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Our Bright Stars Ethos
At Bright Stars we encourage loose parts play, and child led activities on a daily basis. Since opening we have been working towards having a nursery that has many different resources, many being of a natural kind and items that represent the real world. We encourage children to experience real situations ( such as supervised woodwork time, supervised brick building sessions, numerous trips out to see transportation, complete real money transactions when purchasing items in shops, and generally immersing themselves into the local community by visiting the local care home).
The environment and resources we provide are designed to empower creativity in our children. In play, loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. Loose parts can be natural or synthetic. In our nursery environment we provide an array of loose parts for use in play such as stones, stumps, sand, gravel, fabric, twigs, wood, pallets, balls, buckets, baskets, crates, boxes, logs, stones, flowers, rope, tyres, balls, shells and seedpods. Having "loose parts" available in an environment allows children to use these materials as they choose.
We often find that children would rather play with materials that they can use and adapt as they please, rather than expensive pieces of play equipment. Encouraging children to use resources as they choose can provide a wider range of opportunities than one that is purely adult led. Children playing with loose parts are using more creativity and imagination and developing more skill and competence than they would playing with most modern plastic toys. It takes a very open mind on our part, but when children cross play materials and areas in creative ways, it is our responsibility to support and encourage their work and ideas.
Loose Parts should –
* Have no defined use and practitioners should support the children when they decide to change the shape or use of them. * Be accessible physically and stored where they can be reached by children without having to ask the practitioners.
* Children should know that they can use them whenever and however they wish.
* Be regularly replenished changed and added to. ‘Loose parts’ theory is about remembering that the best play comes from things that allow children to play in many different ways and on many different levels.
* Environments that include ‘loose parts’ are infinitely more stimulating and engaging that static ones.
We are a great believer in outdoor play being integral to the children's learning and encourage it no matter what the weather, our outdoor area is secured and exstremely safe. It offers larges areas for the learners to play and explore with members of staff encouraging engagement with the weather, vegetables and gardening. The garden has areas for sensory play (water, sand and mud), relaxation (reading area), discovery (gardening), building an construction as well as general play.
Loose part play
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At Brightstars our aim is to create a calm, warm, friendly environment that is a home from home for our children. Our children are at the centre of everything we do. We strive to fill their minds and encourage our children to use their whole self to be the best that they can be. We work at our children’s pace allowing them to choose how they want to learn, while creating rhythms in their day with reassuring activities that allow our children to feel secure while knowing what is expected from their day.
Our parental involvement is high with us working alongside our families. We encourage an open door policy that allows us to build close professional relationships with our families; being respectful at all times of how are families work and develop. At Bright stars We teach our children to breath in while things happen and breath out while they think using an holistic approach to their day, in an environment that allows them to celebrate who they are. We respect all children and families diversity and aim to offer an inclusive approach by promoting their individuality.
In the moment play encourages our children to have meaningful play with real life experiences allowing our children to learn from the adults and peers; while we understand how a child’s schema works and how they're learning style is brought into their day . We set up provocations (these are inviting activities to encourage the children’s learning)with their learning styles in mind, letting them use their imaginations and inspire their play.
At Bright stars we work closely with the curiosity approach bringing their style of practice into all we do. The ethos is about using a child's natural curiosity to go back to basics with the use of wooden resources, ordinary household items and bric-a-brac. Curiosity is the desire to learn. It is an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. We aim to foster interest and enjoyment In learning motivating our children to think creatively and independently.
When joining the Bright stars team, we want the best person for the job who we can welcome to our family. We expect respect of all our staff at all times and in all situations, considering the well being of our team at all times. We work closely as a group allowing our staff to grow as they work, trusting in each other that we want the best for each other, and Bright stars. We recognise achievements and develop a positive, productive, partnerships that are valued and recognised by our children, staff and parents. We have a deep level of involvement with our team and aspire to spark your interest in your own personal development learning; inspiring your own learning journey as you join us. We endeavour to come together collaborating as we all have our part to play to make Brightstars a wonderful, happy place to be.
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