The Nursery is made up of six main activity rooms: – The Playroom, The Wet Room (dining room), The Little Playroom and the Nature Craft Room, and upstairs we have the Pre-School Room, and the Pre-School Creative Room, plus separate children’s bathrooms. The children use the entire Nursery for different activities throughout the day.
At 9.00am we begin the Nursery day. The children split up into three groups;
- The Pippins ~ 3 Months to 2 years (ratio 1:3)
- The Pixies ~ 2 to 3 years (ratio 1:4)
- The Bramleys ~ 3 to 5 years (ratio 1:8)
With the assistance of the children, individual activities are planned for the day and for each room, with zones for different areas of learning, for example; construction, mark making, problem solving, book corner, role play, investigation/discovery, creative workshop, sand, water, messy substances, malleable, and small world, and cooking and gardening. Staff are on hand to facilitate the children’s learning by modelling new skills and extending their existing knowledge. We feel it is important for the children to move around the Nursery, rather than being confined to one room for the whole day, as this is consistent to home life and we feel this flexibility enables both children and staff to be happy, contented and productive.
This is a large, light and airy room; it has a homely cosy feel with a sofa for stories and cuddles. The room is carpeted and has a tiled floor area for wet or messy activities. There is a large selection of toys, resources and equipment for all ages and for all types of play and learning. We also have access to an enclosed outside play area directly from this room. In the afternoon this room is also used as our ‘Sleep room’ where we create a darkened quiet and peaceful room, away from the hustle and bustle of the main activity rooms. This enables our babies and young children to have an undisturbed sleep time. All children are settled down to sleep by a member of staff, who remains in the room at all times. We have a baby listening device and regular checks are made by staff to monitor sleep as well. All of the children have their own bed linen, which is laundered by the Nursery and kept in individual wallets.
This fully tiled room, which resembles a home kitchen. lends itself well to all types of play, especially the serious business of painting, gluing, sticking, colouring, junk modelling, cooking, sand and water play, anything that might be messy happens here! We also use this room for all our meals.
This lovely quiet, carpeted room is ideal for quieter activities such as story-time, imaginative role-play, puzzles and games. It is well equipped with a wide selection of equipment and resources, primarily for our Pixie group, to support development. This room leads out into the Nursery garden, sand pit and vegetable patch, where each year we enjoy growing vegetables from seed, tending to them, harvesting them and then eating them.
Our Nature Craft room is designed to inspire the children to explore all aspects of nature and the living world around them, using resources such as plants, leaves, flowers, seeds and minibeasts, each with their own diverse structures, smells and textures to help create learning opportunities.
Children, through their natural curiosity and strong desire to play drive their own learning and development, thus acquiring a real understanding and a direct connection with the wonder of nature and the environment. It gives them treasured memories, a sense of belonging and a respect for all life, along with an eagerness to return and experience more of the natural world.
This knowledge and compassion is incredibly important to the well-being of our planet and its people.
Situated on the first floor of the nursery, are the large, bright, well equipped and airy rooms of the Pre-school with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. It offers plenty of space for our Bramley children (3-5 yrs) to play and learn. Our Early Years teacher and qualified staff help facilitate planned and purposeful play in a variety of areas, including a role play corner, IT zone, Tinker table, mark making and creative area, and a comfy and cosy book corner.
Our Bramley group have fun learning to explore letters and sounds, shapes, space and measure, cooking and planting as well as developing their fine motor skills through drawing and writing. Our excellent resources and environment ensure that the children are given the best opportunities to continue to develop their readiness for school.