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Quality Childcare

Early Learning / Social Skills / Fun Activities / Outdoor play 

Life training / Story time


All children have circle time twice per day, but the number, range and type of activities throughout the rest of the day will depend on the age/grouping of the children. Very young babies will spend more time following their home care routine than older children, who will be more engaged in learning activities. All children spend time in their own teaching/care room each day.


In addition to this, they all (including babies) spend time in The Sensory Room, The Library and outdoors in the garden or on a local trip. We spend time teaching movement, dance and art as well as reading and mark making. All subjects are valued equally.We make use of our spacious premises by encouraging key staff to spend time with their key children in small groups and in different rooms of the nursery throughout the day. We can do this because, although our nursery is registered for a large number of children, we limit our intake to ensure excellent quality of care.We place great emphasis on outdoor play and the children go out every day except in inclement weather.


Outdoor play often takes place in our garden areas to which the children have direct and supervised access. One of the advantages of being on the doorstep of the City is the fact that we have so many interesting places to visit. The children go to Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Cathedral where they can count the boats and learn some of the city's history.


The children are encouraged to be involved in the wider community; participating in charitable events such as The Big Toddle for Barnardos, recycling materials used at nursery and meeting key members of the community e.g. fire officers.

Early learning

Extensive Outdoor play 

Flexible plans

Qualified caring staff

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which focuses on learning through play. Research shows child-led learning, which is adult guided, is the most effective way of helping a child to develop. Although we have a structure for learning based on long term, medium and short term planning, we view our plans as a rough guide, subject to the children’s interests and their individual learning goals. The whole nursery follows a teaching plan with ideas for monthly and weekly themes/topics e.g.

  • Monthly theme: Journeys

  • Weekly theme: Where can I go?

  • Letter/Phonic: A

  • Shape: Square

  • Number: 2

  • Colour: Red

  • Spanish word: Donde? (Which means, ‘Where?’ in English)

  • French word: Ou? (Which means, ‘Where?’ in English)

  • Makaton sign: Where?

  • Event: Bring your Mum/Grandma/Auntie/Female Carer to nursery day

Each room leader plans daily and weekly activities that tie into the nursery themes. Activities are focused on the individuals within their teaching/care group.The 7 areas of learning set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage are:


The prime areas 

  • Communication and language 

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development.


The Specific areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design


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