groups overview

The school is divided into three care groups according to age, one of which being our baby unit for children from birth to 2 years and which has its own sleep and sensory room.

Each group has a room leader who oversees the running of the group and each child has a Key worker who has overall responsibility for that child’s learning and development.

The children progress through these groups during their time with us, developing the various skills, attitudes and levels of maturity until they embark on pre-school activities in the Butterfly group during their final years with us.

Each group is an established ‘free flow’ environment, allowing and encouraging children to make their own choices and decisions, using their imaginations. Children’s developmental progress is monitored and any gaps identified, children’s individual interests are adapted and developed to encourage and support them in achieving their next steps of learning.

When young children select their own play experiences they:

  • concentrate on their interests, allowing for enjoyment and safety.
  • make choices and decisions about what they are going to do, how and where they are going to do it and who they will work with, building on their confidence and independence.
  • practice and apply what they know and start to explore new possibilities, learning new ways to do things.
  • incubate new thoughts as they form ideas and try them out in a relaxed and unpressurised way, then return to them and think them over, testing their own ideas and developing their learning through trial and error.

We follow the government based framework for early learning, throughout the nursery and pre-school, called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). More information on the EYFS structure can be found here.

Baby and Toddler Garden

We have a separate baby and toddler garden dedicated to just the Grasshopper and Ladybird groups. This space is safe & secure and offers a wide range of age appropriate equipment for the babies and toddlers to use, for example, chalk boards, sand table, water table, slides, cars, sit on toys and ball games. We also like to teach the children about planting and growing flowers and these are kept in the garden for the children to water and take care of.

Pre-School Garden

We have a larger garden for the Butterfly class to use. Again, this garden is completely secure as we lock the front gate when the children are playing in the garden. We have a wide range of age appropriate equipment for the older children to use, including a climbing frame, den, balancing tyres and beams, and water and sand trays. There is also a covered area where we encourage children to choose their own toys and activities to play with from both inside and out.

Staff Ratios

The staff ratio's for all nursery schools providing childcare is as follows. For children:

Under 2: The ratio is 1 staff member to every 3 children
Aged 2-3: The ratio is 1 staff member to every 4 children
Over 3: The ratio is 1 staff member to every 8 children

We always work to these ratios as a minimum and will quite often have additional staff over and above the minimum requirement in terms of ratios and qualified staff.

Why ‘Free Flow’ and Not Structure?

All the time we are allowing children the time to learn through their own play, we do not need to be forcing them to join in with set activities, they are not going to learn if they do not want to take part in the first place. By allowing children to learn through themselves and creating a stimulating free flow environment with continuous resourced play provision, it enables children to flourish. This allows for key persons to capture the teaching moments and seize the opportunities to further enhance and develop a child’s learning, by supporting and encouraging them to think deeper and draw on what they already know.

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