The Hive

The Hive provides a caring and stimulating environment for 3-4 year olds and is the location for our maintained nursery school, as well as year round childcare.  Working with the Head of Centre, The Deputy Head has fully qualified teacher status and takes the lead on all curriculum issues.  They are supported by our highly experienced and committed team of Lead Practitioners and Early Years Practitioners.

Quotes from our latest Ofsted Report

“The quality of teaching is outstanding across the nursery. The well-qualified staff assess children’s levels of development meticulously and provide an exceptional range of first-class learning experiences. As a result, children are highly motivated, eager to explore and make excellent progress in their learning from their starting points”
“An exceptionally well-established key-person system helps children to form very secure attachments with staff. This promotes children's emotional well-being extremely well and provides a very strong base for their learning”
“Inspirational teaching is evident in all areas of the nursery”
“The teaching staff work together as an extremely effective team. They provide a wealth of experience”

Teaching and Learning in our Nursery School

We want all children in the nursery to find joy in their learning and this involves giving children choices in a carefully planned environment which covers all seven areas of learning as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  
There is a strong emphasis on following children’s interests and we encourage children to become experts on anything they choose.  Early Years Practitioners work closely alongside children and inspire them to research deeply to develop their expertise in chosen areas.
Strong relationships are built between key persons and the children.  These positive relationships give children a sense of security that makes it possible for them to express their excitement and joy of learning.  They also help children feel safe which gives them the confidence to identify challenges and push themselves to their limits and not be afraid of making mistakes.
Teaching and Learning Policy
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”   William Butler Yeats

Each week an overview of the learning opportunities and experiences available to children is sent to parents and placed on the website.

What is the rhythm of the day?

The day is planned to allow the children to enjoy and understand a consistent routine to ensure they get the most out of their time in nursery. This gives each child the independence to make decisions about their learning and where that learning might take them.  All this is achieved with the sensitive support of key persons. Times are planned throughout the day to ensure family groups come together to enjoy group learning.     
View the rhythm of the day

General Information

The best way to see what we can offer is to come and take a look for yourself. Please feel free to contact us for further details. 
We regularly meet with parents to discuss activities we undertake in The Hive and we actively encourage parents to become involved in their child’s learning; taking a forest grab bag home, choosing a book from our well-resourced library, sharing events from home on Tapestry and attending our parent workshops /meetings.  Lead Practitioners are always happy to discuss the curriculum and to explain how we go about helping children to flourish.  All children are allocated a family group and key person, to help each child grow in confidence and to feel secure.
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