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Welcome to Little Hoots


Our first week at Little Hoots

How we learn

Hello my name is Debbie Hanna and I am the teacher in Little Hoots Nursery. 

Children develop quickly during their early years. It is our aim at Little Hoots to do all we can to give the children the best possible start in life and prepare them for their upcoming transition to school.  We recognise that children learn best when they feel valued and secure in their environment.  

At this stage of their development play-based learning is key.  We provide a wide variety of resources and opportunities to encourage the holistic development of the children, paying particular attention to their communication skills; personal, social and emotional development; and their physical development.  We monitor the children's stages of learning and development using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  To find out more about how your children learn and develop in accordance with the EYFS, take a look at the attached '4children parents guide to the EYFS' booklet. It explains what to expect at different stages of development and provides ideas to support learning at home.

We are one team, working together, learning together and succeeding together.


In term 1 we strive to ensure  all of the children feel safe and secure at Little Hoots by enabling them to learn the class routines and expectations. We give them lots of time to become familiar with the staff (Myself, Mrs Hicks and Mrs Murrow) and the setting.  We want the children to feel happy and confident  to explore all areas of the nursery both indoors and outdoors.  During this term we pay particular attention to their personal, social and emotional skills, for example, by encouraging them to make new friendships and supporting them in being able to manage conflicts and negotiations independently.