This help centre article has been written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
Your Early Educator follows the Early Years Foundation Stage, the same government guidance around learning and development that nurseries, and crucially, reception classes in schools follow.
This means your child will seamlessly transition from one of our home nurseries to reception - and will be continuing many of the same strands of learning.
The development guidance your Early Educator is trained in and follows actually goes up to age 5 at the end of reception, so they are very familiar with what your child will be doing in reception.
The work they do is about building the foundations for that learning.
Koru Ethos and school readiness
At Koru Kids, we believe that school readiness is not about children being able to write their name perfectly or already knowing phonics - but brimming with confidence and perseverance as amazing foundations for learning.
If you are worried about your children being behind, take a step back. There’s still loads of time to learn the formal stuff and think about all the great softer skills they have gained around problem solving, comprehension and grit.
What we see as important is trying to instil a growth mindset - the ability for children to want to try new things, and go back and try again when they don’t get it right the first time. This will build deep self-esteem and confidence in their abilities and grit to progress and learn as well as emotional security with new adults, other children and new experiences
Children will spend a lot of time doing more formal learning - phonics, maths, writing etc - once they are in reception and we believe there is no need to pull that more formalised forward and do it sooner - even if children are capable of it. Remember they are learning every single day through play.
Instead, we believe instead our focus should be on getting them emotionally ready for a lifetime of learning that will propel them through all their school years.
It is these skills that will mean they are able to settle quickly into school and soak up the learning they get there like a sponge, enjoying every moment.
A lot of the things we focus on in a home nursery may seem disassociated from formal learning - e.g. clambering up logs and trees or making daisy chains - but are actually developing gross and fine motor skills that research has shown are absolutely critical in having the foundation to be able to pick up a pen and write.
Outdoor learning focuses a lot on problem-solving and critical thinking which, again, are foundational for the more ‘traditional learning’ as core transferable skills to any learning.
Our heavy focus on reading every day to children in a home nursery - for extended periods - will expose them to language, vocabulary and give them the foundational literacy skills for all the phonics learning, reading, spelling and comprehension they will need in school
We also make sure that your child is equipped with practical and social skills they will need for school
We will help them learn and gain confidence in dressing themselves - including quickly donning a coat to run out to play. An essential skill at school!
We will help them be self-sufficient in the toilet and able to take care of their own personal care needs.
We will help them interact well with new children and adults.
We will support them to learn to share and to negotiate with peers around games and play in ways that will help them make firm friendships.
When your child is leaving a home nursery to start school your Early Educator will prepare a report that they will (with your consent) send over to their new reception teacher.
This will help their class teacher to understand more about your child and their learning journey to date.
This will help them plan their next steps on the EYFS - just as your Early Educator will have been doing previously. The baton is successfully passed on.