The Curiosity Approach

We are so proud to say that after 3 years of hard work, we are now a fully accredited Curiosity Approach setting!

 

Often we get asked about our ethos here at Bestwood Park Nursery and our answer is quite simple. The clue is in the name – to ignite a child’s natural curiosity to explore the world around them.

Instead of directing children, and telling them what to do, the curiosity approach is based on child-led learning. Therefore, children make their own choices, and figure things out for themselves which leads to enhanced confidence, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

Our nursery is very different from a traditional setting. In contrast to the bright colours and paintings you would usually see at a nursery, our setting is decorated in neutral tones. This creates a peaceful, tranquil environment which does not distract away from a child’s learning but instead places full focus on the various loose items which children can play with.

Our resources are easily accessible and are placed at eye-level. They are made from natural materials such as wood to encourage children to use their imagination when it comes to playing and exploring 

Instead of giving children a plastic toy that usually holds one purpose, natural toys give children full freedom to make up their own games. They are challenged to use all of their senses to discover how something feels, sounds, and how they can interact with it.

Not only does the Curiosity Approach bring lots of advantages to our children, but their our practitioners love it too. It is common for many nursery practitioners to become disheartened in their role and forget the reasons why they chose this job in the first place. One of the main reasons for becoming a nursery teacher is because of your genuine love of children.

 However, by being bogged down by paperwork and assessments, practitioners have less time to actually spend with children. Unfortunately, they are too busy marking pieces of work instead of being fully present in the moment. This means they are missing out on precious moments and might be overlooking some learning opportunities.

We believe that by following The Curiosity Approach, this has given our team the passion and time to engage and reconnect with the children. They are no longer rushed or worried about busy schedules, but can play with children and form stronger relationships