Our curriculum is informed by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and incorporates all seven areas of learning:
- physical development
- communication and language
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
We have a holistic approach to our learning, supporting our children to gain as much from any one experience as possible.
Our unique curriculum
However, this is only part of what we do, as here at Explorers we have our own unique curriculum, which is child-centred; all of our experiences, no matter what age or ability, are led by our children. We are inclusive in all that we do and follow children’s interests responding skilfully ‘in-the-moment’ to support them in achieving their goals and meeting their next steps.
We have high expectations for all of our children and through careful planning of our environment and providing a range of exciting experiences, activities and opportunities, we support them in meeting these expectations.
Outdoor learning is a huge part of who we are and what we do; we feel children learn best in the open, natural playground of the great outdoors. We use our extensive outdoor garden spaces, forest areas, farm and surrounding land to their full potential, teaching our children about the world they live in, and supporting them to develop a respect for nature and all living creatures.
Developing core values
We aim to teach our children British values, modelling friendly behaviour and teaching them to show respect and kindness to everyone around them.
In play, we believe in allowing children to take risks, test their own ideas, develop the ability to cope with the ups and downs of life, solve problems and build resilience and strength.
Literacy and communication
All staff have a passion to close the word gap and support the development of confident communicators. By facilitating opportunities to model new language, we support children to acquire and build a breadth of vocabulary that not only reflects their experiences, but also helps them understand and interact with the world around them.
Each of our rooms chooses a book of the week and we also offer story bags for children to borrow and enjoy at home with their parents/carers. Our aim is to inspire a love of reading in our children from the very moment they join Explorers. The addition of Bumble Bees Library in 2021 has significantly strengthened this; you only need to see the look of wonder on the children’s faces as they climb the ladder to explore the honeycomb-shaped shelves full of inspiring books.
Unique enrichment opportunities
We also aim to offer a range of unique learning opportunities that are designed to enhance and enrich our provision. These include our Forest School sessions, Tots Adventures, swimming, Lingotots, horse-riding and many more.
Parent/carer partnership is very important to us. We aim to build strong relationships with all of our families, actively seeking feedback that we use to support our reflective practice.