Abacus home
Our designated toddler and pre-school room is on the ground floor of our converted, detached house. The side entrance is perfectly located opening directly into the cloakroom area and office allowing parents to arrive without disrupting the children. This is also the entrance to the baby and toddler unit making it ideal for parents dropping off children in both age groups.

Up to 24 children aged two years to school age are cared for at any one time in this rich, nurturing environment. Children benefit from a large, light and bright, spacious playroom with tables and floor space to play and explore with a wide range of toys and resources. Activities are planned, linked to the seven areas of learning in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In addition to the three prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional; Communication and Language; and Physical development), concentrated on for the youngest children attending, the planning for the pre-school children promotes the four specific areas of learning. These are Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; and Expressive arts and design. Children learn through purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities.

A smaller adjoining room is used for quieter activities such as circle time and registration, stories, singing and small group work. After lunch this room is used as a sleep room for those children who require an afternoon nap. Children have easy access to the bathroom facilities, which include both child-sized and adult-sized toilets and low-level sinks. This develops children’s independence in self-care skills. Children also have easy access to the outside play area. A converted garage provides an additional play room for all children to enjoy for a range of Expressive Arts and Design activities. This room is accessed via the garden. From here children can enjoy the benefits of ‘free flow’ between the inside and outside space.

Each child has their own key person to help ensure that every child’s care and learning is tailored to meet their individual needs, help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents. Together, staff will work in partnership with parents and other settings children attend, to prepare children ready for school. As their time at nursery draws to an end and development allows, specific adult-led activities are increased to help children listen, participate and be confident ready for more formal learning in school.
Our teacher co-ordinates our 'School Readiness' sessions.