Welcome to nursery!
This term is all about settling in, making friends and learning our routines - including frequent hand washing. We have been enjoying digging for worms and learning facts about our wriggly friends; we have been collecting conkers and using conker clamps and palm drills to make necklaces; we have been weeding our raised beds and planting spring bulbs.
Our Outdoor Nursery
Nursery Risk Assessment for re-opening September 2020
At Cherry Hinton Nursery we want children to be happy and engaged. We know that this is how they learn best. We are fortunate to have an expansive nursery garden and a wooded Nature Land where the children can learn through uninterrupted self-chosen play. We believe that most children feel happier and more open to talk when they are outdoors in a natural environment. In our nursery garden the children can play with sand, mud, water and sticks. We actively encourage them to climb trees and build dens and take measured risks. We have qualified fire experts who carefully introduce open fires into our forest-school inspired play. We regularly enjoy building bonfires and cooking over open flames. The children are encouraged to observe and name the trees, plants, birds and bugs in our garden and to notice the seasonal changes outside.
Young children learn through hands-on experiences. We ensure that our children regularly cook, go shopping, grow plants and care for animals. It is important that children are introduced to new experiences too. We have regular visitors to nursery – including musicians, pet owners, artists, craftsmen and women and people who work in the community (postal workers, firefighters, police officers). We also take the children on trips into the local area e.g. to the baker, church, allotments, library, supermarket.
We are proud to serve a diverse community. We currently have 10 different languages spoken in our setting. We encourage language development through visual support and Makaton signing. We want every child to develop a repertoire of nursery rhymes and traditional stories during their time in nursery. Reading is crucial to children’s education and we encourage all parents to adopt the Bath, Book and Bed daily reading routine. The children are encouraged to see themselves as story tellers too, through writing scribed stories in our Class Book and acting out their own dramas on our outdoor stage.
We welcome you to our nursery and hope your child will enjoy a happy and creative time here!
We love our nursery. Our parents love it too! This is what they say...
"Very kind teachers and staff helpful with all my child's needs."
"I love this [outdoor] approach. It leads to loads of formal learning i.e. counting, initial phonic sounds, exploration of the world and investigation of properties of objects and processes."
"We love the fact that our child is able to learn life skills like fire making, problem solving, exercise and academic support."
"So friendly, children love it! Thank you!"
"We love the atmosphere and ethos of the nursery...there is so much outdoor imaginative play and focus on nature, exercise, meditation, healthy eating and being given the freedom to develop interpersonal skills and increasing confidence and independence."
"I think this nursery is simply fantastic and I'm glad our daughter is coming here."
"Excellent learning and child-centred teaching. Friendly staff and a very happy child."
How we learn in Nursery
In Nursery we plan activities in response to children's interests and regularly meet with parents to talk about what they like doing at home. Our plans are very fluid - responding to children's immediate enthusiasms e.g. snails, puddles, something they have found on the way to nursery and can involve impromptu visits to the local shops if the children decide they want to make a cake today and we need to buy the ingredients!
Please see the attached document for more information about how we plan 'in the moment'.