Your child’s first day in Nursery is the beginning of an exciting journey of learning, curiosity and discovery, which will help set them up for the rest of their lives.
At Quainton Hall, children are warmly welcomed into our Nursery from age 2½. As soon as they come through our doors they become part of our nurturing community, led by specialist staff who are dedicated to making sure each and every child feels important and loved, enabling them to thrive and flourish every single day.
Fostering a love of learning
The four pillars of the EYFS guide all learning within the Quainton Hall Nursery:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
We offer a rich curriculum, following the guidelines laid out in the EYFS. The majority of activities are practical, to inspire the children and make the learning memorable.
The Nursery timetable includes topic-based activities, Phonics, Mathematics, active learning (child-initiated learning), French, PE, Music, Drama and PSHCE.
During Spring Term our 3-year-olds begin to access our reading scheme in preparation for their transition to Reception. Our early years children make accelerated progress — regularly exceeding EYFS goals — and grow to become creative, confident, compassionate and inquisitive learners. In our environment we never tire of being asked ‘why?’
The tools to succeed
The School’s Nursery is housed in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) building, separate from the main School buildings but with access to facilities and outdoor spaces.
Our Nursery is a calm and safe space, well-resourced and welcoming, fully renovated in the summer of 2018 to create an open-plan environment for our children.
All learning is enhanced by having access to exceptional facilities and learning tools. We have three large Interactive Display Boards, iPads and other ICT resources including programmable Bee-Bots (coding robots) and remote-control vehicles.
There is also a stimulating outdoor area which extends the children’s learning, including a sand and water exploration area, a construction area for large scale models and a stage for our confident young performers.
Your child is unique
Whilst we aim to ensure every cohort of children is ready to enter the start of their schooling in Reception, we never stop treating every child as an individual. At this young age each child progresses in different ways and at different rates, and we pride ourselves on the support and care we offer. Ours is an extended family based upon positive relationships and a keen sense of how each child discovers the world around them and when they need someone to hold their hand along the way.
A culture of care
In Nursery, children are supported at all times by a large number of qualified, creative and dedicated staff, who deliver an exciting learning experience. We maintain excellent staffing ratios and have additional volunteers and support staff throughout the School. In Nursery children also have specialist teachers for French, Music, Drama and Yoga.
“Your enthusiasm, encouragement and support have given our daughter the best possible start. Under your care and attention, she has blossomed into a far more outgoing and confident little person.”A parent
Our partnership with parents
We work hard to form strong partnerships with every parent, as no one knows your child better than you do. Working closely together gives us the detailed information we need to help your child to fulfil their potential.
Parents can talk to staff when dropping off or collecting their child, by sending an email, or through writing in their child’s individual link book. Parents are regularly welcomed into the School for parents’ evenings and to events such as sports day and the Christmas concert.
Our Nursery provides the basis for a long and happy eight years at Quainton Hall.
In the September after their fourth birthday Quainton Hall Nursery children are given priority in moving into the Reception class, where they are joined by children from other nurseries.
The EYFS building also houses the School’s Reception classes. With Nursery and Reception so close to each other we can help guide every child from age 2 to age 5, helping to build their skills and confidence ahead of entering Year 1.
Both EYFS years link with the Pre-Prep and Prep School in many ways such as for assemblies, curriculum events, workshops, sports days, Speech Day and charity events. The Reception and Year 1 staff work closely together to enable the children to have a smooth transition into the Pre-Prep.
Nurture and nourish
The quality of food at Quainton Hall is well known and we pride ourselves on having a catering team working on site and who prepare delicious meals using fresh ingredients. Nursery children who stay all day are all given a healthy School lunch.
A Nursery day
At Quainton Hall Nursery, no two days are the same, with new learning and activities introduced all the time. We ask you to sign up for at least five mornings or afternoons each week, which will allow your child to get the most from their time here with us.
The school day starts at 8.30am for our Nursery and Reception children. They can attend a breakfast club from 7.30am and Reception children can be dropped off in the EYFS outdoor area from 8.15am. The morning Nursery session finishes at 11.45am and the school day finishes at 3.45pm. Our after-school club runs from 3.45pm until 6.00pm.
Morning — 8.30-11.45am
Afternoon — 12.30-3.45pm
All Day — 8.30am-3.45pm
Breakfast Club — 7.30-8.30am
After School Club — 3.45-6.00pm