Learn and develop. . .
Bluebells Nursery School offers many opportunities for children to learn and develop, encompassing all principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Seven Areas of Learning. We are also happy to provide extra curricular activities including French lessons and Teddy Tennis.
We support the Areas of Learning in many different ways. Below are a few examples of how the areas are incorporated into our day.
SEVEN AREAS OF LEARNING
We encompass all principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Bluebells Nursery School helps children to take their first steps towards independence in a warm and secure environment. When joining us at Bluebells children create an ‘All About Me’ book in which they write about their favourite things such as families, foods and likes and dislikes. It is lovely to see the children share their books with teachers and friends, helping them to feel part of the school community. Each child is given their own peg labelled with their name and a picture on which to hang their belongings.
Communication and Language
Within this area of learning the children are helped to discover different ways to communicate with their peers and teachers such as; singing, role-play, storytelling, circle time and show and tell. In order to lay the foundations for early reading we use the Jolly Phonics scheme. This programme is designed to introduce phonics in a fun and stimulating way. Children are encouraged to make their first steps in writing in a variety of ways. We ensure mark making materials are readily available e.g. pencils, crayons, chalks, paintbrushes and a natural selection of mark making resources.
Bluebells Nursery School provides children with a wide range of activities to help develop their gross and fine motor skills. In our garden children are able to use bikes, pushchairs, balls to catch throw and kick and also develop their sense of balance. Parachute activities and climbing equipment is also utilised to help development in this area. During topics such as ‘My Body’ children are able to discuss how to keep healthy and how exercise affects our bodies.
Within this area of learning the children are helped to prepare for reading and writing. We provide a language rich environment giving many opportunities for speaking and listening, sharing ideas and feelings. There is constant access to a diverse range of books that can be explored by children during the session. We introduce the sounds and shapes of letters using dry wipe books, the interactive whiteboard, phonic books and sandpaper letters.
We incorporate this area of learning into our daily routine within the setting in a number of ways. During role-play in the home corner children are able to ‘work in a shop’ – exploring money, numbers and shapes. In the construction area whilst children enjoy building towers and rockets they are also exploring patterns, measurements and sizes. Through music and dance children gain an understanding of counting and numbers.
Bluebells Nursery School aims to stimulate children’s curiosity about their surroundings. Topics such as animals and space open the way for discussion and investigation about the world around them. Fun activities are planned around topics for example a trip to the zoo to look at different animals or creating our own rocket ships to fly to the moon. Children are provided with experiences through practical activities such as growing our own vegetables and herbs in our garden and creating a mini beast habitat. The children will have access to an interactive whiteboard, giving them the opportunity to explore technology in a fun an exciting way.
Expressive Arts and Design
At Bluebells Nursery School we encourage and support children to express themselves through experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques such as collage, painting, messy play, sticking and printing. Through music and movement children are able to explore and investigate sounds; they may make their own music by using different instruments or even explore the different ways in which they can move their bodies to the beat. Role-play helps to stimulate children’s imaginations – our home corner can be used for many different scenarios such as a hairdresser, garden centre, pet shop or even a fire station.
WHAT PARENTS SAY
Testimonials about Bluebells Nursery School
“My Son started in September and he absolutely loves it. My husband and I are also very happy as he settled in so quickly. He can’t wait to run in every morning and has the biggest smile on his face when I pick him up, chatting about all of the things he has learnt and done each day. Staff are friendly and caring and the facilities are great”.
“After seeing a few nursery schools in my area, Bluebells stood out from the first moment. The atmosphere is relaxed and the headmistresses are very friendly and welcoming. I like the open space and the location close to Battersea park. The school is very flexible regarding the attendance of your child (if you have to travel a lot for business and are away a bit). Our daughter always likes to go there. Bluebells Nursery School is perfect for us.”
“Bluebells Nursery makes my heart sing! It’s a wonderful place. I feel like my son Oliver is safe and happy when he runs off to school every morning. It’s the kind of place where you know that your child is learning but also being really cared for, wrapped up in a warm embrace with his friends. Joanna and Kate are both so lovely and welcoming. They have children of their own and quite clearly have a winning formula for looking after little ones. I couldn’t recommend Bluebells highly enough.
The days seem well structured and all of the activities have educational value. The staff have such an interest in the children and keep parents in the loop with weekly reports. Bluebells is a magical place, a real gem of a find in Battersea.”
“As a seasoned mother of Bluebell’s pupils I can highly recommend this wonderful gem of a nursery school. In fact if it was open to adults I don’t think I would leave! Located right next to Battersea Park, Bluebells is a charming, light and airy nursery with a beautiful secret garden that the children can play and learn in a safe environment.
There is plenty of room to run, play and grow. As well as good old fashioned play the children learn hugely valuable skills and values that will equip them for school. Bluebells successfully places children annually at the local independent schools such as Thomas’s Battersea, Newton Prep, Hill House etc.”
“Both my son and daughter have gone to Bluebells. The teachers are so kind, attentive and nurturing to all of the children and their families. They have created a wonderful homely learning environment where my children have thrived! During their time at Bluebells I have watched their self confidence and social skills develop with ease.