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Ethos and Pedagogy

Children's rights matter...


We respect and value childhood at our school and the pedagogy of the nursery is build on a passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. Children have the right to be and be collaborators in their learning. they have the right to be safe, to be accepted and to learn and develop at their own pace. 

We consider the UN Rights of the child in all we do and provide at Tremorfa Nursery School.


Wellbeing at the heart...

We strongly believe that without high levels of wellbeing, children cannot develop positive dispositions to learning and without positive dispositions to learning children can not effectively learn and develop. Wellbeing and personal and social development is at the heart of all we do. relationships at our school are genuine and families are valued. We consider ourselves not just child centred, but family centred. We offer mindfulness and mindful movement to children (and sometimes families) to support their wellbeing.


Inspiration from Scandinavian Countries and Reggio Emelia, Italy

Many of our nursery teachers and pedagogs have visited nursery settings in Denmark, Finland and Italy. We are inspired by the Scandinavian approach to learning, placing great emphasis on the outdoors and breaking down barriers to relationships building. We choose not have a school uniform so that children and families can have their own identity valued. We choose to use first names with out families so not to create any unnecessary barriers to positive relationships and we choose to be relaxed and approachable in how we communicate and how we present ourselves. 


Learning through the Arts

We highly value the arts and take much inspiration from the Reggio Emelia approach to learning. Children here are seen as artists and can express themselves through dance, drama, painting clay and so on.


Listening to children and families (pupil voice)


We take pride in involving the children and their families in the early education process. Children are listened to through daily observations and daily staff meetings to discuss children's interests and fascinations. Activities and rich learning experiences are planned according to the child's interests. These are enhanced through mini trips and enrichment activities. Parents are encourage to share home experiences with us through Twitter and simply though our open door policy. 


Learning Outdoors and Forest School

We offer 'free flow' learning where children can choose to learn outdoors or inside for most of the day. Three staff are Forest School trained and Forest School sessions are offered to every child. We also offer 'mini-trips' in the local area.


Family Engagement  

We consider ourselves truly family centred. As well as the regular weekly activities on offer for parents / carers and their little ones - even babies - we have a program of one-off events and workshops too. parents are asked periodically throughout the year what they would like to access in terms of courses and workshops and these are planned for together with staff. parents are also involved in planning the toddler and baby groups sessions. relationships with parents and families are strong and many parents have referred to our nursery school as being like a 'family'. 


The best way to find out more is to pop in and see us in action