At Ramillies Nursery we aim to give your child the best start in life. There are three departments, Babies, Toddlers and Early Years, and we are open weekdays from 7.30am to 6.00pm, 50 weeks of the year. We try to be as flexible as possible offering term-time placements to children who have older siblings in full time education and whose parents would benefit from this arrangement. We also offer full days, half days, mornings or afternoons, and have a breakfast club starting at 7.30am.
The Nursery School Day
7.30 – 8.00 Breakfast club in baby nursery. Breakfast is provided
8.00 – 9.00 Free play
9.00 – 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 9.45 Snack time
9.45 – 11.00 Focused and child initiated activities
11.00 – 11.30 Outdoor play / free play / story time
11.30 – 12.30 Lunch time
12.20 – 1.00 Outdoor play / Free play
1.00 – 1.30 Registration
1.30 – 2.30 Focused and child initiated activities
2.30 – 3.00 Snack time
3.00 – 4.00 Free play
4.00 – 4.30 Afternoon tea
4.30 – 6.00 Child initiated activities / outdoor play
Our experienced and qualified staff provide a stimulating, exciting, caring and secure environment for children aged 6 months to 5 years. We take great pride in offering high standards of care, so that parents can be confident that their children are well looked after, whilst receiving a good start to their education
We believe that all our departments are important and have tried to create a bright and stimulating environment, starting with a cozy, homely feel for our babies and progressing gradually to a more classroom style setting for our Early Years children. This is to ensure that there is an easier transition when starting nursery to leaving to go to school. Each department has an outdoor learning area, with toys and equipment, which can be used all year round. The children’s work is displayed throughout the Nursery rooms so that parents can see what their child has accomplished during structured activity sessions.
There is a Teddy Bears Picnic held annually in July and this is a fun day for both the children and their family members. It gives parents the opportunity to meet one another and see their children interact with their peers. Themed Fun Days are held throughout the year which enable the children to experience different activities, fancy dress and a whole new way of learning.
We believe that memories of your children and their achievements are important and therefore try to capture those precious moments in photographs which are added to your child’s online learning journey. We also arrange for a professional photographer to come in twice a year for both individual and group portraits.
Learning at Ramillies Nursery
From joining our Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, where the children are encouraged to learn by playing, exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking both indoors and outdoors, allowing them to understand the world around them. Ongoing assessments and observations are carried out to ensure every child is getting the most out of the learning experience and to give them a head start in their educational development. When they are ready, the children progress from Babies to Toddlers, then to Early Years.
In Early Years, the children are familiarized with basic Numeracy and Literacy. To help develop vocabulary and coherent sentences we encourage the children to take part in structured activities such as role play. Our children use Jolly Phonics, which is an enjoyable way for them to learn letter sounds and gives a good basis for the children to start learning to read.
Even at this early age, our children have the benefit of specialist teachers in Music, at the start of Early Years, and French for the final year before starting school. In our Early Years and Toddlers departments there are an interactive whiteboards. These give the children the opportunity to absorb information in multiple formats and is a great multi-sensory approach to learning. Visual learning helps to increase retention and synthesis of information. Children are given the chance to experiment spontaneously, expressing their imagination with the different interactive activities available. The Early Years children are also given the opportunity to take part in productions enabling you, as proud parents, to see them perform.
Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day. Our catering team produce nutritional, home-cooked food. We take into account different dietary requirements, be it for religious or health reasons
Transition from Nursery to School
By the end of their time in Early Years, the children have gained in self-confidence and maturity, and they are ready for the more formal routine of school. We have established links with the local primary schools and invite the teachers to visit the children in the setting, this enables us to pass on the information and assist children with their transition to school. For those wishing to move up into our Junior School, a transition period is arranged in order for the change from Early Years to Key Stage 1 to be as seamless as possible. Please see our Junior School page for more details.