Nursery & Kindergarten
In Nursery and Kindergarten, we focus on learning through play, developing relationships and acquiring social skills. Our Early Years staff are highly-qualified, well experienced, caring individuals who are passionate about inspiring children to love learning.
Our Nursery and Kindergarten are in two adjoining rooms, sometimes everyone is all together playing, at other times we split into Nursery and Kindergarten groups, so we can enjoy different activities. Children can join us from 2½ onwards, moving through to Kindergarten the year they turn 4. With the national Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as our framework, we focus on teaching, supporting and challenging each child within the seven key areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
For further details, please view the links below to our Parents' Guide and Curriculum Frameworks for Nursery and Kindergarten:
- Curriculum Framework Kindergarten
All of the children love playing in the playground outside the Nursery and Kindergarten rooms. This space is secure and monitored, but it looks out onto the front lawn so they can chat to the older children as they walk past, and feel part of the wider school. They also have their own little garden with a living willow den, raised beds for growing vegetables and a play kitchen where mud pies are always on the menu! All the Nursery and Kindergarten children regularly visit our Forest School, to help them to develop their fine and gross motor skills, and open their minds to the wonders of the natural world.
In Kindergarten, children are gently introduced to the routines they will encounter in the more structured environment of Reception so that they are well-prepared when the time comes to move up. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is taught through play, with the focus on enjoyment and fun.
We plan activities carefully and structure them so that they help children develop the full range of physical and intellectual attributes.
They start to learn Phonics and Ten Town to get them started on their literacy and numeracy journeys. We organise each term’s learning around a different topic, linking a wide range of activities and providing a thematic focus. Using inspirational, interesting resources and a wide range of activities, we nurture our children so that they reach their full potential and their Early Learning Goals in time for moving up to Reception.
The children really enjoy their weekly Music, games and gym lessons with specialist teachers. We even begin teaching them a little French, because the younger they start learning a foreign language, the better. We work closely with parents in carefully documenting the children’s progress in a personalized learning journey record, this is an interactive online journal that enables easy communication in both directions and is a lovely record for parents to keep.
We are very aware of our role in educating children about healthy eating. Our school kitchen makes nutritious meals and snacks each day and we encourage the children to try new tastes and textures. They have a snack mid-morning (known as ghab) followed by lunch at 11.50am. Children who remain for the full day have lunch in the dining room. The afternoon snack is served at 2.30pm and water is always on offer - we encourage children to ‘drink to think'!
Nursery and Kindergarten is open Monday to Friday during the term-time. The morning session runs from 9am until 12pm and doesn’t include lunch. The afternoon session begins at 12.30pm and ends at 3.30pm. There are flexible extended hours available from 8am to 6pm, which do carry an additional cost.