During opening hours
Mon & Tues. 8am - 2.45pm
Wed. 8am - 12.45 pm
Thurs & Fri. 8am - 2.45pm
We believe that care and education are equally important in the experiences we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session are provided in ways that:
1. Help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the nursery;
2. Ensure the safety of each child;
3. Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group, and;
4. Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
Our nursery uses a key person approach.
This means that each member of staff has a group of children (family group) for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will work with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, their key person will help your child to settle and, throughout your child’s time at the setting, will help your child benefit from the nursery’s activities.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task.
The sessions are run in the main village hall, an adjoining room and 2 secure outside spaces providing a bright, open learning environment.
The area is large, and as such we can have a maximum of 39 children in attendance on Monday to Thursday mornings and 26 for the afternoon sessions and Friday mornings.
There are up to 8 members of staff on duty at anytime.
Our session starts with self-registration where your child finds their name card and places it on the Velcro board - effectively 'clocking in'! They are then ready to go and play, with sensitive support from their key person, in our open plan nursery and outdoor areas.
Small world play
Sand/water and messy play
Turn taking activities
The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities. These will introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them learn to work with others. These types of activities usually take place in family groupings with the key person leading, and occur once or twice a session. We recognise how outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. Therefore, children have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in outdoor child chosen and adult led activities, as well as those provided indoors.
We take account of children’s changing energy levels throughout the session and whilst we do not provide ‘sleep areas’ we do cater for children’s individual needs for rest by offering quiet activities.
We encourage children to tidy up the nursery towards the end of each session, and then split into family groups to enjoy circle time. This is where we reflect on the morning’s activities and share a story.
At this point, the children who are going home at 12.00pm are collected from us.
We try, where possible, to keep to our routine; however, we also like to remain flexible so that we can make the most of spontaneous activities such as playing in the snow!
Ofsted (2011) noted how in our nursery; “all children make excellent progress in their learning and development, using a wealth of resources that successfully enable children to learn both indoors and outdoors” (www.ofsted.gov.uk)
Chiddingfold Village Nursery School,
The Village Hall, Coxcombe Lane, Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4QA
01428 683251 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Charity Number 1029419