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The Curiosity Approach arrives at ABC Day Nursery but what is it?

Posted 28th December, 2017

You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve opened a second-hand shop at ABC Lightmoor with bric-a-brac becoming pride-of-place.

The children can be found playing with ordinary household items such as curtain rings, photo frames and blankets.

Where are the toys? The bright plastic buckets?

It’s all about a new approach to playing and learning – The Curiosity Approach – and we’re the first setting in Shropshire to become accredited.

The Curiosity Approach is the the brainchild of two nursery owners in the Midlands, Lyndsay Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett.

The ethos is about using a child’s natural curiosity to go back to basics with the use of wooden resources, ordinary household items and bric-a-brac.

It’s been a great success at Lightmoor and really encouraged the children to use their imagination.

The children are now using china plates and teapots for their juice instead of plastic jugs.

Instead of string and beads, they are using nuts and bolts and have a tipi made out of some canes and hessian.

From a simple wooden kitchen roll holder and some various household items, which included curtain rings, the children created their own hoopla.

It is all based on the children’s imaginations so they make items into whatever they want them to be.

Nobody is telling them what the toys are and what they have to do.

Our staff undertook specialist training in Birmingham to learn more about the new approach and the team are now doing an accreditation in the approach.

The setting in Birmingham where The Curiosity Approach was founded uses lamps, wooden baskets, photo frames for the family area, tyres covered in fleece blankets and tubs of things which make a noise or can be used to build with.

Registration is a pile of stones with the children’s names on and they have to find their name and pop it in the basket. You can find out more about it here.

So it’s out with the big bright coloured plastic tubs of plastic toys and in with the homely items.

Some would say it is like taking a step back in time and it is in a way – back to basics but the children are already loving every minute of it.

Look out for The Curiosity Approach at our other nurseries too.