Editor's note: Building secure foundations

Rachel Stevens
Thursday, January 18, 2024

As children grow emotionally, they become more receptive to learning, and as they learn, they become better equipped to grow emotionally. It's a cycle of development that is interconnected, much like the holistic learning we offer.

At the heart of our Nurture Approach lies a simple understanding: humans are not just rational or emotional; physical or intellectual; thinkers or feelers. We are all of these aspects intertwined.

As children grow emotionally, they become more receptive to learning, and as they learn, they become better equipped to grow emotionally. It's a cycle of development that is interconnected, much like the holistic learning we offer.

The foundations for children's growth begins with secure attachments to the people they love and trust. Research tells us that these safe relationships are crucial before a child will be ready to engage with learning. Our approach places a strong emphasis on nurturing these vital relationships with families, with peers and with skilled educators.

We try to create the optimal conditions for children to thrive by recognising that emotional wellbeing and security are the cornerstones of learning and development. In turn, the opportunities to learn and develop contribute significantly to a child's confidence, self-esteem, critical thinking, and emotional growth.

Young children typically use play to interact with the world around them, which is essential for healthy brain development. Play encourages creativity, imagination, cognitive and social skills, while also contributing to emotional wellbeing.

As children grow emotionally, they become more adept learners. As they learn, they become more resilient, confident and emotionally aware: more prepared for whatever the future brings. Throughout this supplement we want to shine a light on how the Bright Horizons Nurture Approach that we have embedded here at Hinxton Crocus Early Years Centre recognises, celebrates and builds on this. It's not just childcare that we provide here, our genuine focus is on supporting each child's experience of their childhood, building their individuality and confidence, and this informs and drives everything we do in nursery.

 



Rachel Stevens

Nursery Manager at Hinxton Crocus Early Years Centre

 

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