Early years provision will be as much in focus as primary age education when The Elms Junior School and Nursery opens the doors for its latest ‘Warm Welcome Wednesday’ Open Morning on 11 May.
Starting at 9.30am, the Open Morning gives anyone who is thinking about their child’s educational future, whether they are 0 to 11 years old, the chance to see the school and nursery in every day action and chat to pupils and staff as well as taking a tour of the school’s facilities and its grounds.
Nursery age education has been in the headlines recently following a Save the Children report, titled ‘Lighting Up Young Brains’, which called for every nursery in the country to be led by a qualified early years teacher. It quoted neuroscience research showing how early language skills are intertwined with children’s brain development, with the period from three to five years crucial.
Reflecting its approach to learning and nurturing inquisitive young minds throughout the rest of the school, The Elms’ nursery and pre-school setting is led by a highly qualified early years teacher, supported by several nursery nurses with degrees in Early Childhood Studies, while as well as being in the care of specialist staff, The Elms nursery and pre-school children also benefit from French lessons, dance lessons and visits to the school library.
Mr Keith Morrow, Headmaster at The Elms, said: “Those of us working in schools know and understand the skill and quality of staff working with the very youngest children needs to at least equal the quality of staff teaching older pupils. In fact, there is an argument to say teaching older pupils requires greater knowledge of the subject being taught, whilst teaching younger pupils requires a greater understanding of pedagogy or how children learn.
“Most parents already appreciate the need to find a nursery or pre-school for their child that will stimulate language and have the right balance between structured adult-led sessions and ‘free play’ for children. It can be difficult for parents to find a suitable nursery capable of meeting their child’s needs as they grow and develop. Nurseries within a school setting often benefit from increased specialist staff and the availability of qualified early years teachers.”
Throughout the Elms youngsters are integrated into vibrant communities and develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to progress onto the next stage of their education well-equipped to embrace whatever opportunities and challenges, both inside the classroom and out, they may experience.
Situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in Long Eaton, The Elms is the junior school and nursery to Trent College, which are both flourishing, forward-thinking schools that strive to prepare boys and girls for futures that lies in their imaginations.