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Indoor Learning

Ofsted Judged Our Provision As Outstanding 

The single level purpose built nursery has been carefully designed with 4  rooms for the different ages. Orchard Room is for the youngest children aged between 3 months to  2 years. It is a separate building adjoining the main nursery garden, it has its own  parking and entrance. In the main building is  Meadow Room  for children aged 2 years, Garden Room for the 3 year olds, Woodland Room for Preschool and children up to the age of 8 during the school holidays.

We will assess for readiness as each child moves through the different stages of development and growth following the EYFS Framework.  For children to have the best start in life they must have the right tools with which to learn. Each room has stimulating toys and equipment, each day is different and filled with learning, play and lots of fun.

When you child joins us they will be introduced to their key-worker in each room. Each day you will be informed about your childs day in the nursery. We will work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the daily routine for babies and children in our care accommodates the needs of the individual child and family, including meal times, snack times, rest, sleep, toileting and play.

Orchard Room      Children 3 months to 2 years  This purpose built separate room for our youngest children will provide a rich, stimulating and peaceful atmosphere filled with soft play, colourful displays, toys, mobiles, sensory equipment and a sleeping room.   Little ones will learn to crawl, walk, play, start to communicate and start to develop large and small motor skills. It is place where there are lots of cuddles and giggles where the  children feel very secure. Exciting imaginative activities that will stimulate your child’s  imagination, communication, physical development as they gradually learn to explore the world around them.

Meadow Room   Children 1 – 2 years                  Garden Room  Children  2 – 3 years     At this stage the children will start to refine their large and small motor skills, their emotional and social skills will develop with the formation of friendships.  They will use meaningful language to communicate and their concentration, curiosity of the world and independence will grow.  Activities are arranged on low shelving within easy reach, children at this stage like to learn by sitting on mats on the floor at a table or wherever they are naturally comfortable.  This is the room to experience free play , group stories, singing sessions, sand  and water play, building, puzzles, a role play  corner, messy play  are just a few of the activities your child will enjoy.

Woodland Room       Children aged 3 – 4 years, up to 8 years during school holidays.  The room will be divided up into particular areas of learning, such as a book corner, laptop table, maths, mark making, art & craft area, topic displays, cafe, small world play, etc which will help each child develop physically intellectually ,  emotionally , socially and with an awareness of different health issues. A wide range of planned activities are offered to challenge, stimulate and excite children to want to learn and discover about the world, as they flourish and become more confident and independent learners each day. These activities cover a broad spectrum that includes practical  skills, co-ordination, sensorial, literacy, maths,  I.C.T , science, history, geography, music, art, craft and  design, personal health and cultural.  There will be an emphasis on learning to love books, hearing stories , reading,  recognising and writing letters , counting , number recognition and practical maths skills. The children will be encouraged to look after their belongings, put on their own coats, tidy up for themselves, listen quietly at certain times and learn how to be resilient and resourceful in their learning.

The Sung -  This is a special warm cosy  upstairs classroom used by all the children. It is for small groups where focused learning can take place. It has soft carpets and cushions with sensory resources that the children love. We have a wide range of big story and information books, along with story boxes which we keep in this room.

Outdoor Learning

We believe passionately in the power of outdoor learning, taking the indoors, outdoors develops a positive attitude towards learning, making it fun, motivating and exciting. Healthy living is given a high priority, we aim for the children to get at least 3 hours daily exercise. Physical development supports brain development, cognitive skills and emotional well being.

Sometimes all the children are outside in the enclosed  garden, including the babies who may be in prams, baby walkers or playing in the cosy corners,  it is like one big family where everyone is having fun, socialising, learning, exploring and  playing  with a wide variety of resources. If activities are more differentiated such as forest school activities, gardening, learning ball skills, races or science investigations, children will use the gardens and grounds in smaller ability related groups.

We have spacious gardens, meadows, woodland, planting areas, an orchard and pets corner. In our nursery garden we have a large sand pit, woodchip area, road track and vehicles, wild area and log ring, climbing area, artificial grass, covered area, patio and creative area. All our children love being outside, whatever the weather. We may vary the time we are outside if the weather is too hot, cold or wet.

From time to time small farmyard animals and pets will visit the nursery, along with the resident pets the nursery has. The children will be encouraged to learn about these animals and how to care for them. They will collect eggs, watch ducks swim in water, put food out for the birds and learn how to groom a Shetland pony.

Regular outdoor sessions will

  • Build self confidence, self esteem, improve motivation and co-operation
  • Encourage responsibility, the management of risks and  independence
  • Improve language, communication, social skills and physical motor skills
  • Develop an understanding, appreciation and  connection with nature

Examples Of Outdoor Learning

Personal Social Emotional-  circle games, group discussions & activities, initiates play, aware of boundaries, expected behaviour, taking turns, confidence to try new activities

Language- listening, instructions, questioning, developing vocabulary and understanding

Physical- digging, travelling, climbing, cutting, weaving, using tools, negotiates spaces

Literacy- story telling using props, songs, rhymes, drama, sounds in nature, mark making

Maths- counting songs, shapes, patterns, sorting, estimations, weighing, capacity, position

Understanding The World- seasonal changes, animal, tree, bird identification, wild life conservation, planting, den construction, animal homes, pretend play, sensory activities

Creative- mud kitchen, weaving, making sounds, exploring colours, textures, using tools