Nursery Overview

The Learning Environment

The nursery aims to encourage the development of children through play, interaction, creativity, physical activity and a warm and nurturing environment. We recognise each child as an individual with a unique personality and set of likes and dislikes.

Our learning environment is light, spacious and generously resourced. There is a vibrant buzz to the rooms where children enjoy a large range of learning opportunities. Each room is flooded with natural light and opens directly onto the outdoor learning environment. With direct access to our outdoor learning area, we are delighted to be able to fulfil free flow play.

Free flow play has been recognised as an important factor in effective early years education. It is where each individual child makes free choices of what they want to do next. They can choose to play indoors or outdoors, role play, messy play or quiet play. Doors are open so that children can move freely from one environment to another. Children are able to choose independently therefore develop independence. Children can follow their own interests and therefore engage with activities more fully. Activities are open ended allowing for differentiation. Children develop skills of negotiating with others and can make and maintain chosen friendships. Adult input supports and extends the child in their chosen activity.

Children are cared for by an enthusiastic, skilled and experienced team of Early Years practitioners who, together, plan learning experiences to meet the individual needs of children. The nursery also offers outstanding nursery provision, wraparound care and holiday club. Furthermore it facilitates a smooth transition through to Kindergarten and onwards into the reception class.

Play and Learning Structure

Daily outdoor play is an important part of children’s learning. It offers many new learning experiences, and boosts mental and physical well-being and confidence. Free flow play adds further benefits giving children more space and freedom to explore the world around them, letting them make decisions and assess risk, while reducing the feeling of being rushed from one activity to another. Children all have different learning styles and needs, some prefer to play and learn outside, and it is our belief that children should be offered this opportunity wherever possible. In addition to our outdoor learning environment, children have access to the school woodland area with secret dens, log piles, leafy play and exploration.

Children are offered additional learning opportunities with weekly French and Music lessons, taken with specialist teachers.

Mealtimes and Dietary Requirements

Mealtimes are taken in the school dining room and are a relaxed and sociable occasion. Children sit in small groups with an adult who initiates conversation, encourages the children to help to serve and to try new things. Nutritionally balanced meals are prepared on site, with foods sourced from local suppliers. We accommodate specific dietary requirements whether medical, cultural, ethical, religious or personal preferences.