We are not just day care. We are early years educators.
A curriculum is what we want children to learn during their time with us.
At First Friends, we strive to give children opportunities and experiences that will promote a love for learning that will last a lifetime.
Our skilled teams are dedicated to providing a personal approach to learning that supports each child’s unique needs, ensuring no child is left behind.
We use the Government's Early Years Foundation stage (available to download on this page) to guide our curriculum through the seven areas of learning and using our teams’ professional judgements and expertise, we are creating First Friends unique ‘Enhancement Branches’ that will build on the foundations given within Development matters.
Parents will receive regular feedback on progress and First Friends carry out a written progress check when a child is 2 years old. Examples of these progress checks are shown in the links below.
At First Friends Day Nurseries, we embrace the philosophy of valuing process over product, recognising that the journey of exploration holds more significance than the final outcome. In the world of early childhood creativity, ‘Process’ refers to the unique and personal way each child approaches and engages with art, focusing on the learning experience rather than conformation to predetermined result.
In our nurturing settings, children are not asked to create art that conforms to adult standards or predefined standards. Instead, we celebrate the joy of experimentation and self-expression, allowing each child to embark on their own artistic journey at their own pace.
Our approach encourages the development of essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence, as children learn to express themselves authentically.
In line with this ethos, we want parents to understand that we prioritise the child’s creative journey throughout the year, including special events. While children will not be obliged to create art specifically for occasions like birthdays, Christmas, or mothers/Father’s Day, we actively provide diverse opportunities for them to express themselves during these celebrations, but they have the choice to take part and you may not always receive a ‘gift’.
We do understand the sentimental value of these moments and we endeavour to capture their engagement in other meaningful ways such as photos, observations, or other child-led creations. These cherished keepsakes serve as a tangible reminder of your child’s unique expressions and the joyous moments they experienced during these celebrations at nursery.
By embracing the philosophy of valuing process over product, we aim to support a love for learning and creativity in every child, laying the foundation for a lifelong journey of self-discovery and innovation. First Friends nurseries is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive space where children can thrive and express themselves freely.
We teach Makaton as part of our curriculum. It is a language program that combines speech with signs and symbols. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to communicate and connect, and Makaton is here to make that happen!
We host regular Inspired Forest School sessions in all of our nurseries.
Forest School is an approach to education that makes use of the outdoor environment to learn.
We have a Movement & Mindfulness Programme in place which combines body movement with mindful awareness for improved physical health and mental balance.
In addition to our healthy and nutritious weekly menus, we offer cookery club and our recipes to use at home.