Our Ethos of Learning


At Sandy Bears we are registered and regulated by Ofsted meaning we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework throughout all of our rooms and practice.  This is a set guideline of milestones within general age rages (for example 16-26 months) that allow key workers to monitor children's progress and development and to effectively plan to ensure your child's progression. However, at Sandy Bears we have the happiness of each child at the forefront of our minds and endeavour to make each day thrilling and exciting for every individual who attends. 

We steer ourselves away from school-based activities and think outside the box researching theories that make each day unique at Sandy Bears. Our setting looks different to many you may have seen before, we have many different real life and natural objects within all of our rooms creating a calming environment. Among other theories we adapt and use the Reggio Emilia approach through our environment, activities and resources. The approach is based on the ethos that your child is at the centre of their own learning and values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. The environment becomes a second educator to the child, by being imaginative and experimenting with the resources and environment around them your child can develop many areas of learning. 

The Reggio Emilia approach promotes the use of natural resources and natural surroundings. The natural area provides the children with the chance to explore with real life objects and develop an interest in the natural world. We have many different natural and real-life resources throughout our rooms in our different areas which create provocations for learning. 

At Sandy Bear’s we feel risky play is an important part of children’s development. We promote activities and resources throughout Bear Cub’s different areas with some risk to provide children with the opportunity to push boundaries and develop skills. With risk assessments and adult supervision, we ensure the children are able to take risks and experiment whilst staying safe. We provide age appropriate opportunities to risk take and extend this as the children develop their understanding and skills. Offering risky play opportunities allows the children to develop resilience and confidence in their problem-solving skills. It further enables them to learn about the world around them, whilst making informed decisions about their safety as they get older. Risky play supports children in testing their limits and exploring their boundaries whilst developing an understanding of risk and staying safe.

At Sandy Bears we want to nurture children who are curious to explore, to share and negotiate ideas. Our setting has strong ideas about how high quality resources and amazing staff can provide the most exceptional experience for all children. We want children to follow instructions and have a go with resilience and confidence, even when things are hard to figure out! We want to make children who are excited to learn and who see adults and teachers as people who will support and facilitate this learning. 

Our staff use the Early Years Foundation Stage to monitor individual children achievements and support their continued development. Experienced and skilled staff extend children's natural interest and mould these into high quality learning opportunities.

Sandy Bears recognise how important it is to support the whole family and to support parents to trust and be reassured that everything will develop exactly at the right time for each individual child.

“Children flourish when they have the time and space to explore their world without the constraints of too much”



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