It is not easy to describe a typical day as each day brings its own challenges and joys. When planning, staff build on what each child already knows in order to develop their curiosity and interest.
Activities include singing, yoga, music and movement, cookery and dance sessions.
The children enjoy outings around the Campus and further afield to, for example, the Castle Museum, Library and Banham Zoo.
UEA Nursery is involved in ‘Every Child a Talker' (ECAT), a national programme which focuses on strengthening children's early language development. Language development is at the heart of what a child learns at our Nursery.
A child's ability to develop language depends on being immersed in a rich environment of words, sounds, rhythm and verbal and non-verbal expression from birth.
ECAT is about helping us create a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment where children, from babies upwards can enjoy experimenting with and learning language, and improve their communication and social skills.
In November 2011 we were delighted to be the first recipients of the ‘Shine a Light 2011 Hello Campaign Award' run by The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment. This is the first national award scheme to focus on children and young people's communication.
Several of the Nursery staff are qualified to British Sign Language Level 1. We use BSL throughout the Nursery.
The Nursery is also involved in a sensory project run by Norfolk County Council. This will enable children with sensory impairment and/or additional needs and disabilities to:
- be supported in their learning through play
- experience inclusive play using the same equipment as other children
- extend their abilities to respond, initiate and interact with learning activities