"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment". Maria Montessori
CATERPILLAR ROOM (Under 2 years)
Caters for up to 6 under two year old children. We follow the children's individual routines. We do lots of sensory, holistic and art activities. We like to allow the children to explore freely under adult supervision. We set up the area to interest and stimulate the children and aid their development. The children can access the toys freely to extend their play. We like to explore outside too. We have triple buggies so that we can go out on walks exploring the local community. We enjoy going to feed the ducks.
BUTTERFLY ROOM (2-5 years)
Caters for up to 18, 2-5 year old children. We set up the area to cover the Early Years Foundation stage framework (EYFS). We make sure that this area is attractive to the children by ensuring there is something to cover each child's interests and learning needs. We also do activities which enable the children to experience other aspects of the EYFS during the day, therefore continually developing them. We split the children up into two groups for parts of the day. Apples (2-3 yr olds) and Strawberries (3-5 yr olds) to enable us to do more age appropriate activities. We also help prepare the Strawberries for the transition from nursery to school by helping to increase their concentration and develop their independence. We also like to explore outside. We try to get outside whatever the weather and enjoy our trips to the park. We use the outside, local community as an extended classroom and will go out and about to reinforce what they are learning.
An outdoor environment set out to enthuse a child's development. We use the outside area as an extended classroom. We continue to provide learning experiences and a stimulating learning environment outside using much of the “forest school” ethos. We have various planters maintained with the help of the children, so that they learn how things grow. The school garden adjoining us, is accessed at certain times of the day during the term time and with no restrictions during the school holidays.
We use the local environment and community to extend our learning opportunities and reinforce what we have learnt within the nursery. We often pop to the shop for cooking ingredients, to the park, the library or to feed the ducks. The children love going into Windsor to see the changing of the guard and also State visits.