Nursery and Transition
Our philosophy is to provide the very best in Early Years care and tuition.
From September 2020, children can join our Nursery and Transition in the term they turn 2.5 and 3 years old respectively. However, from September 2021 we will only accept children after their third birthday.
Our Nursery and Transition children learn through a balance of planned and child-initiated play based activities both indoors and outside. Above all, the aim is for the children to enjoy their learning, therefore making the transition from home to school a happy experience.
Class numbers are kept intentionally small thus enabling our wonderful teachers to give an exceptionally high quality of care. The children are given well planned learning experiences that help develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across all areas of the foundation stage.
The School Environment
Children thrive when they are confident and happy. The Radnor House Sevenoaks Nursery and Transition years aims to develop children socially, academically and physically in a supportive and caring environment.
In our Nursery and Transition, your child will flourish and will be encouraged to learn through play, being given every opportunity to develop at their own pace. Daily planning ensures we meet the individual developmental needs of each child and closely follow the government’s guidelines for the Foundation Stage Curriculum. This includes:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Sessions and Timings
In order to ensure a smooth passage from our Transition to Reception Class, from September 2020 our transition children are able to attend 5 mornings a week and can opt-in for additional afternoon sessions at a pace they and you are comfortable with.
8.20am - 8.40am - The day starts with parent drop off and registration. (Early drop off facilities are available from 7.30am. Extra charges will apply.)
8.40am - 11.30 - A typical day would look like the following ...
9.10 – CIRCLE TIME – This is part of the daily routine when all the children and staff meet together to do action rhymes, sing songs, exchange news and have stories.
9.25 – PLANNING TIME – The children make choices and decisions about where they would like to work and how they are going to do it, these ideas/plans are encouraged and supported by the teachers.
9.35 – WORK TIME – The children are encouraged to do whatever activities they have planned and at this time are free to work in all areas of the Nursery and Transition, exploring materials, learning new skills and trying out their ideas. This is all achieved through well-planned play.
10.15 – TIDY UP TIME – The children tidy away materials they have been working with. This is a valuable learning experience for children, it develops their self-help skills and a sense of responsibility for their environment as well as encouraging them to co-operate with and help others.
10.25 – SNACK TIME – The children are given fruit and milk snacks (all dietary needs are taken care of.)
10.40 – SMALL GROUP TIME – This is part of the daily routine which includes activities that have been planned for the children by staff. The children will work in groups with carefully selected materials which will help them to develop a learning key experience towards the Early Learning Goals.
11.00 – OUTSIDE PLAY – This is a time when all the children go outside and explore and investigate the outdoor learning environment, developing their skills of knowledge and understanding of the world. It also helps to develop the children’s physical skills.
11.30 – LUNCH TIME. All pupils enjoy lunch in our dining hall. The menu is extremely varied with children being able to choose from a wide variety of hot and cold food, freshly prepared on-site each day.
12.00 –12.30 OUTSIDE/INSIDE PLAY
12.30 PARENT PICK UP
12.30 -3.30 AFTERNOON of child initiated play, arts and crafts and story time.
We are delighted to be able to offer additional specialist teaching as part of the weekly timetable, including PE, French, Music, Performing Arts, Forest School and Swimming.
Nursery and Transition children also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities throughout the week (additional charges apply) including Ballet, Taekwondo and Mini Tennis.
"The first thing you notice when you walk in is the genuinely warm and caring staff who make the whole thing feel very much like an extension of the family"