A Sense of Identity
At Kids Academy we aim to ensure that every child feels accepted and has a strong sense of belonging whilst at Nursery as once this is achieved each child will feel comfortable enough to explore and investigate from a secure basis which forms the foundations for play and learning through play.
We work towards achieving this as soon as your child registers with us. Each child on registration is assigned their own coat peg that has either their name, photograph or both on it so each day when they arrive they have their own personal space within the nursery where their personal belongings can go. This soon becomes recognised as being their space and an area that is familiar to them within the setting.
In the rooms children are also part of routine boards and welcome boards. Here photos of themselves and friends are shown as well as on displays demonstrating their first hand experiences having fun, and hands on learning whilst embarking on activities and creative play throughout the nursery day. Photos of the children form the foundations for many of our displays and boards within the rooms to enable the parents to see the enjoyment that the children are having daily as well as sharing these experiences with them.
Exercises and activities such as these all support each child in settling into the nursery as they promote a sense of belonging this in turn results in each child being confident and feeling accepted and safe which builds upon confidence as a whole. Confidence then manifests itself into broadening a child’s horizons which then leads to children trying new activities, speaking in large and small groups as well as having and forming new relationships alongside many other new challenges, of which all of these are key and important skills that children need to acquire.