We pride ourselves on our extensive range of equipment. We believe it is important for our children to explore ‘real’ resources, particularly as we are becoming more eco-friendly and therefore our resources reflect this.
We use natural materials and also recycle old items, to give the children the opportunity to use their own imaginations throughout their play and learning. We do still have plastic toys but we are slowly updating our areas and resources to move away from these resources.
We also have our very own Play Coordinator too who works with the staff and children to explore their interests and create resources to challenge their enquiring minds.
Alongside the above we do also have technology screens in both of our pre-schools and these can be accessed by all. We understand that it is very clear that technology is and will only become more of critical element in our children’s world as they grow and develop and so they should be encouraged to explore and learn its purpose. The children use these screens to share interactive games, research together and display their work.
We are continually rotating and updating our toys to ensure our children have the best learning potential in every area of the nursery. Our children and Key People are able to give suggestions of what new resources they would like, to enhance areas and ensure we are meeting their interests.
All food is cooked in our Woodlands Kitchen with our current high standards and transported over at lunch and tea times.
We are very proud of our large soft play area which incorporates a sensory area with tactile experiences, fibre optic lights and much more to stimulate the mind.
The Play Zone incorporates slides, cubes, ball pit and educational games.
This gives us a unique space for the children to experience, we can either have quiet time or “let off steam”, it is also a great place to fine tune our gross motor skills.
We have large open spaces to provide that much needed running area as well as very carefully thought out hidy-holes for those that want to take the quieter route.
We have our very own climbing wall, sand boat, wooden train and also have a magical fairy house, with glass floor to peek at the fairy village. It provides a versatile space that is in continuous use by all the different ages. A quiet place to share stories, a shelter to have snack and a cosy space for the children to let their imagination run free.
We have built two special hills for our children to challenge their gross motor skills and assess risk. We have a large covered area, so regardless of the weather children can be outside playing.
We have far too many things to boast about and are often criticised for not doing so, however over the years we have added so much that it is really impossible to list them all. We are committed to continually adding items to the play areas.
In addition to the main garden, each Bee group has their own outdoor space to explore. In the Baby Bees they have two outdoor areas that are directly accessible from the bungalow. They have an astro-turfed garden that they are able to access from their big room and a garden in front of their bungalow. The gardens have smaller player equipment specifically for their age group, which allows them to practise their climbing and gross motor skills. It also provides an area for water play and picnics in the warmer weather! Busy Bees have a roof terrace that they can access from both sides of the unit. The roof terrace again has equipment specific to the age group and provides lots of opportunities for the children to run off a little steam and take part in smaller outdoor activities. The Worker Bees have a garden that they can access from their big room. This garden is where they do most of their planting as well as lots of digging and exploring. The Pre-schoolers have planted their own vegetables in their vegetable patch and take great pride in watering them and watching them grow. They also grow some vegetables for our chef to use in his delicious meals. It would be impossible for us to grow the amount of fruit and vegetables we provide to our children without having our own farm. However everything we grow is proudly prepared by the children for their snacks.