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Nursery Curriculum

Let them play, watch them learn

The latest Early Years Foundation Stage national framework shapes our curriculum and we strive to carefully balance adult led and child initiated play to create fun but meaningful learning activities. The outstanding facilities and superb resources at Claremont facilitate the most innovative and inspirational ways to develop confidence, imagination and understanding in each child.

We broaden the curriculum further, through organised sessions with a specialist teacher for Music, French, Yoga, Forest School and Gardening for children in the Dragonflies and Damselflies classes. 

At Claremont Nursery School, we use Tapestry – this is an online learning journal tool which enables our practitioners to monitor each child’s development. Practitioners are able to capture and share special moments with parents whether it be messy play or important milestones like a child counting their first numbers.

There are many special events such as picnics, nativity productions and sports day held throughout the year which parents and their wider families are warmly invited to attend. We hope these become happy, family memories of life at Claremont Nursery.

 

Caterpillars and Butterflies (3 months to 2 years)

We provide lots of creative play including opportunities for listening to music, songs and stories. Whenever the weather allows, these rooms operate on a free-flow principle whereby the children can choose whether to play inside or outdoors and so explore a wide range of constantly changing toys and experiences.

We have a dedicated baby sleep room, a milk kitchen and a nappy changing room to cater for your baby’s physical needs.

During the initial settling in visit, our team consults with parents to establish wishes and preferences regarding their baby’s routine so that staff are able to create a ‘home from home’ environment.

Caterpillars is the room which caters for the youngest children. We only ever have six babies at a time. Here lots of singing with actions and movement to foster language development and co-ordination is a key component of the day’s fun.

 

Ladybirds (2 years to 3 years)

We offer a range of creative activities, as well as lots of vigorous outdoor play and exploration in Ladybirds for your child  to become an independent, amazing learner. The provision is designed to support all round development, as well as helping to ensure a fun-filled, happy and productive day. It is at this stage that we work in partnership with you to help potty train your child. There are plenty of opportunities for adventuring through the woods, Jubilee Garden and grounds as the children become more physically robust and up for it. We have a dedicated art room too for serendipity, messier and exploratory creative projects.

Dragonflies and Damselflies (3 years to Reception Age)

Two classes run for the final year at Nursery. The Damselflies classroom is accommodated in ‘Splash’ next to the Pre-Prep department and the Dragonflies have their own classroom at the top of the Nursery building. They access Splash regularly to interact with their peers and use the resources there.

Both classes offer exciting, challenging and thought-provoking creative activities. French, Forest School, Music, and Yoga are timetabled weekly and are all run by specialist teachers. In the Lent and Summer terms we increase our contact with the Pre-Prep department and start using the Reception classrooms as part of our transition programme. This helps to ensure a smooth passage from Nursery to ‘big school’.

Claremont School
Nursery & Prep

Ebdens Hill, Baldslow, St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7PW
01424 751555

Claremont School
Senior and Sixth Form

Bodiam, Nr. Robertsbridge,
East Sussex, TN32 5UJ
01580 830396

Claremont School
Clyde House

Clyde Ho/258 Sedlescombe Road North,
Hastings, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 7JL
01424 233000

Claremont School
Pyke House

Claremont Boarding House Upper Lake,
Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AN
01424 775332

Claremont School
French Study Centre

La Maison Claremont,
14 rue de l'arbalete,
62500, St Omer

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