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The Setting


Mission Statement

To provide:

  • A pre-school/nursery experience in a warm and caring home-from-home setting where each child feels safe and secure

  • An inclusive and welcoming setting focused on an acceptance and understanding of each child as the unique person they are and meeting their needs by building a firm foundation and helping them to progress and gain the skills, confidence and self esteem in order to flourish throughout school and life

  • A high-quality enabling environment that offers a wide range of stimulating play and learning activities meeting the prime areas of learning and development set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage and where each child is encouraged to embark on an exciting learning and development journey


Opening hours

07.30-18.00 (Monday - Friday)


Funded Places for:

  • Eligible 2-year olds (15 hours)

  • 3 or 4 year-olds (15 hours)

  • Eligible 3 or 4-year olds (30 hours)

uptake between 09:00-12:00 or 13:00-16:00


Learning and Development Materials

I have an extensive range of resources to meet the play, learning and developmental needs of children under the age of 5 years. These include:  

  • Heurestic play basket

  • Sensory toys for the very young (under 12 months)

  • Puzzles, games, soft toys

  • Imaginative and small world play

  • Early learning

  • Natural world exploration 

  • Arts and crafts

  • Books for all ages 

  • Baking (age appropriate)


Outdoor Play

  • Large rear garden with slide, swings, ride-on toys and a scooter

  • Sand/water play table, large ball pool, tunnel, ‘Build a Den’ and a growing area for fruit and vegetables will be available in spring and summer

  • Close proximity to Charterhouse Park, Glentrammon Park and Priory Gardens



  • Home cooked lunches and two snacks will be available to full-time children (based on the Government’s Healthy Eating Guidelines)

  • Breakfast and tea will be available at an additional cost, if required

  • Funded children will receive a mid-morning snack



This facility is available to/from The Highway Primary School​


What is heuristic play?

When children are involved in heuristic play, they are using familiar objects in different ways. It is the process of exploring the different ways to use the objects that is important in the play.


For babies and toddlers, the approach to heuristic play revolves around them using their senses and exploring a treasure basket filled with real-world objects (excluding plastic) that come from nature and around the house.


It is through handling and exploring these objects that babies and toddlers begin to make their own choices and decisions and start to gain an understanding of the world around them.

Heuristic play:

  • Stimulates creativity and imagination

  • Supports gross motor skills and brain development in infants and toddlers

  • Stimulates multiple senses and critical thinking

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