Age Groups

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Ducklings (babies 0-2)


Ducklings are cared for by the same staff each time they attend, forming a bond important to their development and well being.

Your child will have a designated key person to ensure security, reassurance and continuity of care. We will encourage them to explore and discover new and exciting activities including sand, water play, messy and heuristic play, music and dance.

They will flourish in our loving home from home environment. A quiet area for sleeping and resting is always available and your child’s routine is followed. A daily record book is provided to pass information between home and nursery.

Little Ladybirds (2 - 3 years)


The room is divided into 2 to provide a toddler group, our Little Ladybirds, for the babies to progress to around the time of their second birthday.

In Little Ladybirds the children have a slightly more structured routine to their day whilst learning through a wide range of fun activities and experiences planned for their continued learning and development by their key person who will get to know them really well.

One thing we hope you will notice about our nursery is the relaxed friendly atmosphere that we create and this means our children settle in very quickly.

Our Duckling and Little Ladybird staff are not only well qualified to NVQ level3 and higher (2 of our staff team are currently studying for their degrees in Early Childhood Studies) but are also very experienced childcare providers.

Ladybirds & Butterflies (pre-school or ‘main’ room)


As the children approach the term of their third birthday, in discussion with parents and staff, children will start a transition period from the Ducklings/Little Ladybirds Room into our pre-school room.

The Ladybirds are our older 2 years olds, usually in the term of their third birthday. Butterflies are our funded 3 year old children. (Nursery Education Funding, NEF, is available for children from the term after their third birthday.)

In the pre-school room there is a wider focus on specific areas of learning – Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design as well as continuing development in the prime areas.

The pre-school children follow activities from the Letters and Sounds curriculum which is continued in reception class when they start school. A lot of work and care goes into ensuring that the children are prepared for the next step of starting school.

We have excellent links with local first schools and lots of transition activities take place throughout the pre-school year and we aim to work closely with you as parents during this important time.

Before and after school care

If you require extended childcare because of work or other commitments, we offer supervised care for all children who attend Richard Clarke First School. We walk to and from school every day taking the children onto the playground and the reception children into their classroom.

We run a before school ‘breakfast club’ from 7.45 in the morning. After school the children are collected at 3.30 and accompanied back to nursery where they are given a light snack of fresh fruit, toast or home bakes and a drink.

The after school club is run by Hannah Soutar, a qualified and experienced practitioner who plans around the children’s interests to provide a wide range of fun activities for them. Activities include cooking, art, crafts and visits to the park. The children can also choose to play outside, weather permitting, or simply read or chat to friends.

What we offer:
· Supervised ‘walk round’ between nursery and school in the morning at 8.50 am and at 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm pick up times.
· Fun activities chosen and planned by the children under the supervision of fully qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff.
· 4.30-6 pm sessions can be booked on a half termly basis to fit in with the school clubs your child goes to.