The Learning Experience, a private nursery and preschool, has moved into the neighbourhood on East End Road, East Finchley with an exciting approach to learning for babies and children aged three months to five years.
Open for enrolments, the East Finchley nursery is the first The Learning Experience (TLE) centre in the UK TLE’s mission — to make a positive difference in the lives of children, their families, and the communities they serve, delivers a signature curriculum developed with the whole child in mind. This methodology fosters an environment for children to advance intellectually, socially and cognitively — or as TLE defines it: Learn, Play and Grow.
The Learning Experience’s Founder and chief executive Officer, Richard Weissman said: ‘When TLE started in the US more than 40 years ago, our mindset was to create a childcare service that encouraged purposeful learning through discovery, play and hands-on activities focusing on the crucial stages of development that ignite a child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.’
This is achieved through the Learning Experience Academic Programme (L.E.A.P.); a proprietary and discovery-based curriculum that uses EYFS’s seven areas of learning and development to shape the educational programmes, giving each child the opportunity to move through specifically-designed learning modules at his or her own level of interest and ability.
With the guidance of experienced childcare professionals, the all-inclusive programme nurtures the areas of learning and development, including all prime areas of child development – personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language in addition to meeting EYFS’s specific areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive art and design.
Activities written into the curriculum help children learn to solve problems and attain knowledge at their own rate of development, through their own learning styles and are able to experience and expand upon their knowledge utilizing progressive and developmentally appropriate inventory that supports all areas of learning.
TLE Senior Vice President, Brad Wahl, shared: ‘The introduction of characters as well as a day of educational play has been a fantastic success in the US and has given children a confident start in life by introducing activities that will help their intellectual, social and mental development from a very young age.’
The US brand has made intentional efforts to relate to UK children, recruiting staff from the local area and providing learning materials that meet the requirements of the UK education curriculum.
East Finchley’s managing director, Fiona Smith said: ‘We want to make sure that our little learners feel at home as soon as they arrive. The high spec facilities and colourful interiors are nestled inside a landmark building in the local community and all staff have been recruited locally therefore offering a reassuring and familiar hub for children.’
Located in the restored listed site of the former Holy Trinity school, The Learning Experience continues a legacy of learning and philanthropy in East Finchley. Since 1847 the site of the former school has been part of the community as Pardes House Primary School, and former Bobath Centre.
The Learning Experience is a family run childcare franchise with more than 450 centres in the US.