Parkside Nursery - a new chapter in your child’s life
Children join our co-educational Nursery from the age of 2+ to become part of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and they then become confident, excited to learn and keen to explore.
Our experienced Early Years team work together to provide a rich learning environment where children are stimulated and challenged by a variety of experiences. Our range of activities during the afternoon enables our Nursery children to experience a broad curriculum.
The attractive and well equipped rooms enable us to provide a home-from-home environment where children feel safe, secure and loved. Our partnership with parents facilitates communication that is friendly, open and honest and supports children in reaching their potential.
Many children begin their early education with us on a part-time basis and extend their attendance each term in preparation for entry to Reception.
What We Do
Imaginative play is at the heart of the nursery; teaching sessions are interspersed with regular breaks, during which the children can run off their energy safely in a fenced, secure play area of their own.
We offer them the space to be children because the development of a child’s social skills is important. Therefore, we encourage the children and reward them for kindness and helpfulness towards one another. Both years spend time together so that the children meet and make friends with children from the other group.
We employ specialist teachers for music, sports, drama, swimming and French. In the final half term, every child also spends time with qualified speech and language coaches to hone their linguistic skills and give them the confidence to participate fully in the life of their pre-prep school.
We hold our own sports day, at which parents are welcome. This encourages friendly competitiveness amongst the children but is mainly an excuse to run around and shout a lot. The River Mole borders the school grounds, which also contain fields and woodland, providing a safe place to find out about nature in all its forms.
The school’s heated, indoor swimming pool is also well-used and the Nursery operates its own swimming club under the supervision of a qualified member of staff.
Art plays an important part in the children’s development and we encourage creativity at all stages of the nursery programme. Each nursery room is full of the children’s art work and we organise exhibitions both in the nursery and in the main school buildings, so that all parents and boys get a chance to see what their siblings and other children in the nursery are doing.
Storytelling and role-play help the children co-operate with one another to create something bigger and more exciting than they would be capable of on their own.
The children love the wide variety of musical opportunities they receive at Parkside; periods each week are devoted to music and movement where balance, rhythm and imagination evolve. Nascent musical talent often comes to the fore at this stage.
Information Technology (IT)
The children take the short walk to the school’s networked computer suite for their regular IT sessions. Time spent here builds numeracy and literacy as well as their budding IT skills.