Nursery is all about preparing your child for the move to primary school.
Because these years are so formative in a child’s development, we decided to go the extra step and employ a fully qualified Early Years teacher at Monkey Puzzle West Norwood, to work alongside our existing child practitioners.
Our teacher, Sean will work with our preschool children (ages 2-5), focusing on teaching the children to have a growth mindset, as well as STEM learning and working on their gross motor development, which means the learning and development of all the children will be of an outstanding standard.
What is Growth Mindset?
Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students’ attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students recovered well from a challenge or mistake, while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behaviour of thousands of children, Dr Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore, they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.
Teacher practice also has a huge impact on the mindsets of children, and the feedback that teachers give their students can either encourage a child to choose a challenge and increase achievement or look for an easy way out. For example, studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. When students have a growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them, therefore increasing their abilities and achievement. This is exactly what Sean will be working on with all the children in our Nursery.
Come and visit our Nursery
If you would like to come and see how we incorporate movement into our everyday activities please come and visit us.