Welcome to Nursery
Our philosophy is to provide the very best in Early Years care and tuition for 2 to 4 year olds.
Children can join our Pre School Nursery from their 2nd birthday, until they start in Reception at 4 years old.
Our Pre School Nursery children learn through a balance of planned teacher led and child-initiated play based activities both indoors and outside. We make learning an adventure, with many developmental opportunities along the way. 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, highly qualified and experienced staff 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 Pre School Nursery years aim to develop children socially, academically and physically in a supportive and caring environment.
Our Pre School Nursery classes are mixed age groups as we differentiate activities and learning, based on individual developmental stages rather than age. This allows our children to experience holistic, limitless opportunities enabling them to flourish at their own rate.
Our dedicated Nursery classrooms have access to a wonderful new, secure outdoor play area with play equipment, sandpit, mud kitchen, forest school area and story corner. Children benefit from other facilities in the school including our swimming pool, sports hall, Prep hall, Prep library, Prep wrap care space and extensive grounds.
Our child-centred curriculum appreciates that each child is unique and aims to nurture happiness and confidence. In our Pre School Nursery, daily planning ensures we meet the individual developmental needs of each child and follow the government’s revised Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. This includes:
- Personal, Social, Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design: Dance, Drama, Art and Music
- Knowledge and Understanding the World
We are able to offer many opportunities as part of our weekly Pre School timetable for a truly enhanced Early Years curriculum: Our Forest School programme, PE and Games, performing arts, library, French and music lessons are all delivered by specialist subject staff throughout the week, during which our children benefit from access to our superb facilities.
Swimming lessons form part of our curriculum offering, with our Pre School children having weekly sessions in our own 25 metre swimming pool.
All of our children also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as ballet, mini tennis and Taekwon-Do sessions.
They enjoy opportunities to join in with the wider school community, taking part in a variety of events across the school which builds confidence and eases their journey into Reception. These include the Nativity play, swimming gala and Sports Day.
We provide a steady routine for your child in our Pre School nursery. To assist us with this we ask that parents commit to a minimum of three sessions per week, moving up to five sessions per week from the academic year that they turn 4 years old (the year before they are due to join Reception).
We offer sessions as morning sessions (including lunch), afternoon sessions, or a full day.
Morning Session: 8.20am - 12.30pm (including lunch)
Afternoon Session: 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Our Nursery is term time only, following the same term dates as the school.
Morning wrap care runs from 7.30am, before a morning session. After school wrap care runs until 6.00pm. Wrap care facilities include a well-equipped wrap care room with free flow, secure outdoor play area and dedicated staff.
Timings of the Day
8.20am - 8.40am - Self-registration and soft start: child-initiated learning (Busy Time!). Early drop off facilities are available from 7.30am (extra charges will apply).
8.40am - 10.25am - Carpet Time followed by free flow ‘Busy Time’ in the indoor and outdoor environments, tailored adult led learning, Specialist Subject teaching
10.25am - 10.40am - Snack time
10.40am - 11.30am - Free flow Busy Time in the indoor and outdoor environments, tailored adult led learning, Specialist Subject teaching
11.30am - 12pm - Lunch
12pm - 12.30pm - Carpet Time (songs and stories)
12.30pm - Pick up from morning session
12.30pm - 3.30pm - Free flow ‘Busy Time’ in the indoor and outdoor environments, tailored adult led learning, Specialist Subject teaching. Snack time is from 2pm - 2.15pm.
"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"