“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
At Little Oaks and Penn Cottage we have created nurseries where children will find warmth, comfort, and gentleness as well as an abundance of opportunities for movement, exploration, and self-discovery according to individual needs and interests.
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Imagine ... a happy, caring and secure environment where all children feel valued and can develop into confident, independent individuals.
- To create a setting in which children will find warmth, comfort, and gentleness as well as an abundance of opportunities for movement, exploration, and self-discovery according to individual needs, interests, and abilities.
- To assist each child to grow to his fullest potential by recognising each stage of development and fashioning an environment (i.e. curriculum, facilities, staff) designed to nurture and facilitate growth during each stage.
- To help children achieve independence, self-discipline, social competence, self-knowledge, enthusiasm for learning, positive attitudes, intellectual growth, and an organised approach to problem solving.
- To assist parents in understanding the developmental stage of their child, enabling them to contribute most effectively to the child's growth and enrichment.
- To foster children’s positive sense of self and self-esteem, by ensuring that their experiences, family background, interests, abilities and cultural heritage are positively celebrated and reflected across our service.
- We believe that a child’s early school experience must be one where play experiences are planned, purposeful and build on children’s interests and achievements.
- We believe that creating a nurturing learning environment is the best way to encourage a strong sense of self-accomplishment in young children.
- We believe children are best supported when parents and staff work together; working in close partnership with parents and other adults in a child’s life, we ensure that Little Oaks is a happy and nurturing place for all who are part of it.
- We believe children need to be respected in order to respect.
- We believe in lifelong learning. It is important to provide staff with training and development opportunities so they, in turn, can provide the children with effective learning experiences.
- We believe it is crucial to foster links with our local community, accessing local resources so the children develop a sense of connection and belonging.
We strive to actively uphold and promote the 42 articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) through our teaching and have achieved the Rights Respecting Setting Award from UNICEF. Some of the primary article we address are …
Article 3: All organisations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child.
Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
Article 13: Children have the right to get and to share information as long as the information is not damaging to them or to others.
Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.
Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
Article 16: Children have a right to privacy. The law should protect them from attacks against their way of life, their good name, their families and their homes.
Article 28: Children have a right to an education. Discipline in schools should respect children’s human dignity. Primary education should be free. Wealthy countries should help poorer countries achieve this.
Article 29: Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, and their own and other cultures.
Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.
Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.