At Big Ben Kids, the well-being and development of every child is our main concern. Our childcare practitioners guide all children in a safe and trusted environment to achieve steps in their development.
Using the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework, the childcare practitioners see the current level of development and assist in taking the next step. With regard to this developmental approach, we have been inspired by the ideas of the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky.
“What a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow”.
By working together, paying a lot of attention to cooperative learning (Spencer Kagan), receiving the right (development-oriented) guidance and being in conversation, children are able to achieve things that are new.
The framework sets out seven areas of learning and development of which the three prime areas of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development are the most essential for healthy progress and future learning. These prime areas are developed by the daily routine with activities such as ‘circle time’ where we talk about the weather, the day of the week, colours or other interesting facts and reinforce these with visuals.
After school care
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the specific areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world; and expressing themselves through art and design. We offer many additional options such as music, language or arts related activities to encourage and expand young minds. A full overview of all the activities we offer at our childcare centres can be found on the Services page.
Children of primary school age develop best in a safe environment where they are given the space and are challenged to be able to do, experiment and make decisions for themselves. In this developmental phase children learn to take responsibility for themselves and for the environment, the group and their surroundings.
The cooperative way of learning enhances the children’s involvement and has a positive influence on their learning performance, personality development and social and emotional development.
Our full pedagogical policies for daycare and after school care are available on request. Please contact your preferred location for more information.
We would love to show you around our facilities, meet your family and talk about your wishes in person. Please choose a location on the contact page to get in touch with us!