Meeting Needs, Promoting Learning

We strive to provide our children with the nurture and security that they need in order to engage with learning effectively.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow developed a theory of the hierarchy of needs which underpins the way Tilehouse Street Pre-school and Nursery works.  Humans have needs which must be met before they can develop a strong sense of self and self-esteem.

We aim to ensure that our children’s basic needs – their physical needs, their need for security and their need to feel loved – are met completely, as we believe that children cannot become effective learners if these basic needs are not met.  We make sure that all our pre-schoolers feel safe and valued, so that they can then go on to tackle the challenges of the nursery year effectively.

The Nursery Room provides a calm more structured environment where our older children can develop their skills and knowledge further in readiness for school.  We encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop their natural sense of curiosity and wonder to explore and investigate the world around them.

As part of each session, the preschoolers and nursery children will spend some time mixing with each other, so that they can learn from each other and practise the social skills that are so important for getting along in life.

Secure children develop strong self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as strong sense of self and their own potential. We encourage all our children to celebrate their achievements, and to share their interests with their key worker and their peers.