Learning in our Nursery

Our highly experienced, qualified, caring and friendly staff provide a stimulating and nurturing environment where each child's needs are catered for through our fun, play-based and child-led curriculum.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, providing opportunities and experiences in the seven areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World 
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design 

Themes and topics are used to engage the children’s interests as well as a range of enrichment activities which include dance, sporty tots, music, mindfulness, Spanish and  Forest School.

We know the value of home and school partnerships when it comes to your child’s learning, and it is important to us to work closely with parents from the start. Your child’s learning is shared through online journals and our friendly professional staff are always there to help.

Our school day in the Nursery offers flexibility during term time to suit busy families and also to cater for the differing interests and energy levels of the children. The core part of the school day provides an excellent balance of learning through work and play both in the classroom, around the wonderful setting of the Secret Garden and within the superb facilities and grounds of the Prep School.

‘Scatter kindness’ is a sign which appears all over the place at Handcross, and it seems that everyone here has taken this to heart

The Good Schools Guide

7.45am Before-School Care - including breakfast in the dining room (optional at extra cost, should be pre-booked)
8.30am Morning story or activity as a class
8.50am A range of child-led and adult-supported activities, indoors and outside
10.00am Snack and drink
10.20am Adult-led activities
10.35am A range of child-led and adult-supported activities, indoors and outside
11.30am Group activity and story time
12.00pm Morning session ends
Lunch -  hot and cold options for lunch. Children are seated with staff in the Prep School dining room.
Children play outdoors and have a quiet story
1.00pm Lunch session ends
Rest time
1.15pm A range of child-led and adult-supported activities, indoors and outside, including an afternoon snack
3.15pm Story time
3.30pm Afternoon session ends
3.30-6.00pm After-School Care by prior arrangement  - optional pick-up times at 4.30pm, 5.00pm or 6.00pm.

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