Curiosity Approach Accreditation

We are really proud to announce we have achieved the accreditation. This has been a long journey which has been very eye opening in what we do and how we do it. It has really encouraged us to look at the children’s learning and interests bringing in resources not only to enhance their learning but to move them forward developing well rounded children. This helps them to move forward to their next stage of learning and we hope will support them in being fabulous members of our community.

Donna, our assessor said…….

Jackie and Kathryn and their staff have worked really hard to gain the accreditation. Firstly, I would like to thank them for their patience, and for providing me with lots of extra evidence and in answering my questions. They have been real stars.

There are a lot of things they can not change due to them being in a football club. They have worked with the setting to the best of their abilities.

They provide some wonderful  provocations to learn and fully understand The Curiosity Approach.

They provide lots of loose parts and authentic materials. 

I particularly like the apple trees they have grown in pots at the setting.  They are going to take them to a local orchard that has been set up near them. This is an area that they are going to use for forest schools.

One of my favourite sentences from their submission was “We have discovered that things do not have to be beautiful to be interesting “

I would like to wish them every success for the future”.

Making Easter nests.

When we do cooking, the children make their own food with help and guidance from the staff.

We scrunched up a shredded wheat biscuit. It’s really good as it looks like straw or twigs when squashed.

We added some melted dark chocolate. We worked for each shredded wheat biscuit we needed 17 dark chocolate ‘buttons’ to cover. We melted the chocolate in the microwave for around 20 seconds.

We stirred the mixture, making sure the chocolate covered all the shredded wheat.

The finished product smelt delicious and the children were eager to take their nests home.

Making Mud Pies

The children have a great time in the mud kitchen area. They add water to make the mud all sloppy, measure and spoon out what they need. They have lots of discussions about what they are doing and why, then they share their ‘food’ with their friends and staff.

Weighing out the ingredients.
The finished pie.

Making playdoh

We used a small IKEA bowl to add the ingredients together. We halved the mixture so had 1/4 cup of flour, 1/8 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, a tablespoon of oil and 1/4 cup of water. Mix together. Put in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.

The finished product.

Christmas cake making and more.

We had lots of fun smelling the ingredients, talking about where they come from and what they become. Lots of descriptive words were ysed and we mixed, stirred, beat and spooned. 

Ready to go in the oven.
The smell was glorious as the cakes cooked. 

The children were really eager to make their own individual cake. The cakes were vegan so that all our children would be able to make and eat them. They gave been wrapped in grease proof paper ready for icing in the next couple of weeks. Some will be on sale at the Christmas lights on the 30th November. Come down and say hello.

Painting and sticking.
Carrying on from last week’s drawing maps and roads we did a huge map with roads, mountains, rivers,people and animals. These children have no boundaries to their ideas and interests. 
Table set up and ready to explore.