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Named after the region of Italy from which this philosophy springs, the Reggio Emilia model is an innovative movement for excellence in childhood education based on the following principles:
This approach has, at its heart, a unique view of the child: each child is seen as beautiful, powerful, competent, creative, curious, and full of potential. The child is also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher. A lot of our activities take the form of projects where children have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, the teachers, and the community rather than on each child in isolation.
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We provide an individually planned curriculum for each child by following their interests; and we work with the LA Early Help department to support children with additional needs using an Individual Education Plan. Each child is assigned a key person who observes their development, fully documents their learning in the child’s learning diary and tracks their achievement termly. We share the results with parents and if we have any concerns we will support parents and children to engage with early help.
Parents are given written or verbal feedback at the end of the day, according to the needs of the child and parent.
Every child is welcomed as a unique individual. To enable us meet their needs all parents are required to attend a pre-admission meeting where we can start a dialogue of their expectations and what we can offer. We also give each child a home visit so that they can get to know their key person before they start nursery. We continue this partnership into the settling in period, and throughout the child’s nursery experience, where their key person responds to their needs with care and compassion.
Nutritious and healthy meals are cooked by a professional cook at Chumleigh for both sites, and all special dietary needs are catered for.
Breakfast is between 8am and 8:45am each morning, there is a hot meal for lunch and tea is served from 3:30-4pm. Fruit snacks are provided for the morning snack, water and milk is available throughout the day. Please see our Sample menu.
At 1st Place we deliver the standard EYFS Curriculum. We are also inspired by some of the ideas and ways of working in the Reggio Emilia Approach. We have a variety of toys and indoors and outdoors spaces to meet the needs of different age groups and allow all children explore their interests.
Please take a look at Sample Daily routine.
To add your child’s name to our waiting list, you need to complete our application form and pay a £5 administrative fee directly into our bank account. Please note, this £5 fee is non-refundable.
Once you have been offered a place, you will need to secure it by paying a deposit. This will be equivalent to two week’s fees, so if you are offered a full time place, this will be £515. The deposit is then held until your last day at 1st Place, when it will be returned to you with in 4 weeks, provided your account balance has been paid in full.
If you would like to apply for a place at Cambridge House, Chumleigh Gardens or Lorrimore Square please fill out the form below or contact us at Admissions@1stplace.uk.com
Explanation of prices
The 9am – 5pm rates are based upon our day rate of £51.50.
The monthly rate for a single day a week is calculated on a yearly 12 months pro rata basis.
£51.50pd X 52 weeks/12 months = £223.17.
This rate is then multiplied by the number of days a week the child attends the nursery.
A single extended hour costs £6.44. For parents that have extended hours in their regular contract, the extended hours are calculated on a yearly 12 months pro rata basis to determine the cost for the single extended hour each week for a month.
1 day = £6.44phX 52 weeks/12 months = £27.91. This rate is then multiplied by the number of extended hours a child is attending in a week.
Bank Name: Barclays Bank
Account Name: 1st Place Children and Parents Centre
Account No: 83142221
Account Sort Code 20-29-63
Please use your child’s full name as the reference