Simply put, our ethos is Family First. Every child who walks through our doors is considered a part of the Little Aisha family and as such, our practitioners strive to provide a caring, nurturing, inclusive and most importantly, loving environment within which the children can learn and thrive. We understand that we are only a part of the children’s lives for a very finite window of time and we want that time to be remembered as one of happiness and fun. We work hard to build trusting and mutually respectful relationships with our children; we listen to them in order to understand them and this in turn enables us to teach them in a way that is meaningful and effective.
In keeping with our family oriented outlook, our children’s parents and wider families are an involved and valued part of nursery life and we maintain regular contact through online learning portals and regular conversations. We believe that the support of parents and carers is essential to children getting the most out of their nursery experience and we encourage parents and carers to ask questions, provide regular feedback and engage with their children’s learning at every opportunity.
Of course, we understand the importance of helping our children to learn and achieve academic success in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage; indeed, our practitioners are passionate about education and channel this passion into helping our children develop a lifelong love of learning. We communicate with the children to understand their interests and passions and use this information to inform the way we plan their activities and incorporate phonics and early maths in a way that is exciting, interesting and encourages academic thinking without applying unnecessary pressure. However, the mental and emotional well-being of our children is at the heart of all we do; we want our children to complete their time with us and emerge as happy, confident, contented and curious little people who are ready to take on the challenges of the world beyond our gates. This is why work to establish routine, encourage and reward good behaviour and prioritise open and loving communication. We want all of our children to develop a keen sese of self-awareness and encourage them to be confident in expressing themselves and making their needs known.
What is more important than family? Absolutely nothing, and at Little Aisha, we strive to ensure that every member of our nursery family is safe, secure and happy.