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'The Early Years and Pre-Prep pupils develop a joy of learning'

ISI Report 2015

Nursery

Our Nursery offers an exciting and stimulating world in which to start school life and is the first step in a child's learning journey at King Edward's.  A caring and nurturing approach ensures that each child thrives and develops a real joy of learning. In our Nursery you will see happy and independent children.  Spontaneity and fun are evident and echoed by the happy hum of children's conversations.

 

OUR NURSERY FACILITIES

With its own dedicated space, set within the grounds of King Edward’s Pre-Prep, our Nursery offers an inviting indoor and outdoor environment that has been designed to encourage exploration, creativity and independence.  Three light and airy indoor spaces provide free-flow movement and access to the Nursery’s dedicated and flexible outdoor space, with its mix of investigation areas including a sandpit, stage and dressing up corner, raised beds for growing plants and vegetables, climbing area and mud kitchen.

Our Nursery children are very much a part of the Pre-Prep School, and use its wider facilities including a Sports hall, ICT suite, Art room and Library, as well as enjoying all the special visitors and events that take place at Pre-Prep including Book Week, Sports Day and the Christmas Nativity and Summer performances.

 

NURSERY VIRTUAL TOUR

Take a 360 virtual tour of our wonderful Nursery facilities:

 

Our Nursery team

The Nursery is run by two experienced Early Years teachers, supported by teaching assistants, who all have an excellent understanding of how young children develop.  Our staff develop strong relationships with the children and are attuned to their interests and development, whilst a low child to adult ratio ensures we are able to support and extend each child’s all-round development.  

In addition to the Nursery team, specialist teachers in Music, Dance, French and Forest School enhance your child’s learning.

 

A family focused approach

We believe working in close partnership with parents is paramount to a child’s success.  A home visit before your child joins us in Nursery gives everyone an opportunity to get to know one another in an environment where your child feels safe and secure.  It also provides you with an opportunity to share information about your child and for us to explain what happens in the Nursery and to answer any queries or concerns you may have.  We have found that the home visits are a very positive experience, often recalled by the children, who frequently ask if we can visit their home again!

When your child starts they will be assigned a Key Person who will work in close partnership with you to ensure your son or daughter feel happy and safe as they settle in and become familiar with the day to day routines of Nursery.

We continue to develop our relationship with parents in a number of ways during the Nursery year.  We offer an open-door policy and we encourage a daily dialogue between staff and parents at drop off and pick up.  Each child’s journey through Nursery is shared through an Interactive Learning Diary which both staff and parents can contribute to.  Open sessions each term provide  a chance for parents to spend a morning in the Nursery and get involved in a range of activities that support their child’s skills and learning.  In addition, our termly review process gives individual time for parents and the Nursery staff to meet and talk about their child’s current interests, skills and development.

 

The Nursery day

We offer three different sessions and recommend a minimum of three sessions per week.

  • Morning: 8.30-am – 11.45pm
  • Morning (including lunch): 8.30-am – 12.45pm
  • All day (including lunch): 8.30am - 3.15pm
  • Afternoon: 12.45pm – 3.15pm
  • Afternoon (including lunch): 11.45pm – 3.15pm

Healthy snacks are provided during each session, and a nutritional lunch is freshly prepared at school each day by our fantastic catering team, using seasonal and local ingredients.  

 

Nursery curriculum

In Nursery and Reception we follow an enhanced version of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  Within the EYFS there are seven areas of learning, split into two parts:

Prime areas
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
Specific areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Arts and Design

 

Pre and after school care

Busy working parents may wish to extend their child’s day by making use of our flexible wrap-around early morning (8am – 8.30am) and after school care (3.15pm – 5.45pm) which takes place in Teddy’s Lodge, at school. Run by our own staff, Teddy’s Lodge includes a kitchen and dining area, sitting room with comfy sofas, a conservatory and playroom, and its own secure outdoor play area.