Welcome

‘Karibu Sana’

Having been the Head of Early Years at Durham School for 26 years, it gives me immense pleasure as EYFS Director for Durham International Nursery, to welcome you into our Nairobi ‘home’.

As an Early Years educator I believe the number one priority is the well-being and happiness of the child. A key part of the Early Years Foundation Stage is realising that not all children grow and develop at the same pace or in the same way. There has to be some flexibility on the part of those providing the education. At Durham we are committed to delivering the EYFS in a creative and practical way.

Durham International Nursery is a new nursery school in Nairobi but is operated in partnership with the 600-year-old traditions and heritage of Durham School UK. Happy and confident children flourish at Durham School, the ‘Well-Being’ and ‘Creative Curriculum’ ensures that learning is fun! Durham International Nursery will also have this at the centre of their curriculum and it is my role as EYFS Director to work with the leadership team in Nairobi to deliver the ethos and quality of education Durham offers whilst taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings in Kenya.

Play and Learning go together …. play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. At Durham International Nursery children will be given the opportunities to enjoy their formative years through play-based activities both indoors and outdoors. At each stage of their education more structured activities will be introduced to ensure each child reaches their maximum potential.

Within our safe and nurturing environment, young children will become confident and independent thinkers. Durham International Nursery will be an exciting place to be; it will be a family school, building on a strong sense of community between pupils, parents and staff.

Ann Champion
EYFS Director

Educational Ethos

Using the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as a framework, but
drawing on a range of early years pedagogies, the School will deliver a
range of learning opportunities designed to be engaging, challenging,
motivating and fun for the children involved.

Durham International Nursery will deliver the EYFS in a creative and practical way, ensuring that its children’s first experience of school is positive and so lay the foundations for all subsequent learning.

Using a holistic approach to education, children will learn through stimulating and creative experiences both indoors and outdoors. Children will be taught the importance of values such as kindness, respect, responsibility and good manners and be given every encouragement to reach their potential and to develop their independence and confidence.

Educational Ethos

Using the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as a framework, but
drawing on a range of early years pedagogies, the School will deliver a
range of learning opportunities designed to be engaging, challenging,
motivating and fun for the children involved.

Durham International Nursery will deliver the EYFS in a creative and practical way, ensuring that its children’s first experience of school is positive and so lay the foundations for all subsequent learning.

Using a holistic approach to education, children will learn through stimulating and creative experiences both indoors and outdoors. Children will be taught the importance of values such as kindness, respect, responsibility and good manners and be given every encouragement to reach their potential and to develop their independence and confidence.

Educational Ethos

Using the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as a framework, but drawing on a range of early years pedagogies, the School will deliver a range of learning opportunities designed to be engaging, challenging, motivating and fun for the children involved.

Durham International Nursery will deliver the EYFS in a creative and practical way, ensuring that its children’s first experience of school is positive and so lay the foundations for all subsequent learning.

Using a holistic approach to education, children will learn through stimulating and creative experiences both indoors and outdoors. Children will be taught the importance of values such as kindness, respect, responsibility and good manners and be given every encouragement to reach their potential and to develop their independence and confidence.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children entering Durham International Nursery will start Foundation One in September after their third birthday. Teaching assistants will support the class teacher in the delivery of the curriculum and specialist teachers will deliver activities in Music and Swimming.

The pupils will have a dedicated play area featuring a range of activities, keeping them fully occupied at break times! The wonderful staff will provide a range of changing outdoor play activities and the learning environments will be a hive of activity providing the pupils with a range of multi-sensory activities. Display areas will celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas. Classrooms will have interactive whiteboards to support children’s learning; these offer ways to support and consolidate day-to-day skills and allow access to the world outside through websites. The children will get the opportunity to play outdoors and to eat their healthy lunch in a fantastic dining area.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children entering Durham International Nursery will start Foundation One in September after their third birthday. Teaching assistants will support the class teacher in the delivery of the curriculum and specialist teachers will deliver activities in Music and Swimming.

The pupils will have a dedicated play area featuring a range of activities, keeping them fully occupied at break times! The wonderful staff will provide a range of changing outdoor play activities and the learning environments will be a hive of activity providing the pupils with a range of multi-sensory activities. Display areas will celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas. Classrooms will have interactive whiteboards to support children’s learning; these offer ways to support and consolidate day-to-day skills and allow access to the world outside through websites. The children will get the opportunity to play outdoors and to eat their healthy lunch in a fantastic dining area.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children entering Durham International Nursery will start Foundation One in September after their third birthday. Teaching assistants will support the class teacher in the delivery of the curriculum and specialist teachers will deliver activities in Music and Swimming.

The pupils will have a dedicated play area featuring a range of activities, keeping them fully occupied at break times! The wonderful staff will provide a range of changing outdoor play activities and the learning environments will be a hive of activity providing the pupils with a range of multi-sensory activities. Display areas will celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas. Classrooms will have interactive whiteboards to support children’s learning; these offer ways to support and consolidate day-to-day skills and allow access to the world outside through websites. The children will get the opportunity to play outdoors and to eat their healthy lunch in a fantastic dining area.

