Nursery

Greenfields Nursery concentrates on the individual child. By delivering separately to 2 year olds, 3 year olds and ‘Rising 4 year olds’ (those whose birthdays fall slightly out of Reception class age) using different classrooms according to age, we can cover the required areas of learning with much more attention on individual needs. This includes helping those children who may need extra support and encouraging those who are more advanced.

A child’s skills, talents, individual abilities need to be spotted and cultivated as early as possible, which is why our small class sizes and separate classrooms offer a better service than most other nurseries, enabling a much more streamlined approach with better results all round.

Greenfields uses the standard Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning programme together with the Montessori philosophy. We cover the seven areas of learning and use regular observation and assessments to plan effectively for individual needs.

Montessori encourages basic life skills and participation in the school environment. (Montessori is an approach to early education that is primarily child centered and aims to provide a stimulating environment in which children can and want to learn. It gives children the freedom and independence to learn at their own pace. To find out more, please visit our Montessori page.)

Musical activities, singing, storytelling, arts and crafts, role play and other creative play are all part of the daily activities.

We welcome children of different cultural backgrounds and around 20 percent of our children are from another country and speak a different language. Our staff are multicultural and combined speak 6 languages: English, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

The 4 year old class is particularly impressive as it is where the children are given a lot of attention to prepare them for Reception class. It is important that the transition from Nursery to Reception is comfortable for the children. At the end of the school year, the 4 year old graduates attend a lovely Teddy Bear’s Picnic in celebration of their achievements.

The Nursery and Reception class share the same playground, which is located on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. It is here where we incorporate as many elements as possible for outdoor learning. The aim is to make the playground an extension of the classroom, so that the children benefit from the beautiful environment and the fresh air and sunshine whilst still learning.

Schedule

The nursery is open from 9am to 4:15pm daily, Monday to Friday.

You can choose the schedule that you would like your child to do, whether that be full days, mornings or afternoons, or a combination.

Please contact us to check for availability.

Lunches

Children can bring their own packed lunch or can have school lunches. These are prepared on site by our chef and are healthy and delicious. These are an additional cost.

Dance

We offer ballet classes for children as young as 2 years old. Our experienced dance teacher provides these ballet classes once a week, during the school day. As the children become more experienced and confident, additional classes can be taken such as tap and modern. The children take part in dance shows and as they progress through the school they will work towards taking their dance examinations. These dance classes are charged at an additional cost.

Nativity Play

In the lead up to Christmas, the children in the nursery take supporting roles in the Nativity play and the Reception children take the main roles. It is a wonderful, festive event with singing, acting and dancing.

Sports Day

At the end of the school year, in July, there is a fantastic Sports Day for all the children from Nursery to Year 6. The children prepare for their races in advance and then happily take part on the day. It is a lovely event for all the family to attend!

Vouchers

We accept Free Entitlement vouchers for childcare, depending on your eligibility this will be 15 hours or 30 hours per week.

A Typical Day in the Nursery

MORNING

– Settling in activities.

– Learning letters and numbers with the use of the Montessori equipment.

Snack Time

– Circle Time – another learning opportunity that is connected with a weekly topic

– Outside Fun – The children enjoy the spacious playground, which reflects the 7 areas of learning and development

LUNCH TIME

AFTERNOON

– Outside Fun

Snack Time

– Arts and Crafts activities

– Children’s Choice of activities

– Story Time to wind down at the end of the day