Meet the Team
Welcome to Nursery
We provide an adventurous, outdoor-based, experience-rich setting. We work with you and your child to ensure that they are happy and thriving in our nursery. We have frequent formal and informal meetings with parents to support all aspects of your child's development. The photos below will give you an idea of the type of exciting, hands-on play and learning that children enjoy in our nursery.
We work closely with the Reception class teaching team to prepare your child for their next steps.
At Cherry Hinton Nursery we want children to be happy and engaged. 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 build dens and take measured risks. We carefully introduce open fires into our forest-school inspired play and 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.
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 many languages spoken in our setting. We encourage language development through visual support and Makaton signing.
We welcome you to our nursery and hope your child will enjoy a happy and creative time here!
Spring 1 2022
This term we will be welcoming our new starters to nursery. In the first few weeks we will be focusing on settling the children and learning our class routines and the three key rules: tidy up, walk indoors and be kind to your friends. These are great to practice at home too!
We encourage our children to be as independent as possible and a key part of this is being able to manage their own clothing.
As we go outdoors a lot, your child will be putting on their wellies, coat, scarf and gloves several times a day. We will be encouraging them to do this all by themselves. It can take quiet a long time but it's a great achievement!
Our first Core Books this term is Little Red Riding Hood. We will be learning the story and re-telling it ourselves through acting and drawing.
We will post information regularly on Tapestry, so that you can see what we have been up to in nursery and how best you can support your child's learning at home.
Scroll down to the bottom to find some useful links.
We have some helpful videos on Tapestry. You can also check Tapestry to see the core books and songs we are exploring.
Availability of Nursery places
Nursery is full until September 2022
Children can join the nursery in the term after their 3rd birthday All 3 and 4 year olds have access to the ‘universal entitlement’ of 15 free hours of nursery education. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may also have access to the ‘extended’ entitlement of 30 free hours of nursery education.
If you would like to be on a waiting list please contact the school office.
If you are interested in a place from September for the academic year 2022-23 details will be available from May 2022 so please call the school office from May onwards 01223 568834
Further information about extended entitlement is available from the Council’s website:
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."