Happy, caring, stimulating
For us, the most important aim is that our children are happy. This is especially important as our youngest children are introduced to school life. Our Nursery children, aged from rising 3 to 4 years, feel safe and comfortable in their own bright building and garden and enjoy all the advantages of being part of a much larger school.
Praise and positive reinforcement are very important; good manners, kindness and being helpful are encouraged by stickers and certificates. We recognise that we are laying the foundations for lifelong learning; children are taught Music, French, PE and IT by specialist teachers and the team of full and part time Nursery staff are dedicated and caring.
Sessions are very flexible and children can attend a combination of mornings and afternoons sessions. Mornings are from 8.45am (early drop off from 8.00am if required) with collection at 12.30pm. The morning begins with an assembly when the day’s activities are discussed. The children work in a variety of ways including structured and child initiated play, stories, circle time and nature walks. Group work is the norm with each group of up to 8 children (of mixed ability) spending time in different learning areas with plenty of time for play.
All children stay for a home-cooked lunch which is taken in the school dining room with the rest of the Pre-Prep. Children can then either be collected at 12.30pm or stay for the afternoon session until 3.30pm. Particularly good for developing social skills, afternoon sessions offer further opportunities for child initiated play which may include dressing up, playing in the home corner, construction toys and art and craft activities. There is an after school creche, which is run from the Pre-Prep, and operates until 5.30pm.