Central to the work of Mill Hill Nursery School is the creation of a caring and secure environment and the promotion of equality of opportunity. The staff aim to ensure that everyone feels respected and confident. All children should feel valued and able to fully participate in school life. We aim to create a supportive atmosphere in which children can be independent and challenged in their development; where families are welcomed as partners and relationships are firmly based on mutual respect and trust.
Realising the Vision
In order to realise the vision we treat children as unique and value their differences. Every child at Mill Hill has a voice- this can be expressed in many different ways; our staff are very skilled at listening, observing and tuning into this voice so that every child is able to express their thoughts, fascinations and interests. These ‘consultations’ form the basis of our curriculum in which children and staff work in partnership to explore, create and discover how exciting learning can be.
Our learning environments are key to the realisation of our vision. They are built around the children’s interests and fascinations and contain many open ended and unusual resources-often from the natural world to stimulate children’s thoughts, questions and imagination. The children at Mill Hill are encouraged to experiment, explore and discover for themselves- learning is about ‘having a go.’ We encourage children to explore possibilities- developing the understanding that learning can happen when we ‘make mistakes’ or take a different path.
The environment has been developed to promote high levels of well- being. It is warm and welcoming; reflecting many aspects of home life. The environment promotes high levels of involvement – motivating the children to become fully involved in a range of learning experiences.
Our Aspirations for the children who attend Mill Hill…
By the time our children leave us we hope they will have:
- A life- long enthusiasm for learning
- Confidence in themselves
- Respect for themselves and others
- A sense of awe and wonder
- A broad knowledge
- An ability to work and communicate with others
- An ability to think for themselves
- A ‘voice’
- The confidence to take risks- both physically and in their learning
- An ability to see themselves as part of a wider community-embracing differences
- A ‘Growth ’- which promotes a belief that talents and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence, learning from ‘mistakes’ and challenging oneself.