Bridlington Nursery School is the kind of school parents expect, educators celebrate and children adore.
Our unique curriculum celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners.
At the core of our approach is the conviction that children are innately talented and motivated investigators, capable – with thoughtful guidance – of sophisticated inquiry across a wide range of subjects.
Our goal is to cultivate the skills that are at the foundation of a life of happiness and success: cooperative and individual problem-solving, analytical thinking, emotional intelligence and empathy, cultural competence – as well as early literacy and math skills and real-world preparation.
Our emergent curriculum is play-based, but far more than "play." It is a series of expertly guided investigations that grow from the children's own interests, which immerse them in the process and joys of real discovery.
Research consistently supports that emergent curriculum in early education – emphasizing authentic experiences rather than a rigid curriculum – leads to greater levels of information and skills acquisition, increased self-esteem and, ultimately, higher achievement. We have found this approach allows children to consistently exceed the usual educational standards, and to simultaneously develop a robust self-awareness and a joy in learning that will serve them for a lifetime.
To achieve this, our curriculum is built around a series of enquiries or projects that grow out of the children's authentic interests. They are playful – combining the power of the children's boundless curiosity with an expertly guided investigative approach that immerses the children in the process and joys of real discovery.
Projects might last a few hours, a few days, or even a few months. At Bridlington Nursery School children have time to explore their interests, to pursue questions, create theories and extend knowledge. Project work allows children to play around with ideas in a concrete way that matches their developmental and intellectual abilities. Children come together in groups to work on projects, building collaborative problem-solving skills as they share ideas and knowledge.
Each group has a key teacher and often a Leader in Learning to support. Our teacher-to-child ratio allows for plenty of one-to-one engagement and thoughtful observation. Each member of the teaching staff has outstanding experience and advanced training, for example; HLTA, Degrees, Qualified Teacher Status, and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our practitioners spend significant time on research and development ensuring they are completely up to date and innovative.
Our approach to learning is grounded in a great respect for the child, and a dedication to research driven practice. Every decision holds us to the highest standard of creating the optimal conditions for children to learn. From the smallest details, such as ensuring a media-free centre and providing nutrient rich food to allowing children to connect with nature daily and ensuring hands-on learning, our practice is rooted in what we value as fundamental rights of children to the best education possible.
Our pedagogy is anchored on a strong understanding of child development and human potential. Some of our practice is based on familiar early childhood experiences, like digging in mud and singing songs, while other techniques are reflective of the great research tradition and brain science in our educational community, like mindfulness and thinking protocols.
By every measure, our approach looks and feels like play, but careful observation highlights the intentional integration of skills and inquiry that makes play the most fruitful opportunity for learning and growth.
At Bridlington Nursery School children are learning from interesting provocations, thoughtful questions and rich problem solving in the same way that artists, scientists, mathematicians, writers, and engineers learn in the world. As such each group takes the name of an occupation.
At the forefront of early education
We are very much at the forefront of early education. We have partnerships with Hull University, St. Johns University, York and Nord University, Norway. We are also a training location for student teachers and provide several training packages through Riding Forward Teaching School Alliance. We also regularly welcome educators from around the UK to observe and to share best practice.
We are guided by the following Principles;
Best of three worlds – Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Steiner and Montessori
As a school and a non-profit making organisation we have to always keep education at the heart of what we do. At Bridlington Nursery school this is what you can expect –
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