Phone: 07825 241395 /  07486 457305 •  Email: childreylittleducks@gmail.com  

The Fletcher Pavilion, Childrey Village Playing Field • Childrey  Oxfordshire • OX12 9NT

Childrey Little Ducks is a registered charity no. 1157264

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The Curiosity Approach and What it is?

 

The staff at Little Ducks are passionate about helping the children to learn and grow, we do this by using the Curiosity Approach.

 

The Curiosity Approach in essence means that we have removed all of the plastic toys and replaced them with natural / real items that the Little Ducks can use to build their imaginations, inquisitiveness and curiosity.

We as staff have noticed the change in the children’s behaviour and the way they play individually as well as in groups. They also have developed the want to learn and are constantly asking questions.

 

“The Curiosity Approach is a modern day approach to Early Childhood. Taking parts from Reggi, Steiner, Te Whariki with a sprinkle of Monessori.

 

This is a Modern day approach that fits perfectly in the changing technological times. Bringing curiosity, awe and wonder into early childhood and creating “thinkers and doers” of the future.”

*Taken from the Curiosity Approach website.*

 



 

Activities 

 

We provide a variety of activities for the Little Ducks, all planned according to the age and stage of development that your child is at. We have a range of natural equipment for children of varying ages which is maintained and updated on a regular basis.

We provide activities that support the main learning areas;

 

  • Physical Development

  • Mathematical and logical thinking

  • Language and communication

  • Social and Emotional

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Creativity

 

We also regularly have Matt Fiddes Martial Arts in to teach the children self-defence every other week, do Yoga and Sticky Kids with the children too. Any activities that we do, like that of Martial arts and visits to Richmond are done on different days so that all of the children benefit and experience these. There is always free creativity out, whether that’s junk box modelling equipment, black and white boards or paper, scissors and pencils.

 

Visits and Outings 

 

We enjoy taking the children on regular outings to the park, around the village and to the shop. We also attend the Little Ducks Toddler Group for singing on the first Wednesday of the month, we also visit Ridgeway school once a week to play and use different equipment, also visiting the church too.

 

We have been building strong links with Richmond Village and we try to take a group of children from Little Ducks once a fortnight on the Richmond Village Minibus which is a great experience for the children.

Any out of the ordinary trips will require separate signed permission forms.

 

Key Person

 

Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for just a few children. Each child in the group has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group very much easier. In addition, the Key Person is in a position to tailor the group curriculum to the unique needs of each individual child. The Key Person works with parents through shared record-keeping to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.

 



 

Ridgeway C.E (C) Primary School

 

We have very close links with the Ridgeway School and all the children have the opportunity to visit weekly. By the time our children begin in the Reception Class, they will have met their teacher and be familiar with the school environment. Children who go on to different Primary Schools, benefit immensely from their time at Little Ducks and are familiar with daily routines and an introduction to a school setting, through a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum, based on how young children learn. 



 

A day at Little Ducks

 

9am – Open door and welcome the children

9.20am – Registration and group time

9.45am – Snack Time {we ask parents to donate snacks for sharing

10am – Focussed activities and exploration play

11.30am - Tidy up time

11.40am – Group Time

12pm – Say Goodbye to the morning children, other children wash hands and get ready for lunch.

12.15pm – Afternoon children arrive and Lunch begins

1pm – Afternoon registration and group time

1.20pm – Focussed activity and exploration play

2.40pm – Tidy up time

2.50pm – Group time

3.15pm – Say goodbye to the children.

 

Group times vary from story time to singing, dance to yoga and circle games. Focussed activities range from games to junk box modelling, fine and gross motor activities, as well as cooking, martial arts etc.