The perfect start for your baby
Starting at the Beginning.....
We know that you will want to be sure that your child is safe and secure in our care and the safety and security of your child is our top priority, too. Before your baby starts at nursery we will be in touch with you so that we can arrange settling in visits and try to understand your babies needs prior to starting.
Our qualified staff will support your child's first few days in the nursery with great sensitivity and we will happily accommodate your family's routines as part of settling in. We'll encourage you to spend time in the nursery on their first visit, providing you with any information you need.
A Cosy Space for your Baby
At The Old School House we are able to take children from 3 months old in our Nest; a cosy room with lots of natural light and a separate cosy Sleep Area, which is attended at all times. The Children can explore experiences including sensory, language, imaginative play, and the exploration of materials.
We create open, empty spaces for our babies to express themselves and from a very young age children work with light boxes and projectors investigating light and shadow and exploring the shape, colour, texture and form of materials.
Keeping Parents Involved
We keep you involved in your child’s progress sharing our observations with you through our very own online-app.
We document using photos along with comments by your child and you can access these at home and share them with your family. We also meet with you regularly to talk about your child’s development.
Please also look for information on each door about the weekly experiences and our documentation panels on the walls in each room. We occasionally work on project books of the children’s work which we share with you too.
The Bumble Bees
Our Buzzy Little Nursery Room
Children move on to our Nursery Room – A place we called the Bumble Bees, a buzzy space where they can explore new experiences including construction, imaginative play, and the exploration of materials. They are cared for by our qualified staff who will work with the children on their explorations of drawing, painting and working with clay, dough and other malleable materials.
We believe by this age children are intelligent, inquisitive learners, eager to make sense of the world around them. This influences how we work with children, supporting them in their discoveries and sharing in their wonder and their ideas by planning in the moment.
Our Bumble Bees are keen to explore and investigate and their work often develops into long-term projects always being led by the child's interests.
Our role is to support their projects, encourage language and creativity and teamwork. Most importantly we need to give them time to explore and discover in their surroundings and make sure we are on hand to offer extended learning opportuntities when we can.
The Ladybirds Pre-School
We dont just prepare children for school - we prepare them for life....
Following on from our nursery room, children move into the Pre-school section where we offer dedicated spaces for construction, exploration, imaginative play, sand & water play, mark-making and working with all the senses. We have Art area's which work as workshops where staff support children’s creative expression.
We offer empty spaces for the children to express themselves through a large range of media.
You will notice too that our spaces frequently change in response to the interests of the children.
Child-Led Learning through Projects
We believe that children are capable of leading their own learning supported by experienced, expert staff. We encourage children to develop their own projects so they can make sense of the world and to explore those theories with their friends. We listen to their ideas, take them seriously and help facilitate their research.
This research often develops into project work which is supported by the whole team . Our role is to bring our experience to provide resources, skills, time, space and to help them overcome problems. Our interventions often provoke a new line of enquiry. You can see examples of project work when we display Children’s Voices.
Keeping Parents Involved
We keep you involved in your child’s progress sharing our observations with you through our nursery app. We document using photos and videos along with comments by your child and you can access these at home and share them with your family. We also meet with you regularly to talk about your child’s development.
We update all nursery information on the notice boards to each of the rooms to illustrate the children’s current experiences.
We spend as much time out in the open as we do inside and have the most amazing spaces to discover.