With so many activities, no one day is the same. Learning through play is the basis of our teaching, with a focus on social, physical and communication skills. There are a wide range of activities each week including ball skills, gym, dance, music, French, forest school, swimming and topic-related opportunities, as well as time to play with other nursery friends.
Every morning begins at 8.30am with a warm welcome from nursery staff and a range of hands-on tasks. We register the children then have circle time where the forthcoming day’s events are explained. This is the chance for treasures to be shown and shared, and time is always given to the inevitable discussion which follows. We may then go into our muck and magic garden, head for the Olympic-style gymnasium, divide into groups for number, letters and sounds work or French with the highly experienced and qualified staff or even enjoy the delights of cookery. With so much activity, a mid-morning snack is well deserved. Water, milk or diluted fruit juices are on offer, along with fresh fruit and a healthy option snack. It’s then back to activities or free play outside in our child-orientated play area.
The morning activities culminate in a story and then all children prepare for lunch. A healthy lunch (prepared by our main prep school kitchen) is served and a member of staff sits with the children to ensure that good table manners ensue. Lunch consists of a hot meal followed by pudding and/or fruit and all produce is locally sourced as far as possible.
After a small rest on the beanbags or a play outside, it is back to activities. A going home story completes the day, with children ready for collection at 3.30pm. After a fun-packed day it’s time for bed and a good night’s sleep!
Nursery children have the option to attend our After School Club which runs from 3.30pm – 6pm. Children in the After School Club enjoy a light snack and refreshment, followed by a plethora of further activities, including arts and crafts, forest school, cookery and free play.
There are two sessions a week specifically for two year old children. The ‘Especially for Two’ sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 8.30am – 12 noon. Please contact Lally Holme should you require further information or are interested in booking your child in for either or both days.
Nursery and pre-prep are so delightful that one finds oneself thinking that teaching small children might make a rather agreeable career change.Good Schools Guide