Bushy Leaze strives to deliver the best early years education and support to children and their families. Bushy Leaze's core aim is to develop and prepare young children, who predominanatly have additional barriers to learning, by equipping them and their families with skills, knowledge and attitude to succeed in their next steps, be confident in themselves and hold high aspirations for their futures. We believe all children should have access to high quality, personalised learning and support, no matter what their ability or need.
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 two shared classrooms and an outside space for 3 - 4 year olds; two 2 year old rooms which also share an outside space; and a room designed to meet the needs of some of our SEND placed children. We also benefit from a multi-sensory room and a soft play room, a small room for small group or one-to-one interventions and another for speech and language work. We have outdoor learning environments for all rooms, which incorporate gardens, mud kitchens and sand pits and a wide range of building and creative resources There is certainly much for your little ones to enjoy!
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. There is more information in the Parents' Section of the website.
The children are welcomed into five classes, one of which operates morning sessions only. They are called are called Ladybirds, Butterflies, Bumblebees, Dragonflies and Grasshoppers. Each area of the nursery provides all children with the environment, resources, staff and activities appropriate to their level of development and need. There will be up to 16 children in each of the main classes with up to 4 members of staff and up to 12 children can attend the morning sessions run in Grasshoppers. 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 good progress from their unique starting points, 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.
To find out more about how to get started on 'Tapestry', please look at the PDF. document at the bottom of this page and also take time to look at the presentation on the 'Parent Zone' Video Resource Centre.
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 are also able to offer 30 hour places where your child would attend both morning and afternoon sessions, plus our Lunch Club, which is £2.50 per 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. They regularly have the opportunity to make use of the forest trail and play area at the school next door, as well as do excursions to post letters, look at building works, i.e. the big cranes, visiting shops and taking part in events, such as the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
What we offer
For more information on how you can apply for a place and what we can offer, please see these pages....