Day in the life
We select all of our staff very carefully and they play an important role in the happy and safe running of our Nursery.
In addition to being very experienced and well qualified they all share some important characteristics. They are truly passionate about working with young children. They bring smiles and enthusiasm with them every day and work hard to bring out the best in each child. They are creative, approachable and responsive. They are committed to supporting you and your family.
When your child joins us we will see who they form the closest bond with during the first week and this will become their key person.
The role of the key person is very important for young children as they need to be surrounded by familiar faces and by carers who can truly know and meet their individual needs. Our staff work tremendously hard to build special bonds with their children so that they feel relaxed, supported and ready to explore and learn.
At Woodentops Nurseries one of the many things that makes us different is that we are part of The White House Preparatory School family. Being part of the school means that we can offer our day nursery children the opportunity to spend time in the Kindergarten and Pre-Reception classes of the school from the term they turn three. This helps the children prepare for ‘big school’ and their Reception year.
There are two classes in the Kindergarten; Kindergarten for children aged 2 ½ – 3 ½ and Pre-Reception for children aged 3 ½ – 4 ½. In these classes the children are taught within their peer groups. They are introduced to colour, shape, numbers and sounds whilst following a different overarching topic each term. The curriculum also includes weekly Sports, Drama, French, Ballet, Music and Yoga lessons. The children learn to follow a routine, extend their periods of concentration, and develop their understanding that there is a time to talk and discuss as well as a time to listen.
By the end of Pre-Reception the children have a good understanding of numbers 1 to 10, initial sounds and if ready basic reading words. They have good pencil control, can write their own name and have the confidence to speak in front of others and express themselves. They will also be well prepared to make the transition to ‘big school’.
For more information on the Kindergarten click here to visit the main school site
We implement the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) in all of our nurseries. This forms the basis of our curriculum. The EYFS is a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years set out by the government. It is designed to ensure that children learn through play and that they are encouraged and supported to build on their individual needs and interests.
Further information on the areas of the EYFS and how we support them can be found here.