Blue and Green Owls : Pre-school Children aged 3 – 5 years
Comprising of two rooms with direct access to the garden, Blue and Green Owls, our pre-school rooms, are the last stop on your child’s journey through the nursery. Whilst it is very important to prepare a child for the school curriculum and beyond, it is also important to remember that there are many facets to each child that need to be nurtured and encouraged.
We promote a natural and stimulating environment both inside and out to allow children the time to explore the world around them at their own pace. To help us in this aim, we incorporate best practices from both private and government maintained settings, and we regularly visit other nurseries and pre-schools to see what excellent practice looks like elsewhere.
We aim to achieve a sensible balance between free and structured activities designed to encourage language, confidence and independence. Our curriculum is based on our own childcare best practices and is underpinned by the Department for Education’s framework for children under five, The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Experimenters, Players and Questioners – At this age children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. The rooms are divided into specific areas of learning and play, and many of the activities will be geared towards the children’s on-going needs once they go onto school, in particular the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
In each room your child will be assigned a key worker who will be responsible for creating and maintaining a learning and development profile, which ultimately you can take with you to school. This profile will record major milestones in your child’s journey and will assist both the nursery and the family to celebrate daily events as well as to highlight any areas where more encouragement or guidance is needed.
Your child’s keyperson will make observations of your child, using a tablet computer to photograph, record and submit reports which are subsequently shared with parents and carers as well as held on a central database so we can manage overall progress. Managers and Deputies conduct joint observations and assessment with key staff to provide support and to pass on good practice from around the nursery.