How we Learn in the KEEP
Home from Home
The KEEP is a safe, nurturing and caring environment that gives the children a ‘home from home’. We did not merely want to give the children and their families another 15 hours of Nursery. We wanted to provide them with a range of developmental experiences that would reflect and reinforce the experiences they have at home with their friends and families.
While the staff work alongside Nursery and wider school staff very closely in weekly planning and assessment meetings, embedding academic next steps within the activities in the KEEP, there is a clear focus on the wider curriculum and the children’s communication and language and, personal, social and emotional development. We do this through a range of activities including team games, board games, outdoor play, baking, cooking, stories, music, dance, role play, dress up and art.
In the KEEP we learn in a very informal way and learning and development is embedded throughout the provision. We are having fun and building upon those essential skills that allow the children to be happy, confident and independent learners. We are very much about nurture, game playing, physical development, sensory play and team building. This will be developed through different activities and games and a lot of outdoor play. In the KEEP, physical development is a very important aspect of our daily routines. The benefits are linked to all areas of your child’s development, including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, which is supported through circle time activities as well as role play and using puppets. We focus on developing children’s communication and language, as they talk about what they are doing, seeing, touching and hearing. In the KEEP, we love singing and dancing and have a passion for books. We read together daily and share traditional tales and nursery rhymes. It is widely accepted that reading aloud is the single most important researched activity leading to language development and promotes early literacy skills such as the ability to listen, introduction to new language, rhyming words and offers new experiences. It is often observed children re-enacting stories they know in their role play.