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Growing Programmes

Our Growing Programmes have been carefully created to support your child throughout their early learning journey, preparing them with the confidence, skills and abilities to succeed at school and beyond.
Growing Mathematicians

Developing Confident Mathematicians

Mathematics is embedded in everything that we do and experience in our day-to-day lives. For young children sitting on the second chair, helping set the table, finding a matching sock, cutting toast in half, sitting in a circle, walking through a rectangular door are all examples of everyday practical mathematics. Growing Mathematicians supports children to understand the purpose and importance of mathematics in their life and promotes their confidence to succeed at school.

How Bright Horizons Grows Confident Mathematicians

The Bright Horizons Growing Mathematicians learning approach creates opportunities to help children develop an understanding of the mathematical concepts inherent in their everyday lives. Carefully planned learning environments support preschool children in developing their skills and abilities as mathematicians in action, whilst adult-guided activities help them to begin to recognise that what they are doing is mathematical.

Play and Learning at Home

In our nurseries look out for our play and learning at home ideas which will provide you with activity suggestions that you can do with your child at home to support their learning, so that together we can help your child to become a confident Mathematician.
You can also view our Play and Learning at Home Activities online, which will provide you with lots more exciting ideas and activities for you and your child to help support their magical mathematical journey.

Top Tips

• When children start to develop an interest in number they will start to point numbers out in the environment - support this interest by pointing out numbers that you see!
• Songs and rhymes are a great way for children to experience rhythm and rhyme and are also a great way to introduce mathematical language. 

Activities for you and your child to try at home

• Making sandwiches together is a fun way to develop mathematical language in context. Spread butter into the corners, along the sides, cut the square in half and make 2 rectangles, or cut in a diagonal from one corner to another corner and make 2 triangles. Counting the edges and corners helps to develop knowledge about the properties of shapes e.g. this square has 4 corners and 4 sides the same size.
• In the mornings encourage your child to sort their clothes and put them on the right way around - this supports children’s development for matching, sorting and making connections.
• When shopping ask your child questions such as ‘how many bananas shall we get?’ Shall we get a small or a large loaf of bread? This supports children’s understanding and use of mathematical language.
• When out and about with your child help them to spot numbers in the environment, for example, on front doors, car registration plates, clocks, telephones, road signs and lift buttons.


Growing Readers

Developing Confident Readers

Research shows that the earlier children have enjoyable experiences with books and reading, the earlier their language and literacy skills blossom. Our Growing Readers approach inspires a love of books and stories, and nurtures the desire to be a reader and a creator of stories. By spending time together enjoying books, unlocking doorways to enchanted worlds, having fun with language, and exploring the connections between written and spoken word through a playful approach to phonics, we help your child grow into a confident and lifelong reader.

How Bright Horizons Grows Confident Readers

Growing Readers brings together home and nursery life, providing parents with some of the theory behind developing children’s reading skills, and also providing handy Hints & Tips, recommended reading lists and suggested activities for parents and children to explore together. Our Growing Readers Quarterly recommends Books of Excellence and fun activities, to support you in helping your child to grow into a confident reader with a love of books and passion for reading.

Play and Learning at Home

In our nurseries look out for our play and learning at home ideas which will provide you with activity suggestions that you can do with your child at home to support their learning, so that together we can help your child to become a confident writer.
You can also download our brand-new Ready for School app, which will provide you with lots more exciting ideas and activities for you and your child to help support their magical writing journey.

Top Tips

• Regularly reading out loud with your child will help to develop their reading comprehension, vocabulary and decoding of words, encouraging them to read independently later on.
• Some lowercase letters can be easily confused and mnemonics (a creative technique that aids memory through imagination, association and location) are a fantastic aid to help your child remember letters and shapes. The letter ‘s’ is an excellent example:
o It begins the word ‘snake’
o It looks like a snake
o It represents a snake-like sound
o When writing, your hand makes a snake-like moment
• Choose books which are both bright with illustrations and include lots of rhymes. This will help your child understand and absorb sentence structure and the rhythms required for reading, but also sharpen their listening skills as they listen for different sounds.

Activities for you and your child at to try at home

Joining the local library is great way of growing a love of books and reading. Find a small cloth or PVC bag to use for library trips and create a library book basket or shelf at home. Use a small notebook to write together about the books. Talk about the title and the author as you write it down; this helps your child understand that books can be found by using the title or the author’s surname. Your library book notes can be referred to for recalling favourite books and sharing suggestions with friends and family.
Growing Writers

Developing Confident Writers

The journey to becoming a confident writer begins when a child experiments with creating different-shaped marks, be it making marks with a crayon, or simply moving a finger on a steamed up window or through spilt tomato sauce.
Enjoyable adult-guided activities such as threading, weaving, sewing and printing are essential for developing the co-ordination skills needed to hold and manipulate a pen to master the complex skills of handwriting.

How Bright Horizons Grows Confident Writers

Our Growing Writer’s approach supports the complex magical journey from making a mark, to emergent writing, to confident writer, laying the foundational skills that enable each child to flourish with the confidence and capability to succeed at school. More importantly, Growing Writers nourishes the inspiration and desire to write, exploring the connection between written and spoken word through play and communication.

Play and Learning at Home

In our nurseries look out for our play and learning at home ideas which will provide you with activity suggestions that you can do with your child at home to support their learning, so that together we can help your child to become a confident writer. You can view our Play and Learning at Home Activities online, which will provide you with lots more exciting ideas and activities for you and your child to help support their magical writing journey.

Top Tips

• Triangular shaped pencils and felt-tip pens are best for helping children’s early mark making and writing. The three sides naturally help small fingers assume an appropriate grip and make drawing a more comfortable experiences. These can be purchased in most good stationary and toy shops.
• Always sit beside your children when they are writing. This way, they will not see letter formation upside down or sideways.
• Writing down things that your child says will help them understand that what they say can be written down and understood by someone else.

Activities for you and your child at to try at home

• Finger painting, and writing in dry sand are good activities for developing motor skills and visual perception, helping your child to coordinate their hand movements and fine motor skills.
• Painting their names with water on pavements or bricks is a great activity for young children, helping to develop their gross motor skills and also define their movements as they see the concrete changing from light to dark. This activity is very simple – it only requires water, a bucket and a large brush.
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