Children can join our Nursery in the September after they turn 2 years old with a seamless transition into Reception and beyond at Hoe Bridge.
Language, numeracy, creativity, science and discovery, music and physical activity are all incorporated into the day through a wide and engaging range of play and practical activities.
Your child will enjoy freedom to make choices about their activities within the structure of the curriculum. The Nursery staff will work closely with them while they develop language skills, stretch their imagination, discover new concepts and materials and learn to share and socialise with their classmates and embrace diversity. All the while they will be continually observed and their skills, interests and needs recorded as part of their individual learning plan. This is overseen by a key member of our Nursery staff responsible for their progress and wellbeing who is also your main point of contact for regular communication and any questions or concerns that may arise.
With our low child-teacher ratio in Nursery we ensure the children are getting the best possible care at this vital stage of their learning journey. They never tire of the wonder of observing the changes that take place in their children during their Nursery time: in their physical, emotional and social development, evolving motor skills, communication, interpretation, understanding, learning and expression.
Music and sport are a large part of school life throughout Hoe Bridge. Specialist classes start from Nursery with dedicated Pre-Prep PE and music teachers. Sport is taught by our Pre-Prep PE Teacher, Mrs Gillespie twice a week starting with simple games and gymnastics allowing children to work on control, balance and hand-eye coordination skills. Mrs Gillespie also teaches Nursery Yoga weekly to help with mindfulness during the Autumn and Spring term. Music is taught weekly in Nursery by our Pre Prep Music Teacher, Mrs McIntosh who introduces songs, rhymes and percussion instruments as children practise moving, clapping and playing on the beat.
Nursery children also have dedicated time each week for outdoor learning and computer skills as well as a dedicated assembly from our Head of Pre-Prep, Ms Willis and join in whole Pre-Prep events such as Pancake Day, Harvest, Easter and Christmas.
Nursery have an open planned classroom with direct access to a dedicated Nursery outdoor learning environment as well as direct access to the Pre-Prep playground. Our Nursery facility also includes dedicated toilets and changing facilities and a large messy play area for lots of creative painting and sand play. Situated in the Pre-Prep building Nursery also have access to ICT and Music rooms, Library and Sports hall. All set within our beautiful 22 acre Hoe Bridge estate which allows for outdoor learning in The Hideout, our fantastic outdoor classroom under a huge parachute, our pond area, our woodland walk and meadow.
With a choice of half-days (8:55 am to 12:15 pm) or full-days (8:55 am to 3:20 pm), there is flexibility in our schedule to offer our Nursery children time to explore their imagination, be creative and engage in specialist subjects. All of our children enjoy a morning snack and full day children join the family style lunch with a healthy food cooked on site daily. Nursery staff head the table, serving lunch encouraging children’s table manners and for them to try a range of foods.
We also offer wraparound care during the term with Breakfast Club from 7:45am and After School Care until 6:30pm. Parents can also extend their childcare in the holidays with dedicated Hoe Bridge camps at Christmas, Easter and the Summer holidays.
We value the importance of establishing a solid partnership between home and school. Our learning journey with your child is a partnership, a triangle involving the child, parent and teacher. Establishing good communication is a vital part of this partnership and encouraging families to talk directly to Nursery staff at drop off and pick up. You will also find our Head of Pre-Prep out every morning greeting families as they arrive at the start of the school day. Formal parent meetings every term and a detailed school report at the end of the year also allow for more structured feedback to parents. Embracing digital tools, our Early Years staff post videos and photos of your child's learning journey through an online platform called Tapestry, providing feedback on how your child is progressing on a regular basis.