Appledore Nursery is set in the heart of the town centre making it easily accessible for all. Although we are in the busy town centre, we pride ourselves on being like a second home for the children as it is cosy and inviting. At Appledore we have a highly qualified team who provide wonderful care to the children and have a good relationship with all the parents and children, we have an outstanding reputation and we are rated outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. We have our very own miniature forest where the children can go on nature walks and attend Forest School sessions. As we are so close to the centre the children often enjoy trips out to the library and other fun activities in the town centre.
Our baby room provides a warm, friendly, caring environment for your babies first stage of their nursery adventure. We pride ourselves on the home from home experience we give to babies ensuring they are secure and comfortable in our care. The babies learn at their own pace and ability through the varied activities with an exciting range of sensory exploration. All of which are done at the children’s level so the babies can learn to their full potential.
Our toddler room has a warm, welcoming and homely feel which will provide a great stimulating environment for your child to grow and develop. We provide a vast range of activities for the children on both the floor and low-level tables providing easy access for all stages of their development. The children have their own home corner and kitchen where they can begin to learn through imaginary play with the staff providing good modelling to the children.
When your child turns two, they will move upstairs into our Tweenie room. This is a room that will focus on allowing your child to develop and grow their independence skills. We provide the children with a variety of activities to promote their independence such as brushing their teeth, introducing toilet training etc. The Tweenie room has its own balcony so the children are offered continuous provision both indoors and outdoors.
Preschool is a warm, fun and friendly environment, where children are free to explore and stimulate their curiosity. The room and staff provide many opportunities to promote independence and school readiness, helping children to interact and socialise through hands on learning.
Children begin to arrive at nursery and are offered breakfast.
Breakfast finishes and is tidied away, children help to tidy away their toys ready for circle time.
Children sit in a circle and sing the good morning song, learning and remembering each other’s names. We then sing the Days of the week song, children learn their days of the week and try to remember what day it is today. Children then choose what snack they would like that day and put it on the board.
Children will engage in group activities with their key worker and have access to a range of resources in free play both indoor and outdoor. Children have free flow and are encouraged to play outdoors as much as possible.
Children are offered snack at the snack table, they are encouraged to wash their hands and sit at the table where they will self serve their own snack. Snacks are available until 10:30am.
Children who are in nappies are changed and those who are toilet trained are encouraged to use the toilet before going outside.
Children tidy up outside and will come inside to get ready for dinner. We will sing or read a story before washing hands ready for dinner.
Once hands are washed children will get their own plates, cutlery and cups and will find their place mat at the table. Children self-serve their own dinner.
Children who have a nap will go to sleep and other children will have free play time.
Children wake up and do the afternoon circle time. We welcome the afternoon session children by singing the good afternoon song, sing the days of the week song and remember what day it is.
Children engage in group activities with their key worker and have access to a range of resources in free play both indoor and outdoor.
Children will tidy up and get ready for tea. They will wash their hands and sit down at the table with their mats. Children then self-serve their tea.
Children will have access to a range of resources outdoors.
Children come into nursery and engage in quiet wind down time. We will either read a story or play a game in the carpet area.
The children are invited into a warm, homely environment where a selection of breakfast options are available. The day then continues with a group circle time welcoming each child into nursery, this involves song and rhyme time as well as group discussions about the day ahead. During this time the children learn about the days of the week, the weather and are encouraged to vote on what snack they would like, promoting democracy and resilience. Each key worker plans exciting and challenging activities suited to each child’s individual needs and interests following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. As a nursery we follow the Reggio Emilia approach, meaning all resources are readily accessible for children throughout the day. With large patio doors open children can decide where they would like to play, promoting self-care and independence. We believe that children should experience risky outdoor play regularly, as a result we encourage children to play outdoors as much as possible. This includes twice weekly forest school sessions where the children are taught life skills; assessing their own risks and learning how to keep themselves safe in the woodland environment.
Their chosen snack is provided free-flow throughout the morning for the children to access when they please. Lunches are warm, healthy, home cooked meals that are eaten together around the tables. The children are encouraged to be independent in getting their own plates, cup and cutlery after they have washed their hands. They find their own unique placemat, sit down and self-serve their meal.
The children are changed by their key worker for their first couple of weeks, this helps to develop bonds and routine. Those who can attend the toilet themselves are encouraged to use the bathroom regularly and are assisted with their self-care needs if required. As some of the children sleep we turn our cosy corner into a sleep room where delicate lullabies play to help the children in getting to sleep. The area is enclosed with soft curtains, giving the sleeping children privacy. The other children then participate in quiet indoor activities or outdoor activities, weather dependant.
Once everyone is awake children will have a group circle time, welcoming any children who have arrived in the afternoon. A light tea is served at around 3:00pm where children are again encouraged to wash their own hands and self-serve their tea. After this, children are encouraged to play outside and engage in many outdoor activities such as messy play, role playing on the “bus” and cooking in the mud kitchen. Children will then have wind down and quiet time at 5:00pm before ending their nursery day and going home.