Children move to the Yearlings Room during their second year (obviously depending on their stage of development). Children who have spent time in the Foals Room will be familiar with the Yearlings Room as they will have had the opportunity to visit and integrate with their peers to enable a smooth transition to the next stage of their journey at Rockinghorse.
Children who have not experienced life at nursery will be given the opportunity of a ‘settling-in’ period to get to know their Key Person and their peers in the Yearlings Room.
Rockinghorse recognise that the early years are critical in children’s development and aim to give them the opportunity to experience the very best possible start to their education. With this in mind we aim to provide continuous provision that enables each child to develop in the Prime and Specific areas of learning, using observations to plan and assess our activities with the children based on their individual development and needs.
Each Yearling has a designated Key Person who is assigned to take a special interest in them during their time at Rockinghorse. This special relationship enables staff to work in close partnership with parents/carers to recognise and develop the individuality of each child and acknowledge their interests and needs. The Key Person will make observation of children’s individual learning interests. These observations will be used to engage strategies and plans to support and enhance the progress and development of each individual child.