Our approach is based upon the belief that every child is born with the intrinsic desire to learn and explore. We believe in providing children with real first-hand experiences that inspire children and build on their existing knowledge. Our beautiful homely rooms are filled with resources that offer the children opportunities to experience discovery awe and wonder. Our skilled and experienced practitioners encourage the inquiring, expanding thoughts and imaginations of the children.
Throughout the day there is an excellent balance between child-initiated play and adult-led learning. At Little Rascals, we put huge emphasis on the importance of learning through play and allowing children to self-direct their learning. We aim to teach the children how to think instead of what to think.
Throughout their time at nursery, the children enjoy lots of additional activities which embellish their learning opportunities such as, Yoga, fun fitness, Baby sign, and music classes. Working with small ‘family groups’ of children allows staff to form excellent relationships and enables an individualised family-centred approach to our care thereby ensuring the best outcomes for all children.
By providing an enriched and stimulating environment filled with open-ended learning opportunities, we allow the children to learn and grow in skills necessary to become autonomous, confident individuals.
Outdoor play and experiences form an integral part of the nursery day. Many children today miss out on valuable childhood experiences due to the risk-adverse society that we live in. It goes without saying that children must be safeguarded, but too much protection can hinder development, depriving them of opportunities to discover and understand their world. Children must learn how to asses risk for themselves.
At Little Rascals we aim to encourage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences. We believe only in inappropriate clothing and not inappropriate weather. We have a nursery minibus which enables us to take the children on regular outings such as Twycross Zoo, Twin Lakes, White Post Farm, and many other great places. Local facilities are also well utilised with trips to local parks, Libraries, Swimming baths, and museums.
We were awarded a ‘Good’ rating in our latest Ofsted report in 2020.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills is a non-ministerial department of the UK government, reporting to Parliament. The body inspects schools and nurseries in order to provide a consistent rating based on the provision and quality of services. Good is next to Outstanding, the highest rating that can be awarded.
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Children are born with a natural desire to explore the world around them. At Little Rascals, we believe in providing children with natural, open-ended resources. When children play with such materials they are exposed to decision-making and problem-solving skills. Children can become innovators, designers, planners, explorers, artists, and collaborators as they build, sort, design, manipulate, arrange and stack in a variety of different ways.
“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences”