Jenniflowers Pre-School Nursery - Fun and Nurturing Early Years 
       Education and Care in Southfields, London

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What does a Rich Environment entail?

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Children need to explore, experiment, and learn basic knowledge through direct experience. Learning the benefits of risk assessing for themselves in their play and learning (eg: balancing on the wood structures in the garden). Childhood is a time when we learn firsthand about the physical world: the feel of water, the constant pull of gravity, the stink of rotten fruit, and the abrasive feel of concrete on a bare knee. We learn about LIFE.

Rich in PLAY
Play provides a way for children to integrate all their new experiences into their rapidly developing minds, bodies, emotions, and social skills. Brain research supports this idea, stressing that children learn best through an integrated approach combining physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth (Shore, 1997). They learn about the world around them THROUGH play. As they go to school quite early in the UK (in other countries children start formal school at ages 6/7 years), it is crucial that we not only prepare our children to be school ready academically, but socially and emotionally too.

The role of the teacher is critical in a child’s life. Children depend on teachers to be their role model, instructor, and nurturer of educational experiences. And more. Someone in this role has a huge responsibility to be an excellent role model, trustworthy and caring.

Rich with PEOPLE
Clearly children need lots of exposure to other people in their early childhood years. One of the greater weaknesses of Western society is that our children have less exposure to the diverse group of people living in the local village – baker, farmer, gardener, piano tuner, painter, etc. At Jenniflowers we aim to open up the world to those in our care, literally (eg: buying fruit snack from the local grocer), through beautifully illustrated books, various activities and role play. With this knowledge of how other people live, the different food they eat, the different clothes they wear etc., comes the understanding that it is okay to be different, and that difference is to be appreciated and celebrated.

SIGNIFICANT to children
Young children need to feel important. Children need to feel that what they do is meaningful to someone besides themselves. So, feeding the fish, planting, watering and helping fruit and vegetables grow, helping to tidy up and have small responsibilities bestowed on them (eg: going with the teacher to the local grocer to buy fruit for their friends), help with this.

A place children can call their OWN
A basic human need is the need to belong. Children need to feel they belong too. They need to be close to people they know, have familiar and comfortable objects, and be in a setting that has a personal history for them,so their artwork being displayed, and their photo being included in our visual photo daily diary we display in the settings everyday is important. The children have their 'own' areas too, where teachers don't go! The dens and tents and willow huts being some of these areas.
 'Wisdom begins in wonder' ~ Socrates

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