Nursery

Nursery

This is the period where a child develops their personality and character and it is very important that they grow intellectually and emotionally as well as physically during these formative years. At Queen’s, children are welcomed into our Nursery from birth, usually coinciding with the end of maternity leave. Families are able to start with us at any time during the year.

Our Nursery is set in a beautiful Georgian building with a traditional family feel in an environment that feels like home. The nursery has three thoughtfully designed bespoke playrooms for children aged from birth to three and half years of age.

Children will then move onto Queen’s Nursery School, here the stepping stones to formal education are laid. At Nursery School we pride ourselves on providing a nurturing and supportive foundation to academic learning.

At Queen’s the focus on the well being and development of the individual is at the heart of all activity, the support and service provided by our Early-Years practitioners is second to none.

Our Nursery and the Nursery School offers children and families the perfect start to set the foundations for a child’s education journey through the school and into the Queen’s College community.

Ages 0-2

Ages 0-2

At Queen’s children are welcomed into our Nursery from birth, usually coinciding with the end of maternity leave. Families are able to start with us at any time during the year. We ensure that the transition into nursery is carefully planned and tailored to parental requirements, with the right developmental needs for babies and toddlers in the forefront of all considerations.

During the transition into nursery, key carers build a partnership with parents to develop a trusting relationship. It is important parents feel confident that their child is in the most caring and professional of hands, giving peace of mind.

Cottontails room: (0-18 months)

The Cottontails room provides a unique and special environment allowing replication of the routine that each baby has at home. The room includes a playroom where qualified and caring staff plan and provide opportunities to encourage development for the youngest children. We have a designated sleep room to allow babies to sleep peacefully. Babies and small children are able to relax and sleep in warm, comforting and restful surroundings, specifically designed for their needs. The sleeping room has a nursing chair and parents are welcome to stay on site to feed. The adjoining milk kitchen enables bottles to be ready for babies on demand.

Tiggywinkles: (18 months – 2 ½ years)

The Tiggywinkles Room is for children aged from 2 and half to three and a half years of age. Tiggywinkles staff are knowledgeable and experienced and plan an ambitious curriculum to provide a space full of learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors. Children benefit from a larger space which allows for a large outdoor construction area including opportunities for wood work. The space also incorporates a role play area both indoors and outdoors to allow children the choice as to where they focus their play. Access to the bathroom area supports progression with toilet training which is carefully done based on the children’s interest and confidence.

Puddleducks: (2 ½ – 3 ½ years)

The third room ‘Puddleducks’ is for children aged between 18 months to 2 and half years. This room is a space for the children to learn and develop at their own pace and learn from new experiences. This room provides double doors onto the garden which allows children to extend their learning into the outdoors. Children are encouraged by qualified and enthusiastic staff to develop at their own pace through scaffolding their development based on children’s current interests. Children sit together to share meal times and the routine of the day offers all children the opportunity to rest or sleep after lunch. Children enjoy a variety of sensory activities, yoga and free play in the construction and role play areas. Staff support learning through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

The team at Highgrove provide an excellent standard of education, care and development, understanding the importance of age appropriate provision for the very young.

Ages 3-4

Ages 3-4

As they grow up, the children will move into Queen’s Nursery School to set the foundations for their educational journey. The highly qualified and experienced Nursery School staff work in close liaison with both parents and the  Nursery team to share individual developmental information to ensure that the transition is smooth into the next stage of education and development.

At the Nursery School we pride ourselves on providing a nurturing and supportive foundation to academic learning. The curriculum is carefully designed and includes a range of activities for the children to extend their learning and reach their full potential. As well as free play, they enjoy Forest School, Dough Gym, Sticky Kids, Write Dance, Kitchen Garden, Music, Fun French and more.

The Nursery School year further develops the children’s skills through play activities, whilst also helping to prepare them for routines of school. The day becomes more structured in this pre-school year with activities and play focusing on boosting cognitive and motor development, enhancing social skills, building confidence and developing independence. The location of our nursery school within the Prep-Prep building ensures that the transition into reception class is seamless.

 

Sample Timetable