The Nursery at Darlinghurst
At Darlinghurst Nursery, we provide a nurturing and caring environment for 3 and 4 year olds which allows and encourages all children to develop holistically.
We offer a term-time nursery that runs two 3 hour sessions a day: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Children are able to attend five 3 hour sessions a week, in either the morning or the afternoon.
The children are able to take part in a wide variety of play experiences that enable them to develop the skills they need to become independent and have a positive image of themselves and others, regardless of colour, creed, religion, disability or gender.
Our nursery is not just on the Darlinghurst site, it is an integral part of the school, which is of great benefit to the children. We pride ourselves in our close work with the Reception teachers, which gives our children a great head start in their school career. We also get to use all the facilities the school has to offer too: we enjoy PE in the hall, we have lots of amazing outdoor facilities including an astroturf area and we even have toasted marshmallows in Hagrid's hut!
Because of this familiarity, school isn't a scary place but somewhere our children feel safe, secure and happy. In fact, being positioned in the Early Years block, in between the Reception classes, our children are literally next door when they start school so "big school" is not a big deal.
We offer a broad and fun curriculum which the children love. The children enjoy Jolly Phonics sessions where they learn the initial sounds and we have Maths Mastery sessions learning days of the week, months of the year, numbers, shapes and colours. These are very brief but fun and informative sessions where the children learn through songs and repeated refrain. We also run a library in Nursery, enabling children to have access to a variety of books in school and at home to foster a love of reading.
Parental involvement is of upmost importance to us and we encourage it as often as possible in Nursery. Each child's work is shown in their Learning Journeys, which follow them through their time in Nursery. We hold two stay and play sessions a term, a time at pick up and drop off sessions for parents to talk about their child's progress and to look through their Learning Journey. Parents are also encouraged to fill in 'Wow' moments to enable children to talk to us and their friends about their home, in their school environment. The five Nursery staff within the setting work closely within the EYFS Development Matters Framework to show progress throughout their time with us.
We have a very fun and safe outside space including the Nursery garden which we share with the Reception classes, and our own courtyard where sand and water play take place daily. We have music lessons once a week with the school music teacher, Mr Moore. The children love learning about different instruments, how music makes us feel and what different sounds instruments make.
If you would like to know more, please contact Miss Walton on 01702 719746.