Our Nursery school has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and is fully inclusive providing a rich and stimulating learning environment for all children aged 2-4 years.
We are lucky to have extensive resources and are always looking for opportunities to develop further. The nursery has three shared classrooms, a multi-sensory room, a soft play room, as well as an outdoor learning environment, which incorporates a garden, mud kitchen, large sand pit and 'busy town' play area. There is certainly much for your little ones to enjoy! We also have a small room for speech and language work.
We are proud of our Nursery and what each and every one of our children achieve and we would like to share with you how we work and what you can expect when your child joins us.
The children are welcomed into three classes, each with mixed age and mixed ability – they are called Butterflies, Bumblebees and Ladybirds (two year olds each morning, 3-4 year olds each afternoon). All classes are fully inclusive. There will be up to 15 children in each of these classes with 4 members of staff. You can be confident that all of our staff:
We plan high quality learning experiences based on well planned play, as we believe this is the key way in which children learn with enjoyment. Following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, we foster their emotional, intellectual, moral, social, physical and cultural development; and strive to ensure that every child’s interests and needs are met, making progress appropriate to their developing abilities, irrespective of their gender, ethnic or social background, or special educational needs.
Each child has an online learning journal called 'Tapestry' which documents their learning experiences, and is shared regularly with you, providing a base for discussing their “next steps”. Ofsted recognises us as providing support and challenge taking We will tell you more about the EYFS and about your child’s learning during your time with us.
Starting at Nursery
Before your child starts with us we will be happy to show you around and talk about your child’s needs and what we can offer. We will visit you at home in order to get to know your child and will spend as much time as we can learning about them, completing an ‘All About Me’ booklet with you.
Children are allocated a morning or an afternoon placement. Your child can attend for three hours each day. We want to work in partnership with you to ensure that your child’s step into nursery is managed in the best way possible - and we want you to feel welcome too – please tell us at any time if you have any concerns, we will always listen and help if we can. We want every child to feel happy and confident with us, some children take longer to settle than others and we understand if you need to stay with your child for a little while. This is a very important step for your child and if it is handled sensitively it will give him/her greater confidence in other new situations.
Ofsted has recognised our robust induction procedures with this phrase:
We place value on every child being secure and having a special and close relationship with a member of staff who acts as a Key person. A child’s Key person will work closely with you so that together learning is supported and information is shared. We promote education as a partnership with parents.
Outings and Visits
From time to time children are taken out on outings to local places of interest, including The Forest Trail, Alice Holt and the local allotments and the curriculum is further enriched with visitors for example ‘Earth Song’ and a travelling farm.
What we offer
For more information on how you can apply for a place and what we can offer, please see these pages....