Banana Moon Early Learning & Development Programme
The Banana Moon, early learning and development programme, supports a child’s unique development journey by providing high-quality playful provision and a dedicated team of early years professionals.
The programme supports Banana Moon children, families, and early years professionals. Five principles wrap around the child to reflect the importance of a holistic approach to learning and development. The principles guide teaching and ensure all early years professionals can support individual children on their development journey.
The foundations for effective teaching are based on what early years professionals know and understand about how children learn and how they can guide that learning. We believe children learn best through play; therefore, all those working with children understand what that means, what it looks like and how it feels for a child attending the nursery. Children are encouraged to be active learners, and early years professionals allow children to build on what they know through various play-based opportunities.
Learning is situated in the joyful world of a child and not in a world dominated by adults. The magic of play and children’s natural fascinations is the starting point for planning teaching and the environment. The focus is to ensure that there are many opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to make good progress in all areas of learning.
A Banana Moon day nursery environment promotes exploration, curiosity, and excitement. The nursery reflects how early years professionals teach, meaning many open-ended, magical, inspiring, and motivating experiences and resources are available for all children.
The outdoor environment, whether this is a nursery garden or a local outdoor space used by the nursery, provides opportunities for children to explore the natural world around them. It also allows them to be physically active and enjoy learning in a different space.