About Us at Tannoch Tots Nursery
At Tannoch Tots Nursery we focus on heuristic and sensory play indoors with our babies within a warm and loving environment, following ‘Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families.’
As children grow, we follow the Curriculum for Excellence and ‘Building Ambition’ in providing planned activities and experiences that enrich and promote individual development.
We very much focus on a culture of ‘learning through play’ which allows children to learn through experimenting and experience as this is the way they learn best.
Outdoor learning is involved on a daily basis and children are encouraged to develop their own learning. Outdoor play is a very important part of your child’s learning and development.
At Tannoch Tots Nursery we have a large, attractive and stimulating outdoor area which provides opportunities for the children to express themselves freely and the staff ensure that the outdoor environment is reflective of the curriculum. The children love to find outdoor opportunities where they can have lots of fun within safe and secure play areas.
We provide outdoor suits for the children to ensure they have the opportunity to go outdoors in all-weather as we believe the children can enjoy themselves whatever the weather.
Please provide wellington boots for your child although we do have a small amount of spare wellies.
We are not permitted to take the children outdoors in sunny weather without a sun hat and sun cream. It is very important that you provide these items for your child.
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
We offer free settle sessions, individual care and development plans, online journals and personal daily diaries for our 0-2 departments. These are just some of the ways in which we go the extra mile for our families and children.
At Tannoch Tots Nursery, we use a catering service called Breadwinners. Breadwinners provide a varied and balanced menu and accommodate all allergies and dietary requirements. Breakfast and snack are included and made onsite.
Tannoch Tots Nursery provides extra curricular activities and experiences such as Mini Kickers. Children in the Jelly Tots and Happy Tots room take part in a football class once a week with Jamie the football coach which they thoroughly enjoy. The Tiny Tots (0-1) and Teddy Tots (1-2) take part in Music Makers and Shakers and Jelly Tots (2-3) participate in Music Movers and Groovers with Carly. The children have the opportunity to express themselves through music and movement and have great fun taking part in different dances. The 3-5 children also participate in a Spanish Class with Alison on a Wednesday Morning. The children love taking part in Spanish. They are always singing their favourite songs, reciting their numbers and learning new colours.
The children are involved in Eco Schools within the nursery setting. Eco-Schools are an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment. It is an environmental management tool, learning resource and recognised award scheme. By participating in the eco schools programme, we are encouraging our children to be involved in key issues such as global citizenship, environmental awareness, sustainability and a low carbon future. This helps the children become more involved in caring for the environment and becoming responsible citizens.
The children will be taking part in a range of different experiences provided linked to ten topics. These are:
- WASTE MINIMISATION
- BIO DIVERSITY
- HEALTH AND WELLBEING
- FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT
- SUSTAINING OUR WORLD.
The children will take part in experiences to develop our nursery school and children¹s knowledge in these areas. We are aiming to gain a range of different awards leading to our achievement of the green flag award.
THE CURRICULUM’S WE USE
Pre-Birth to Three
Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families
The national guidance and multimedia resource has been designed to support all staff working with young children. It also recognises and values the importance of parents as they understand their child better than anyone else. Parents and carers have the biggest influence on a child’s development, particularly in the early years. Staff and parents sharing information with each other is key to providing the best possible start for children.
There are four key principles that EFN staff work to, these are:
Rights of the Child
Children begin to find out about their rights from a very early age often through relationships and the way others treat them. How can you help your child?
- Children need to play and have a right to play. Even from birth, making time to play with your child means that they learn about their world, about people and about themselves
- Listen to your child’s views and preferences and involve them in making decisions
- Think about how your actions will impact on your child.
Even before your baby is born, they have formed a relationship with you. Good relationships are essential to your baby’s health and wellbeing. How can you help your child?
- Know that bonding begins before birth because your baby is already able to hear your voice and they find it reassuring and comforting
- Give your child lots of smiles, hugs, reassurance and love
- Although your baby might not seem to understand what you are saying, they may giggle and make noises so take time to chat to them.
When parents are responsive and affectionate, babies start to feel secure within themselves. How can you help your child?
- Enjoy your child’s company and show them that they are special
- Pay close attention to your child, so that you can be in tune with what they are telling you, for example, through their facial expressions
- By being responsive when your child cries, you are letting them know that they are loved and cared for and that will make them feel secure.
Children gain confidence and feel respected when they can see that their opinions shape and inform decisions that affect them. How can you help your child?
- Treat your child with respect and this will encourage them to have respect for others
- Children need to feel appreciated so let them know when you are happy about something they have done
- Try to give your child clear boundaries as they grow and develop to help them learn about self-control and how their actions may affect others.
CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE
In line with Curriculum for Excellence, we deliver a curriculum which is full of experiences and outcomes which we believe will enhance each one of our children’s learning. We implement curriculum for excellence through the use of planners which plan for progress in literacy, numeracy/mathematics, health and wellbeing as well as planning our topics with our children in a cross curricular way.
What is Curriculum for Excellence?
Curriculum for Excellence is designed to build on the best existing practices in Scottish education. It includes all of the experiences and opportunities planned for all children throughout their education to enable them to achieve in learning, life and work. Putting Curriculum for Excellence into practice is a continuing process. The curriculum is regularly reviewed and refreshed to ensure it remains relevant.
What are the purposes of education in Scotland?
The hope for all children and every young person is that they should become:
- confident individuals
- successful learners
- responsible citizens
- effective contributors to society and at work.
What do we mean by ‘Curriculum’?
The curriculum is all that is planned for children and young people throughout their education, including during their time at Tannoch Tots Nursery. Children start learning before birth and have already learned an immense amount before they commence nursery. The curriculum provides the support, structure and direction for children’s learning. Children learn at home, school and in the community. A wide range of adults, particularly parents, are directly involved in the education of children.
The 8 curriculum areas are:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Social Studies
- Religious and Moral Education
- Expressive Arts
PARTNERSHIP WITH NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL
Tannoch Tots Nursery are in Partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, offering 1140 funded hours. This is for eligible children aged 2-5 years old.