Our Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception classes provide an inspirational setting for children to start their academic journey. This was reflected in our "outstanding" report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
From two years of age, children are welcomed into our Nursery. Our highly experienced Nursery staff appreciate that each child is unique, and so provide engaging play-based activities and experiences which match with each stage of an individual child's development. This includes extensive use of dedicated outside spaces and the school’s main grounds for nature walks and activities.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) standards are at the heart of each day. Understanding staff and an “open door” policy also mean parents and carers can discuss any issues quickly and easily.
Three-year-old children are welcome to stay mornings only or all day. Our Early Years specialists ensure a stimulating and nurturing environment with activities planned according to the needs and interests of each child.
The Kindergarten school prepares children for entry to full time schooling through a proven approach of child-led and teacher initiated activities that engage and ignite the initial stages of learning.
Importantly, our dedicated outside area for free-flow indoor/outdoor learning develops links in a child’s learning that remain long after they have left us.
A more formal academic curriculum complements and completes the Early Years Foundation Stage and supports a smooth transition to Key Stage 1. We continue to use practical learning that extends into our own vegetable garden, while the children attend Forest School each week whatever the weather, rear chickens and make regular visits to the Prep School’s ICT suite, library and chapel, and for wider activities including French, Music, Cookery, Riding and Swimming.
The Reception year ends with our brilliant Summer Garden Party, a highlight for the children that includes them organising and decorating stalls to sell products they have made themselves.