As a setting we undertake a working agreement to ensure high aspirations for our children, as well as our aspirations for ourselves as Practitioners. We take influences from new pedagogies such as the Curiosity Approach bringing back awe and wonder into childhood, as well as taking influences from established pedagogies such as Vygotsky’s scaffolding theory where our staff explain and model behaviours for learning. To the Reggio Emilia approach to learning which keeps the child at the centre and promotes independence and self-directed experiential learning, in relationship-driven environments.
In a society that is increasing in pace, we have identified a need to have a strong approach to supporting children’s emotional well being, At Chapel Hill we have chosen to offer children reduced screen time experiences, but focus more on outdoor physical learning and Literacy. We consider ourselves as having a low-tech high touch approach to learning, which means we have some opportunities for children to develop ITC skills, but we prioritise our hands on physical learning as well as early writing skills, making the most of our wonderful outdoor space. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage to support our curriculum, and encourage parents to share their at home learning using our free parentzone learning journal App, as well as offering ideas for at home learning. Parents may also find this document a useful tool for tracking learning at home.. www.foundationyears.org.uk/parent-guide.pdf
The Chapel Hill Child
We have high aspirations for all our children and in addition to supporting the Characteristics of Effective Learning, these are the agreed ambitions our staff hope for your child to achieve when supporting their learning and development at Chapel Hill.
Our commitment to the environment
As a setting we are committed to reducing waste, and do this by recycling our waste at every opportunity.
We have removed all non-essential single use plastic, and are committed to retiring our plastic toys at the end of their lives and replacing them with items made from more sustainable materials.
Where possible we will try to upcycle natural/recycled items, and celebrate that toys can be open ended and made of natural materials. This not only helps the environment but supports our vision of encouraging curious minds, and the wonder and imagination of our children.
We encourage families to use and contribute to our ‘Community Sharing Rail’ in order to recycle clothes and textiles which we hope will both save money for families but also reduce unnecessary landfill. The community rail houses donated seasonal children’s clothes/shoes/wellies/coats etc as well as books. It works on a take what you need, leave what you can basis. So please do check it out before you buy your next item, or when you are fed up of reading the same books! We have an adult book swap shelf too so feel free to take a look.