About Nursery Provision
Little Explorers provision is split into 2 base rooms, each room is led by a room co-ordinator and supported by a team of highly qualified and experienced staff . The team are supported closely by the nursery manager, who also takes on the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The nursery manager, room coordinators and practitioners work closely to ensure that high quality care and teaching is delivered consistently and that it is tailored to meet the individual needs of all children.
The baby room is a calm, relaxed and nurturing environment, it has been specifically designed to support the holistic developmental needs of our babies and young children. The large indoor play area leads directly to the garden where the babies have free access to the outdoor environment. The separate sleep room is also used for light investigation and sensory play experiences. The babies also take part in daily forest school sessions, focused around exploring and investigating the natural environment. Regular trips to our onsite farm and animal unit is always a firm favourite with the babies too.
The main nursery room caters for children over 2 years and consists of two larges inter-connected play rooms and an enclosed garden area. The room layout, furniture and activities are tailored to meet the active needs of this age group. There is a strong focus of supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development, ensuring that children feel safe building new relationships and are confident and self-assured learners. The nursery also prioritises supporting children’s early communication and language skills, understanding that this is a crucial area of development that underpins so many other areas of learning and that has significant implications for life long success.
Teaching and learning across the main nursery is focused to meet the individual needs of the children, where children are carefully stretched and challenged by their key person to make progress on their individual learning journey. The continuous provision offers children the daily access to a range creative, imaginative, physical and intellectual activities. The tool bench is a firm favourite in this room, where children are closely supervised as they demonstrate high levels of motivation and perseverance to develop a range of skills using real tools.
Forest School is integral to the main nursery routine, where children choose to spend a large proportion of the nursery day exploring and learning in the natural outdoor environment. The qualified and experienced forest school practitioners facilitate and scaffold learning, based on children’s own interests and lines of enquiry. This approach to learning ensures that there are high levels of engagement, children take great pleasure in pursing and acquiring new skills from self-set challenges that excite and motivate.