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.
Claremont is a dynamic place; we are passionate about providing the best school experience possible, right from the start, so constantly seek ways to evolve and new ideas to embrace. We have developed a popular Sensory Room set in a separate building to the main hubbub of the nursery; here, the colourful bubble tubes and soothing music can provide an oasis of calm and remarkably restful environment or, we can create an interactive experience utilising our superb fibre optics and sensory toys. It is a very special place in which the babies and toddlers can learn and enjoy.
We broaden the curriculum further, through organised sessions with a specialist in PE and music which enriches the children’s development further.
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.
Ducklings and Butterflies
We provide lots of sensory and 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, you will be asked to express your wishes and preferences and to itemise your baby’s regime. Staff will ensure that these routines are followed when caring for your baby in our nursery.
Ducklings is the room which caters for the youngest children. We only ever have six babies at a time. When your child is toddling competently they will progress to the adjacent Butterflies room. Here lots of singing with actions and movement to foster language development and co-ordination is a key component of a day’s fun.
This room has its own self-contained role play area for sensory exploration, excitement and fun. In addition, your child can access malleable play and creative activities daily, as well as weekly cookery sessions and visits to the Little Explorers Sensory Room in our school grounds. Nature rambles and trips to the nearby Jubilee Garden are also regular features of life in Robins.
Plenty of creative activities, as well as lots of vigorous outdoor play and exploration are offered in Hedgehogs as your child becomes more competent at controlling their body. 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.
Investigative, creative play leading to lots of learning through the provision of a fun and stimulating environment both inside and outside is how the Squirrels spend their days. There are plenty of opportunities for getting in the woods, Jubilee Garden and adventure playground as the children become more physically robust and up for it. We have a dedicated art room too for messier and exploratory creative projects.
Kingfishers is a transition class which usually runs for the last half of the academic year. The focus here is on the preparation of your child for entry to their final year in the Nursery as a member of the Badgers or Foxes Class.
Badgers and Foxes
Two classes run for the final year at Nursery. The Badgers classroom is accommodated in ‘Splash’ next to the Pre-Prep department and Foxes have their own classroom at the top of the Nursery building, but 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 PE are timetabled weekly and are all with specialist teachers. Visits to the Sensory Room also continue. 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 to ensure a smooth passage from Nursery to ‘big school’.