At Granny Smith’s we are passionate about improving outcomes for all our children. Evidence shows that children learn best through play, and, at Granny Smith's, we are both driven and inspired in the knowledge that:
Children are capable of constructing their own play.
Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others.
Children are communicators.
The environment is their third educator.
The practitioner’s role is to mentor and guide.
Using this knowledge, we carefully plan and provide learning experiences and opportunities that will further develop and enhance your children’s knowledge, skills and interests.
We work in full partnership with South Ayrshire Council to deliver the Scottish Governments' "Curriculum for Excellence" ensuring that all children have the opportunity to meet their developmental milestones before transitioning to P1.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Providing children with meaningful real life experiences helps ensure that our children have the best possible start to their journey through life, by allowing them to develop an understanding of the world around them.
Over the years we have fostered useful links with the local community, which allows us to provide visits to the library, the beach and Fullarton woods.
More recently we have begun to provide, in association with a local provider, Spanish language lessons for children in our playroom.
The Scottish Government has pledged to ensure “Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed” and that Scottish citizens should “live longer, healthier lives”.
Granny Smith's pride ourself in being a health promoting nursery, following Food Standards Scotland's “setting the table” guidelines to provide nutritious, balanced meals. We have a fabulous, highly motivated chef who cooks all meals and snacks using fresh ingredients on premises each day.
Please see the attached sample menus.
We believe that children should be enabled and informed to make healthier food choices for themselves.
In order for this to be successful the children need to have more awareness of the origin of their food.
We have recently been successful in accessing the Scottish Governments' "Food for Thought" fund, which we intend to use to build allotments in our garden. Our children will then develop invaluable real life skills growing, maintaining and sustaining the plants the grow in our allotment.
As part of our pledge to help develop the young workforce, we will work with the community and local businesses, particularly Buzzworks, where the children, using their produce, will gain invaluable skills for life.
We believe that the environment is the third educator, and with our fabulous, local natural outdoor environment, the children engage in many fun and educational outdoor experiences. The children take part in monthly beach days where they risk assess the environment for themselves, exploring the rocks and wildlife whilst getting very wet!!
Regular visits take place to the local Fullarton woods on the bus where the children can build dens, have campfires and climb trees. Also, as part of the Scottish Governments' desire for a healthier Scotland, the children also take part in the daily mile.
Outdoor play is a routine part of the day. The children have the opportunity to access our outdoor play daily regardless of the weather.
Children are asked to dress appropriately for all weathers. Our outdoor space is an extension of the playrooms where children are encouraged to construct their own play by using various loose parts and natural resources.
We are constantly building our children’s knowledge of the world around them.
We strive to continually build their awareness of their rights and the basic rights of all children around the world.
One way in which we do this is through fundraising for events like Children in Need, Sports Relief and Cash for Kids. This also gives our children the opportunity to engage in enterprising activities which also helps to further develop skills for journey through life.
This year we are building links with a local nursing home where we will take part in “pimp the zimmer” and other activities.
The children are learning about work ethic, our vegetable allotment is now complete and we will be linking with the local Buzzworks restaurant, Lido, where we will be providing them with our fresh produce.
Research shows that these intergenerational activities have invaluable benefits to both groups.
Over the years, we have had various visitors to the nursery, to build on children’s interests and needs.
We have had visits from the "zoolab" where children get to handle different creatures like snakes and lizards.
During springtime we also had some beautiful ducklings into visit.
We have also had regular sessions with "planet soccer" who provided some football coaching for all children.
This year the preschool children also took part in Spanish lessons with a local company.