Naturegarten Pre-School covers the 2 years before a child starts primary school (they can start any time from the academic year in which they turn 3). Children at Rosebank (a 3-minute walk away) seamlessly transfer to Naturegarten when they’re ready, but we also welcome children from other nurseries, as well as those who will purely be using their 15/30 funded hours per week (Early Education Funding). Pre-school children are split into 2 groups: Kindergarten 1 (where children are turning 3yrs and Kindergarten 2 where children are turning 4yrs). During the day children are organised into one of 3 groups, Forest learners, Robins or kingfishers.
This group has a base room at the back of the building for indoor activities about the natural world and snacks, accessed through the forest area. Children can choose from a variety of child-led activities in the Forest with Forest Practitioners. Included in the Forest is a mini beast exploration area, mud kitchen, climbing wall, bird hide, fruit and veg beds alongside a potting shed. We aim to use as many natural resources for our activities and children spend their days exploring the natural world. Children within this forest group are from both Kindergarten 1 and 2 age groups. Forest learners access the designated gym and yoga area for physical activities, and the starlight room for quieter play and sensory experiences. Those who still need a sleep can curl up in the starlight room; and everyone can access the toilets whenever needed. All Forest Leaners will take part in Early Phonics and Fun with Phonics activities around lunch time. Please have a chat to us if you feel your child is a forest learner.
Robins and Kingfishers
These groups start off in the main area and are separated into key person groups using different parts of the setting (toys, books, messy play, cooking, craft work... its all in a days work). Children follow a loose timetable that includes gym, yoga, messy play, art, craft and ICT. They also partake in a daily phonics session. Following the DfEE Letters and Sounds programme and the Jolly Phonics programme, we focus on 2 letters a week, running activities that help children begin to learn about reading, writing and numbers in the run-up to school. At this stage it’s all about making it fun, so we use song, rhymes, music and movement to support communication and language. Children also follow the British Gymnastics awards programme – a great way to develop the three fundamental building blocks of movement: action, balance and co-ordination. Children take part in a variety of hands on maths activities including language as part of daily routines.
What you can book
- 3-hour sessions (9am–12pm or 12–3pm)
- 4-hour sessions (9am–1pm or 8am–12pm)
- Half days (8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm)
- 6-hour or 7-hour sessions (9am–3pm or 8am-3pm)
- Full days (9am-6pm or 8am-6pm)
- Optional 7.30am early start for and 8.45am early drop off fro an additional fee
- Minimum booking is 2 sessions per week for continuity
- EEF (15/30 funded hours) available for all children aged 3+
- 2 yr funded places can be accessed here for elgible families