How we learn

At The Learning Tree, our vision is that children will adopt a lifelong love of learning while being taught the importance of protecting our environment and the world in which we live. We achieve this by creating a stimulating educational environment in which babies and children are valued as unique individuals and develop confidence, resilience, creativity and independence.

The Learning Tree adopts a variety of inspiration from pioneer theorists, amalgamated to cascade a hybrid approach of Hygge, Curiosity, Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, while following the statutory guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS DfE 2021) in addition to Development Matters and Birth to Five (DfE 2021)  Each child is able to fulfil their potential through an abundance of infectious curiosity.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life

Every child deserves the best possible start in life. Research shows that a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right but good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation needed for children to fulfil their potential.

How we learn

At our nursery each child has a key person who:

  • Develops a strong bond with your little one, allowing them to play freely and confidently whilst feeling safe and self-assured.
  • Plans quality activities and learning experiences based on your child’s individual need.
  • Builds a strong, collaborative partnership with parents.
  • Support for transitions to school.
  • Records, tracks and celebrates your child’s progress with you through our online learning journals.

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The EYFS curriculum

There are seven areas of Learning and Development within EYFS. Whilst all are important and inter-connected, the framework splits learning into three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas’.

The Prime Areas are fundamental to igniting a child’s curiosity and building their capacity to learn. These are: Communication and Language; Physical Development; and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The Specific Areas strengthen and apply the Prime Areas. These are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Art and Design.

  • Communication and language

    Providing an environment where children grow their confidence and learn to express themselves in a variety of situations.

  • Physical development

    Helping children develop their co-ordination, control, and movement through active and interactive play. Children are also taught about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating.

  • Personal, social and emotional development

    Providing an environment where children grow their confidence and learn to express themselves in a variety of situations.

  • Literacy

    Encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials including books and poems to ignite their interest.

  • Mathematics

    Helping children with their counting skills, understanding numbers and simple addition and subtraction problems.

  • Understanding the world

    Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment.

  • Expressive Arts and Design

    Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, and for giving them the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.

Our hybrid approach to learning

Hygge is an approach to enable positive well-being and mental health through living in the moment. This approach is complemented by our learning environment which supports ‘in the moment planning’ to allow children to regulate their own learning through their own curiosity and interests.

The Curiosity Approach  offers calm and serene play spaces to enable a natural space without the disturbance of an overstimulating environment. We bring in here a collaboration with Montessori methods to allow children to learn at their own pace.

The Waldorf pedagogy concentrates on age specific developmental needs of the child in sequence with Development Matters (2021) and the will- orientation of physical development.

With Reggio Emilia we offer the opportunity for children to gain control of their learning while making relationships with their peers and interacting with material items, such as interest tables and a lending library with circular interest areas at dinner time to encourage communication.

The Learning Tree participates in the Eco-Schools programme, which instils in children a sense of responsibility and cultivates a sustainable mindset to make a difference and to spread such proactive behaviour amongst family and friends, ultimately passing it on to future generations.