We understand that young children learn best through play and the majority of their Nursery School sessions will be child-led with our experienced staff supporting them to learn and develop through their play and interactions with others. Our Nursery School site is very large with an extensive outdoor area, which children can access independently throughout their sessions. All of this means that we have a large range of child-led, open-ended activities always available and an extensive range of resources, from our ever-popular bike track to play dough; from an enormous sandpit to a huge range of large and small construction resources; from painting and drawing to balancing and climbing. There are areas to be active and spaces to be calm and relax. The children are at the heart of everything we do and each week our staff meet to reflect on the previous week’s learning and children’s fascinations, and plan stimulating enhancements to our continuous provision.
We know that children’s early years are vital for supporting them to be effective and confident learners and communicators as they move on into formal education. Each day, we supplement children’s learning through their play with a short, planned adult-led learning group time. These are a great opportunity for us to support children to learn as part of a group. We have developed our own effective, flexible programme of playful learning experiences that support early mathematical, literacy and pre-reading/phonic skills, as well as music and personal, social and emotional learning.
At Warwick Nursery School, we pride ourselves in seeing every child as an individual and getting to know them really well, and we will personalise each child’s experience through sensitive adult support. We will work 1-to-1 with children when they need it and also support them to play and learn with small groups of other children.
We are fortunate to have a beautiful, dedicated Forest School area on site, which children access fortnightly in small adult-led groups where they can experience hands-on learning using nature and the outdoor environment as a valuable and fascinating resource. Throughout the year, we also take advantage of opportunities to extend children’s experiences in our local area – such as decorating a tree in the annual St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival or going on a nature walk in Priory Park.