Following the publication of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) in May 2019, the updated Ofsted School and Early Years (EY) Inspection Handbooks came into effect from September 2019.
One of the key aims of the new EIF is to focus more on how settings are using their curriculums to enhance experiences and learning through the EYFS, as well as continuing to reduce the amount of unnecessary paperwork.
The revised approach includes the term ‘Cultural Capital’
Cultural capital in EYFS is about building children's early experiences.
What is Cultural Capital?
Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education and looks at how well leaders use the curriculum to enhance the experience and opportunities available to children, particularly the most disadvantaged.
How do we promote this in Nurture Nursery?
- We provide high quality education ensuring that all children are exposed to different experiences, cultures and communities within the curriculum.
- Children are encouraged to try new things
- Each child is recognised as unique and different, as such we carefully plan activities and provide a range of experiences for ALL our children, which they have not yet had, striving to ignite each individuals curiosity each and every day.
- We value the ‘cultural capital’ that everyone brings to the setting and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of all we meet.
- Our role is to build positive relationships with our families to help us recognise the experiences each child has already had and what we need to do to extend on this and build new experiences and opportunities that they may not have in their home lives. For example, if a child does not have a garden at home then it is really important for us to offer exciting activities in the outdoor area, regular visits to forest school, picnics, barbeques and activities such as flying a kite, den building, bug hunts and many more.
- We believe that as practitioners the best way to teach and ensure our children have the best opportunities to develop and flourish is to be their partners in play.
- We provide awe and wonder for children each and every day.