Nursery

NURSERYFeeling settled

Our educational approach

A bilingual curriculum

Sharing your child´s experience

Mealtimes

A Typical Day

Ages: 3 mths to 3.5 years old.

Opening Times: 7.30am – 6.00 pm.

Full and part time places available.

Feeling settled.

We want our learning community to be a happy, safe and engaging place for our children, hence, your child´s happiness is our main objective. We will work closely with you to help your child settle into our nursery.

Prior to your child/children's first day you can visit our learning community as often as you feel is needed for you and your child to feel comfortable. Once children start parents are invited to stay as long as is needed for their children to feel happy and settled in our Nursery. We want you and your child to feel at home in our learning community, that´s why we don´t rush parents/carers out and always have tea, snacks and a comfortable sofa available for parents and carers to have a chat with our staff about their children.

Our fantastic, dedicated and professional Nursery team at Alexandra Park Children´s Learning Community includes qualified teachers, Early Years graduates, artists and Early Years practitioners with up to 18 years experience working with babies and young children. Your child’s safety is paramount to us and all our staff are trained in Health & Safety and First Aid and follow policies and procedures in relation to these areas at all times.

 Our educational approach.

We follow the Reggio Emilia approach, an educational approach that has been successfully developed by schools in the Reggio Emilia region in the north of Italy, the approach is internationally recognised all over the world. We also comply with the Early Years Foundation Stage – the compulsory UK national guidance to work with children from birth to 5 years of age.

We believe that all children, even when they are babies, have the capacity to elaborate their own theories and ideas about the world through their relationships with other children and adults. That´s why we are constantly observing what interests your child has and helping him/her to elaborate on them, to play and explore by themselves or with other children, always with the constant, sensitive help and attention of our learning facilitators.

We have in residence a full time artist who makes sure every child has all the materials and the help they need to carry out their chosen projects, helping them to express themselves in one or more of the 'hundred languages' (Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia approach) that children have beyond speech and writing.

Babies are provided with suitable materials to explore and express themselves and toddlers have free access to an art workshop (atelier) where they can choose different art and recycled materials by themselves and explore with them.

A bilingual curriculum.

We chose Spanish because it is the second most spoken language in the world and we believe that learning a second language gives our children the best start in life, not just because it opens more opportunities for their future, but because speaking two or more languages is very beneficial for the development of the brain and for establishing different neuronal connections.

We have now put together a team of Teacher qualified native Spanish speaking staff, who deliver our curriculum in Spanish and promote the Spanish language, literature and culture. 

Sharing your child´s experience.

You will be able to follow your child/children´s learning journeys daily by having full access to the extensive documentation efforts of our artist and learning facilitators.

Children’s learning journeys are clearly displayed in their classrooms so as learning facilitators, parents/carers and children themselves can celebrate and assist in documenting their experiences so far and make connections to other areas of learning to explore next. The information contained in this important piece of visual/auditory documentation is recorded in many ways, photographs, paintings, drawings, quotes, films and sound recordings.

Mealtimes.

Mealtimes are central to our day in Alexandra Park Children´s Learning Community.

We serve breakfast each morning, consisiting of healthy choice cereals and milk. Our in-house Chef prepares from scratch, using fresh produce two main meals, in addition two healthy snacks are prepared by children and learning facilitators jointly. We all, adults and children prepare the table and sit together to eat and share our ideas and experiences of the day. Please click here to see our menu for the next two weeks.

A Typical Day

A typical day at Alexandra Park will involve a mixture of structured activities and moreover, child initiated activities commonly participated in with small to medium sized collective groups of babies and/or toddlers.   Gentle activities such as group reading, singing/rhyme,Yoga music and dancing will be available for children to access and will compliment project based learning activities.  The Toddlers and Pre-School children take part in two 'group time' sessions each day where singing, rhyme and games compliment discussion, with the intention of developing listening and communication skillls, sharing thoughts and ideas and practicing 'taking turns'.

In collaboration with our resident artist, learning facilitators/key workers sensitively follow babies and children’s lead with regards project based activities.  Adults help facilitate children's interests and ideas using creative avenues to assist children in expressing themselves and extending their learning.