Welcome to the nursery!
In the nursery our approach to development and learning is a mixture of focused activities and child-centred, play-based learning. The value of quality play in early child development is well documented and we provide children with rich and meaningful play experiences through a responsive and flexible learning environment supported by caring and skilful interactions from the nursery practitioners. Children are encouraged to develop and learn through playing, exploring, being actively involved, risk taking, problem solving and thinking creatively. They are encouraged to be independent through accessing resources freely, making choices and taking responsibility for their own learning within the supportive environment. The value of this approach is evidenced in the overall progress children make from their initial starting points in all areas of development.
Saplings Pre-school group
The Pre-school children have had an exciting first term. This term we introduced the Saplings Pre-school group where children who will be starting school next September and who are developmentally ready for the challenge are given the opportunity to spend more focused time in the Reception classes alongside their friends in Reception. We are supporting the nursery children in developing their independent skills to support them in their transition to school next year.
The children have been exploring letters and sounds and have been experimenting with their letter formation.
The children were excited to use the maths resources in Maple class and this term we have been focusing on the number one. The nursery children have explored a range of mathematical activities and are starting to recognise the concept of one more and one less.
The physical development area in Apple class has been a big hit with the Saplings. The children have been independently accessing the balance bikes and using the large climbing equipment to support the development of their gross motor skills.
Playing with our friends in Reception
The children have loved having the opportunity to play with their friends in Reception. The children have been free flowing around the reception outside area and exploring the different classrooms and resources which has really helped them to further develop their independent skills.
The Saplings group have been showing a real interest in road safety. After a morning session in Apple class the Saplings came back to nursery to share what they had learnt with the younger children.
This term we have been lucky enough to have been offered the opportunity to take part in forest school. The children have loved exploring the outside areas and woodland. The children really enjoyed making mud pies in the mud kitchen and climbing trees.
Whole nursery trip exploring the outdoor environment
The nursery children have enjoyed some lovely opportunities for outdoor learning this term. The children have taken part in some large group games and physical activities using the large outdoor spaces.
Here the children are enjoying a group game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Then enjoying a well-deserved rest in the sunshine.
Below are our Nursery policies. Click on the title to go to the full policy.