The Little Foresters nursery has its own purpose built classroom and outdoor area. This classroom is linked to the reception classroom in our early years unit. The links with the reception classroom along with access to the school facilities ensure the children are familiar and confident in their surroundings before they start school.
In addition to the classroom the Little foresters also have access to the forest school area. This allows the children to learn vital skills (both physical and social) giving them the confidence to become independent and motivated learners when they start reception year.
One of the features that makes our nursery unique is that we have a fully qualified teacher leading the Little Foresters. Alongside this we have a support staff with years of experience in caring for young children. Our Forest School sessions are led by a fully qualified Forest School Leader.
Our Partnership with Parents
We truly value the relationships we build with parents and families and we encourage parents to be a part of their child’s education. To foster this culture and forge strong links we:
Offer settling sessions
Have a “key worker” system in place
Use online learning journals
Publish regular newsletters (including curriculum and activity information)
Offer parents consultation to discuss their child’s progress
We can take children from the term of their third birthday (2 years and 9 months+). Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Transfer to school
The September following your child’s 4th birthday they will transfer to Primary / Infant education. Most children go on to attend Western Downland. Children are admitted to Western Downland in accordance with the admissions arrangements (see admissions page). Please be advised that admission to the Little Foresters Nursery does not mean automatic admission to Western Downland School.
Clothing and Footwear
We want your child to have lots of fun at nursery and become a confident and independent learner. We do lots of exploring and hands-on activities, both indoors and outdoors your child may get messy!
Your child will need to wear appropriate and manageable clothing and footwear. Although not compulsory, we do offer a Little Foresters uniform, available through Wovina. This can continue being used for Forest School when children enter Reception.
Snacks and Lunch
During the morning and afternoon sessions children will be provided with a healthy snack. Our in school catering team offer the opportunity for our nursery children to have a hot meal at lunch time (at a small cost). We offer a varied, healthy and well-balanced menu and there is always a meat and vegetarian option available. We also welcome bringing home packed lunches, but please ensure these are nut free.