow the Curriculum for Excellence (CFE) placing focus on the value of learners’ experiences and how the role of the teacher or child care worker is so important in generating inspiring, challenging and motivating learning and teaching opportunities for the children in our care.

CURRICULUM – SCOTLAND

Childcare and Education (ages 0-3)

We strive for the highest standards in care and education for all of our children, whilst always taking into account their individual needs and unique qualities. Your child is at the centre of everything we do and we try our best to involve our children in their own learning, consulting them on what they would like to learn and helping them to take the next steps in their development at all stages.

In Scotland, the ‘Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s children and Families’ document is used as a tool to plan the care and education of children aged 0-3. Its aim is to ensure every child will have the ‘best start in life’ and that each individual is equipped to take on the many challenges they will face as they grow up and progress. There are four main principles which we aim to incorporate into our daily routines; these are the Rights of the Child, Respect, Relationships and Responsive Care. By ensuring we are responsive to the needs of every child, respect their rights and wishes and build positive, nurturing relationships with our families, we enable each child to reach their full potential and develop in a safe and caring environment.

In order to ensure we are as effective as possible at achieving these aims, we understand the vital importance of involving you in planning your child’s care and learning and the use of Personal Care Plans, which are reviewed regularly, help us to understand the changing needs of your child. It helps us to understand what is important to you and your family and plan experiences which will help your child become a unique individual and experience fun, active and stimulating activities which they can be truly engaged in. The use of treasure baskets and ‘heuristic play’ allows children to explore their own environments and find out new things all by themselves!

The key to success when planning your child’s progression is observing and assessing their current abilities and then planning their ‘next stop’ through meaningful and insightful observations and by organising active and stimulating play opportunities which help to challenge them in new ways. You will be kept informed of these observations on our Learning Journals, our online observations system which updates you as soon as your child has achieved something new!

If you would like more information on Pre-Birth to Three and how it is used in our nurseries, please feel free to ask any of our staff. You can also find more information below on the Education Scotland website, a great resource for learning more about these guidelines. There is also a parent and carer information booklet developed by Education Scotland called ‘Every Day’s a Learning Day’, (see link below) one for children aged 0-3 and one for children aged 3-6. This is a wonderful resource which can help all parents to include education opportunities in their daily lives and they are so simple to do.

Pre-Birth to Three National Guidelines

Pre-Birth to Three: Information for Parents and Carers

Every Day’s a Learning Day

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Childcare and Education (3-5)

We strive for the highest standards in care and education for all of our children, whilst always taking into account their individual needs and unique qualities. Your child is at the centre of everything we do and we try our best to involve our children in their own learning, consulting them on what they would like to learn and helping them to take the next steps in their development at all stages.

The Curriculum for Excellence builds on the solid foundation created by children’s experiences under the Pre-Birth to Three National Guidelines. The curriculum was written to ensure and promote a smooth transitions across a child’s education from the ages of 3 to 18. In our nurseries, we actively promote the use of the curriculum in our planning to ensure our children are well prepared for the next challenge of primary school. The Early Level Experiences and Outcomes are a key component in ensuring we cover a broad general education which will promote each child’s development and present them with challenge and enjoyment. Our nurseries emulate the principles within the Early Level of the curriculum by planning experiences which include:

  • Active, experiential learning
  • A holistic approach to learning
  • Smooth transitions and;
  • Most importantly, learning through play.

We believe that if a child is interested and engaged in their learning, they are more likely to retain this information and be able to use it in the future. By planning learning experiences which are fun, stimulating and build on children’s own interests, we provide a nursery experience which is meaningful, relevant and allows each child to be a successful learner. The most effective way of achieving this is by having experiences available which incorporate play and excitement to inspire your child and motivate them to learn. We celebrate children’s achievements and actively encourage praise and enjoyment in learning to ensure them become confident individuals, one of the four capacities aimed for in the curriculum. If children enjoy learning at the very early stages, they are more likely to develop a lifelong love for learning. This is something we are passionate about in our nurseries and we strive to achieve this with every individual by taking account of their unique learning styles and areas of interest.

In addition to this, we believe that children should learn to take responsibility for their own learning and environment and we actively encourage each child to be a responsible citizen and understanding the important of caring for others. We observe and assess your child’s progress against the Early Level outcomes and this progress is tracked effectively in our Learning Journals online, where you can see what your child has achieved at the click of a mouse button! You can update yourself on your child’s development through the outcomes whenever you like and see the planned ‘next steps’ for your child’s development. This tool is a great way of everyone working together to help your child develop.

Below are some links which may be of interest to you. These go into more depth about the curriculum and its principles and can give a greater insight into how our nurseries plan for your child’s experiences. Additionally, there is a parent and carer information booklet developed by Education Scotland called ‘Every Day’s a Learning Day’, (see link below) one for children aged 0-3 and one for children aged 3-6. This is a wonderful resource which can help all parents to include education opportunities in their daily lives and they are so simple to do.

Curriculum for Excellence: Learning at the Early Level – Information for Parents and Carers

Every Day’s a Learning Day

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Other helpful links

National Care Standards: Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16 (2005)

Building the Curriculum: Parts 1-5 (2006-2011)

The Child at the Centre (2007)

Early Years Framework (2008)

Equally Well Review (2010)

Achieving our Potential (2008)

Pre-School to Primary Transitions (2010)