The enabling environment
There is a wide range of provision available every day. The Nursery School has a book corner, writing area, workshop area, science and nature area, music area, maths table, computer area, large and small construction equipment, and a home corner with dressing up clothes. The Nursery also has a wide selection of sensory toys and materials, and cause-and-effect toys for children to explore.
The environment is well organised; with materials and equipment clearly labelled with photographs. This encourages children to become independent in finding and returning equipment, and also provides a sense of security and routine.
Learning outdoors and with natural materials
Children are able to choose whether they work indoors or outdoors. We place a high value on outdoor play, and this provision is planned to develop and support children’s all round development.
The garden areas for the Nursery School, offer a flexible space with areas set up to encourage play and learning that can change from week to week. There are opportunities to explore natural materials indoors and outdoors including; water, sand, clay, and salt. Children are encouraged to care for nature; growing plants, weeding the flower beds and identifying insects.
Children learn through experiencing the changing weather and seasons; e.g. exploring shadows and rainfall, learning to take care of themselves in the sunshine, and noticing changes in the garden.
A safe environment
Staff ensure that all areas are safe, clean and secure at all times. Children are encouraged to take part in tidying up and caring for the School.