Complete excellence in teaching and learning

“Pupils across the school exhibit notably strong study skills. Children in the EYFS were very observant of the features of their letter formation and sentence writing, and able to identify what they were doing well and what they need to work on. Several children correctly identified that they needed to include ‘speech marks’ and used the term ‘adjective’ accurately and with understanding.” ISI Inspection 2019

 St Christopher’s Nursery was setup to bring families together to provide the richest indoor and outdoor learning environment for growth, progression and development. At St Christopher’s Nursery, we believe in facilitating your child’s learning journey through fun filled activities and we absolutely love what we do!

As the brain begins to develop in the womb it is nearly complete by the age of four. It is in the early years of life that brain growth occurs most quickly with multitudes of new connections being made every day. At St Christopher’s Nursery, we understand the importance of early brain development and have created an ethos that promotes a holistic approach to childcare.

Integral to our ethos is the importance of nurturing the child as a whole. At St Christopher’s Nursery, we strive to ensure the positive development of our children’s emotional, social, intellectual, and physical wellbeing. As we respect our children as individuals we encourage their personalities to develop alongside the promotion of creativity, independence and resilience.

 Environment

As children’s senses develop in the early years they can easily become over stimulated. At St Christopher’s Nursery, we know that children are sensitive and have created a neutral environment that children are happy to explore.

Amongst the calming spaces our children have access to a wide range of stimulating learning opportunities and a variety of resources to investigate. There are also quiet places to rest and reflect, communication-friendly spaces to talk with friends, areas designed to spark creativity and imagination, things to question and count, sensory trays to explore, and places to read or write.

As part of our ethos children have access to continuous provision throughout the day as well as adult led activities. Although a regular routine helps our children feel settled and secure they also lead the flow of play. At St Christopher’s Nursery, our children have continual access to our gardens (front and back) and outdoor classrooms as we believe in the importance of outdoor learning.

Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning is an integral part of our ethos at St Christopher’s Nursery. We believe that when children are immersed in nature they begin to develop a respectful relationship and learn to value our natural world.

At St Christopher’s Nursery, our children have the opportunity to spend much of their time outside and experience multiple learning opportunities in our outdoor classrooms and gardens.

Resources

At St Christopher’s Nursery, we strive to provide real experiences and multi-sensory opportunities for our children to access throughout the day. We, incorporate traditional shop-bought toys with real objects and open-ended resources to extend children’s thinking and creativity.

All of our resources are easily accessible and clearly labelled so the children can request whatever they need. We understand the importance of independence and support our children to make their own choices as well as encouraging them care for our resources and environments.

We also know that sharing is something children need to learn in their own time so provide plenty of resources. We strongly believe in sustainability and re-use and recycle resources where possible.

Staff

At St Christopher’s Nursery, we invest in our staff team and promote professional development. Our well-qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff team support our children at each stage of their journey.

As children reach the age of two their personalities are rapidly developing and our staff team are ready to meet their individual needs. Our knowledgeable educators provide a safe base for our children to explore the challenge of independence.

Our well-qualified teachers lead the learning for our older children. At this stage we know that children learn best when they are fully immersed in their education. Our teachers introduce project based learning that the children have planned themselves through their own interests and enquiries.

Our experienced teachers work closely with local primary schools and understand the importance of school readiness. We raise independent and capable learners who are ready to take on the next challenge.

The Key Person

As part of our ethos we believe in the importance of supporting your family from the very beginning. From your first contact with us, we are getting to know your family.

Once settled we will ensure that the whole staff team understand your child and can assure you that they will always receive the same care and professional love.

Your child will also have their own key person based on a natural bond they develop with an individual member of the team. This strong attachment will help your child to settle and provide a first point of contact for your family. The Key Person will observe your child’s progress and provide you with regular updates on their development.