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Parkside Nursery - a new chapter in your child’s life

Parkside Nursery welcomes children after their second birthday and is the start of the journey for boys and girls as they experience the very best early years education taught by experienced staff in a truly stunning setting.

The Nursery is a safe, secure building with its own fenced-off playground areas, large spacious classrooms, Music Room with an interactive whiteboard and a Library. All children benefit from using the School’s facilities and are taught by specialist staff for gym, sport, swimming, forest school, music and French. Children staying for lunch enjoy the company of the Pre Prep boys in the Salon. We are very lucky that the children perform their Christmas Toy Service and Nativity play with Reception boys in St Mary’s Church; a beautiful church dating back to the late 7th Century, within the school grounds.

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Activities & Communication

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Our experienced Early Years team work together to provide a rich learning environment where children are stimulated and challenged by a variety of experiences both in and outside the classroom. They learn through child-initiated play with a structured timetable, ensuring adult-led activities are planned; and where progress is closely monitored against the early learning goals. We focus on preparation for transition to Reception with secure knowledge in early reading, writing and maths skills, along with an ignited curiosity about the world around them.

The attractive and well-equipped rooms enable us to provide a home-from-home environment where children feel safe, happy and loved. Our ‘open door’ partnership with parents ensures effective communication that is friendly, open and honest and supports children in reaching their potential; socially, emotionally and educationally. With regular communication and feedback through ILD (Interactive Learning Diary) parents are well informed and fully involved in their child’s development and experiences in the Nursery.

All children are allocated a Key Person who provides the comfort and security that helps them to grow in self-confidence. During their time in Nursery, children learn the values of kindness, turn-taking, sharing, gratitude; all culminating in developing positive relationships with both adults and peers. Independence is encouraged by promoting self-help skills in preparation for their school life.


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The morning sessions are 8.30am -12.00pm with a timetable for activities and focused learning in all areas of the Early Years curriculum.

The afternoon session runs from 12.00pm - 3.00pm. This includes lunch, nap time for younger children if needed and an afternoon focused activity which varies every day.

Before going home, the children have snack and story time. We offer a staying for lunch option from 12.00pm - 1.30pm which can be booked on an ad hoc basis. This is often a very helpful tool for developing independence and self-confidence, whilst enhancing and further developing their social skills.


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The transition into Reception is seamless. The boys are given many opportunities to become familiar with the whole School, which includes having lunch with the Pre Prep boys or joining Reception for concerts and special events. Boys have taster mornings in Reception termly so they are familiar with their next teacher and the Pre Prep environment.


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The Early Years Curriculum focuses on the 7 Areas of Learning:

Prime Areas – Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication & Language.

Specific Areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design.

Through well planned learning opportunities children’s individual progress is closely monitored across the Early Learning Goals using ILD (Interactive Learning Diary).

Imaginative play is at the heart of the Nursery; children have the opportunity to develop inquisitive minds and ask questions. Staff plan adult led activities both inside and outside the classroom and there is plenty of opportunity for child initiated learning. Each class has an ongoing theme which changes regularly so children are always excited to learn.  

All children are allocated a Key Person who gives the security that helps them to grow in self-confidence. Your child’s Key Person is always available as a point of contact to discuss your child’s progress.

Social skills are nurtured and developed in each session notably by opportunities to learn through play, during snack time, eating lunch in the main dining hall alongside Pre Prep boys.

We encourage children to be kind, share, take turns and develop positive relationships with both adults and peers. Independence is encouraged by promoting self-help skills in preparation for their school life.

2-3 year olds

Children in this age group attend for a minimum of 2 morning sessions a week. The focus is primarily on the 3 Prime Areas of learning (Personal, Social & Emotional development, Physical Development and Communication & Language). Then, after the 2-year check, all 7 Areas of Learning (Prime and Specific areas) are incorporated in to the daily planning. There are weekly sessions in the gym and sport is taught by a specialist teacher. Children enjoy music and movement, developing their imagination through role play and drama, visiting the library and using the outdoor learning area and exploring the beautiful grounds of the School.

3-4 year olds

Children in this age group increase the minimum number of sessions each term in preparation for Reception.

Autumn Term     - minimum 3 mornings

Spring Term       - minimum 3 mornings and 1 day

Summer Term    - minimum 3 mornings and 2 days

Children in the Owls have weekly swimming, sport, gym, French, forest school and music lessons incorporated into the timetable. They regularly learn songs linked to topics, developing their imagination through role play and drama, visiting the library and using the outdoor learning area as well as exploring the school grounds.

The children have opportunities throughout the week where they can explore learning phonics and numbers through play and adult lead activities.


Stay & Play

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Parkside’s Stay and Play is available to all children who are registered to join our Nursery, and is an opportunity for the children and their parents to become familiar with the school environment and their Nursery teachers. The aim of these sessions is for the children to join their Nursery class already feeling settled, secure and familiar with their new setting.

Stay and Play runs from 9.45-11.00am every Friday during term time, and provides free play in one of our large classrooms, as well as a wide range of activities, including a home corner, painting and messy play. We are also in a privileged position to be able to use the secure Nursery playground and Parkside School’s extensive picturesque grounds for nature walks and outdoor activities.

This is also a wonderful opportunity for adults to socialise and begin to become part of the Parkside Family.

To enquire about Stay & Play, please contact Saskia Hutchings below:


Contact Information

For further information about the Parkside Nursery or the Parent & Toddler Group, or to book your free Taster Session, please email the Nursery Manager, Giulietta Nigrelli

or telephone on 01932 862749 to arrange your free taster session

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