Birth to 5
Our nursery is divided into four main rooms, all of which are designed to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage
The nursery is complemented by a large state-of-the-art outdoor play area that was purposely built with the different stage of a child’s development in mind. We also have an outdoor free-flow area which is sheltered so the children can play outside whatever the weather and we also recently created a ‘construction’ area which is perfect for role-play.
The aim at High Bank is to create a fun, homely environment where children are given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. As a parent you have an important role to play in your child’s development, so we keep you fully informed of your child’s progress at all stages. We encourage you to join in with events and activities, including trips, and formal open evenings. You are more than welcome to discuss aspects of your child’s nursery experience with us at any time. Our door is always open to you.
Little Lambs 1
Our baby room, known as Little Lambs 1, at High Bank has its own integrated facilities, including high chairs and cots. Adjoining the main room is a separate quiet sleeping area so your child can sleep peacefully and not be disturbed by those who are awake.
All the equipment and resources in the baby room have been specially chosen to help your baby’s stages of development. At this stage the emphasis is very much on play, but learning experiences are introduced in a subtle way to allow your child to flourish during the vital years of discovery.
When your child starts in the baby room, with your help we create a learning journey book for them. At this stage the book allows us to get to know your baby’s likes and dislikes, any special dietary requirements, allergies and any other information that will help us to make your child’s transition to nursery as comfortable as possible. It also allows us to make any particular observations, such as when they started to crawl or stand up for the first time.
At the end of each day, when you come to pick your child up, you will receive a daily report, detailing important information such as their sleep time, what they ate and when their nappy was changed.
When your child is ready to progress to our Tweenie room, the room leaders meet and a ‘moving rooms’ form is filled in to enable a smooth transition.
Little Lambs 2
Our Tweenie room, known as Little Lambs 2, at High Bank is large and spacious. Your child will move to this room once we decide, with you, that they are physically and emotionally ready.
The focus of the day is play and more learning experiences are introduced at this stage. Activities are designed to offer the opportunity for your child to explore large movements, vision and manipulative skills, hearing and speech and social and spontaneous play.
There is a quiet area within the room for your child to sleep and this is generally done as a group to ensure everyone gets the rest they still need at this stage in their life.
Children eat their meals together and begin to learn how to use cutlery and display appropriate table manners.
Staff continue to fill in your child’s learning journey booklet and note any observations related to their development. You receive an update via your daily written report, as well as any verbal feedback that staff can provide.
When your child is ready to progress to our Toddler room a moving rooms form is completed and the room leaders undertake a detailed handover prior to this move.
Our Toddler room, known as Little Ducklings, caters for children who are maturing and at this stage of their nursery life we are able to introduce more educational-based activities, with the emphasis still being very much about having fun.
The children begin learning some very important lessons, such as imaginative play, and a wide range of themed activities are designed to aid their development and prepare them for their final move with the nursery – to pre-school.
We want to give your child the very best possible start to their education so detailed planning goes into ensuring that the learning environment meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
By this stage your child’s learning journey booklet is starting to become very comprehensive, with various observations being carried out to ensure your child’s development continues at pace.
You are kept updated via the daily report sheets and through interaction with staff. When your child is getting ready to enter our pre-school room they will initially have ‘trials’ to introduce them to the room and the older children, so by the time the day comes for the final move, they are more than ready to take their final steps within the nursery.
Our Pre-School room, known as Little Chicks, is a large room and at this stage in their development it is all about readying the children for school. The room has a separate ‘Learning Lodge’ which is designed to simulate a classroom environment to prepare the children for school. This includes a computer, an interactive whiteboard, projector, reading area and quiet area.
Our highly qualified Early Years Foundation Stage Professional has an important role to play in ensuring your child follows a carefully planned curriculum that will allow them to develop their skills in the seven key elements of learning and development, which are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design.
Your child’s learning journey booklet is by now full and prior to them leaving the nursery this will be shared with the school you have chosen. We also encourage teachers to come to the nursery to discuss ‘big’ school with the children, as well as organising visits to schools so the children can experience it for themselves.
We recognise the move from nursery to school is a big step, but with the detailed planning and implementation involved in all aspects of your child’s life at High Bank, we know we are giving them the best possible start.