Curriculum

Early Years in Durham International Nursery will be a wonderful experience filled with exciting learning opportunities and lots of fun! We will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which is broken down into 7 areas.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Staff will support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Curriculum

Early Years in Durham International Nursery will be a wonderful experience filled with exciting learning opportunities and lots of fun! We will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which is broken down into 7 areas.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Staff will support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Curriculum

Early Years in Durham International Nursery will be a wonderful experience filled with exciting learning opportunities and lots of fun! We will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which is broken down into 7 areas.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Staff will support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We will record each child’s level of development against the 7 areas of learning as Emerging, Expected, or Exceeding.Observations and assessment of each individual pupil will be ongoing, with the information gained being used to ensure the future planning reflects identified needs.

Our classrooms and continuous provision areas will be organised to allow children to explore and learn safely and securely.

At Durham International Nursery, we believe that children learn through play and this is part of the continuous work in the Foundation Stage. It is the natural way for children to learn and it is a vehicle that provides access to the curriculum and a useful approach to learning.

There are specific areas where the children can be active and creative. The philosophy in the Foundation Stage classes is based upon a child-centered approach. All teaching is to be developmentally appropriate with arrange of teaching styles used alongside our Durham School Learning Theory and M.A.R.K.

We will record each child’s level of development against the 7 areas of learning as Emerging, Expected, or Exceeding.Observations and assessment of each individual pupil will be ongoing, with the information gained being used to ensure the future planning reflects identified needs.

Our classrooms and continuous provision areas will be organised to allow children to explore and learn safely and securely.

At Durham International Nursery, we believe that children learn through play and this is part of the continuous work in the Foundation Stage. It is the natural way for children to learn and it is a vehicle that provides access to the curriculum and a useful approach to learning.

There are specific areas where the children can be active and creative. The philosophy in the Foundation Stage classes is based upon a child-centered approach. All teaching is to be developmentally appropriate with arrange of teaching styles used alongside our Durham School Learning Theory and M.A.R.K.

We will record each child’s level of development against the 7 areas of learning as Emerging, Expected, or Exceeding.Observations and assessment of each individual pupil will be ongoing, with the information gained being used to ensure the future planning reflects identified needs.

Our classrooms and continuous provision areas will be organised to allow children to explore and learn safely and securely.

At Durham International Nursery, we believe that children learn through play and this is part of the continuous work in the Foundation Stage. It is the natural way for children to learn and it is a vehicle that provides access to the curriculum and a useful approach to learning.

There are specific areas where the children can be active and creative. The philosophy in the Foundation Stage classes is based upon a child-centered approach. All teaching is to be developmentally appropriate with arrange of teaching styles used alongside our Durham School Learning Theory and M.A.R.K.

Principles of Learning

  • The outdoor area is seen as an extension of the classroom and opportunities will be available outside as well as inside.
  • Through all of our strands, we aim to develop children as they Play and Explore, be Active Learners and to have Creative and Critical Thinking.
  • The staff are constantly assessing the children in their everyday activities and play, whilst also assessing their more focused work. We will use observations of the children, photographs, the work that they do, feedback from parents and comments made by the children.
  • The planning each term and each week will be taken from the previous week’s findings, the interests of the children and the next steps.

Opportunities to enrich the curriculum are developed through trips and visitors. Parents will be invited into school to attend school productions. Children have great fun preparing for these through songs, actions, dance and some speaking parts.

Principles of Learning

  • The outdoor area is seen as an extension of the classroom and opportunities will be available outside as well as inside.
  • Through all of our strands, we aim to develop children as they Play and Explore, be Active Learners and to have Creative and Critical Thinking.
  • The staff are constantly assessing the children in their everyday activities and play, whilst also assessing their more focused work. We will use observations of the children, photographs, the work that they do, feedback from parents and comments made by the children.
  • The planning each term and each week will be taken from the previous week’s findings, the interests of the children and the next steps.

Opportunities to enrich the curriculum are developed through trips and visitors. Parents will be invited into school to attend school productions. Children have great fun preparing for these through songs, actions, dance and some speaking parts.

Principles of Learning

  • The outdoor area is seen as an extension of the classroom and opportunities will be available outside as well as inside.
  • Through all of our strands, we aim to develop children as they Play and Explore, be Active Learners and to have Creative and Critical Thinking.
  • The staff are constantly assessing the children in their everyday activities and play, whilst also assessing their more focused work. We will use observations of the children, photographs, the work that they do, feedback from parents and comments made by the children.
  • The planning each term and each week will be taken from the previous week’s findings, the interests of the children and the next steps.

Opportunities to enrich the curriculum are developed through trips and visitors. Parents will be invited into school to attend school productions. Children have great fun preparing for these through songs, actions, dance and some speaking parts.