The Nursery comprises five main rooms, an outside covered play area and gardens, providing full day care for over 80 children. Our children can also use various playrooms, term time only, within our Out of School scheme. They have access to our soft play room and sensory room with our pre-schoolers having access to the Craft Room, Adventure Playground and ICT suite. In addition to our full day-care, we also run Robins pre-school providing free child care for 3 hours per day, term time only.
Tiggers Baby room 3 months - 2 years
A baby will change more during their first two years than at any other time. Our babies are given the opportunity to develop physically, socially and emotionally, and during this time they will learn about the world around them mainly through their senses.
Our baby room is divided into three sections; an area for our less mobile/crawlers, an area for our walkers and is kept as homely as possible and a general area for use at lunchtime and for table based activities.
Pooh Bears Toddler room 2-3 year olds
Our toddlers participate in more free play activities which encourage confidence and interaction with peers. They will experience huge intellectual, social, and emotional changes that will help them to explore their new world and make sense of it. During this stage, our toddlers will be able to follow two or three phrase commands, sort objects by shape and colour, imitate the actions of adults and peers, and express a wide range of emotions.
This is usually the time when we will work to develop understanding about what is right and wrong through clear boundaries.
Owls & Kangas Pre-school rooms 3-5 year olds
At this stage the environment supports children's independent thinking and learning across the curriculum as independence skills are encouraged throughout the day. Our children are encouraged to develop independence, recognising their own needs. Activities provided build on children's current stage of learning and include ICT skills.
Owls & Kangas are spread across two large rooms but often freeflow between both and the garden giving them a chance to interacted and make lots of friends.
Robins Pre-school 3-5 year olds
The Preschool environment that is warm, nurturing and inviting and aims to meet the diverse needs of all the children and families within the community.
Robins pre-school runs during term time only, providing free early years education for between 15 and 22.5 hours per week.
A Typical Day At Nursery
07.45 - Breakfast time - children can choose from a variety of cereals, toast, yoghurt and fruit juice.
08.30 - A wide range of stimulating, curriculum-based play activities is provided
10.00 - Free-flow to the garden and key group activities, whilst curriculum-based play continues
11.30 - Lunch time
12.30 - Most younger children have a nap after lunch, whilst older children have a variety of curriculum-based activities in which they can participate.
15.00 - Snack time
16.00 - Free-flow to the garden, combined with curriculum-based play activities
17.30 - Fruit time, followed by story/rhyme time
18.00 - Free play
18.30 - Nursery closes
This is a general routine. Each room has its own routine which reflects the age group and includes using the Garden, the sensory room and soft play.
Your child's first week
We have a settling in procedure that normally consists of three days, although sometimes it is necessary for settling in to take a little longer.
09:30 - 11:00 - Provides the opportunity for parents/carers and children to form relationships with the staff and children and to see what sorts of activities their child will be doing. Parents are able to spend time in the Room observing how their child interacts with the other children and staff and can use the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. The Room Leader will run through the daily routine/planning systems and EYFS profile with and discuss any additional requirements/dietary needs/allergies the child may have.
09:30 - 11:00 - Parents/carers leave the Room once their child is confident enough, but remain within Gingerbread Corner. This gives the child the opportunity to explore their environment and build their confidence at their own rate, and to spend time interacting and playing with the other children and with staff. Should the child become distressed, staff will ask the parent/carer to return to the Room.
09.30 - 12:30. Once staff feel that the child has settled sufficiently and is happy, parents/carers normally may leave Gingerbread Corner, returning to collect their child after they have had their lunch, at 12.30 p.m. for Under 3s or 1 p.m. for pre- schoolers. Sometimes, it will be necessary however for parents/carers to remain within the building.
For more detailed information about our nursery including
Early Years Foundation Stage
Key person & Observations
Parental involvement & Parents' Evening