Apples room is a large, inviting, yet calming area with lots of natural light in which staff have created a caring, supportive, nurturing environment. Babies are planned for on an individual basis, taking into account their home routine and stages of development. Here the children can explore sensory activities using a wide range of resources from cornflour to fabrics to paints and more. They are also supported in reaching their development milestones such as pulling themselves up, crawling and walking. The babies have a separate sleep/cot room which is monitored for their safety.
The toddlers in Pears are based in a room that spans half of the upstairs floor, with concertina doors partitioning the room into 3 spaces. As in the Apples room, the rooms are large, inviting, and filled with natural light. There are 2 carpeted areas where the children can play with activities on the floor as well as cosy corners and communication friendly spaces. There is also a hard floor area, where the children can participate in a number of creative activities as well as sand and water play. The children are planned for depending on their individual needs and interests.
All of the under 3’s have access to the garden areas in both the morning and afternoon.
The pre-school is on the ground floor of the nursery and comprises of 4 large spaces and the garden. The areas are laid out to enable positive learning through play and support children’s individual interests. The pre-school prides itself on giving the children lots of exciting opportunities, that enhance their learning and are great fun! These include; taking part in yoga sessions, tennis coaching for school leavers, instrumental sessions including drum kits and djembes, singing with piano accompaniment; using new technology such as drones, and planting and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs and then using them in cooking activities.
The nursery is fortunate to have a large rear garden, which allows children to move their learning to the outside environment. It has a large lawn area, planting areas and vegetable patches, where the children have space to explore the natural environment and take responsibility for planting and growing. The garden also has a wonderful Mud kitchen and Mud station perfect for making mud pies, perfumes and soups. An additional external area for the children has a large canopy so that they can have opportunities to spend time in the fresh air, whatever the weather.
During the summer months, the oldest children participate in tennis activities with a coach, developing their listening skills, coordination and teamwork.