Our nursery environment and facilities enable your child to explore, develop and learn. Our Baby, Toddler and Preschool spaces are specially designed and equipped especially with them in mind. You’ll see many familiar homely items such as bookcases, tables, chairs, and sofas just much smaller than you are used to!
We consider the spaces around them to be your child’s third teacher, We consider the spaces around your child to be like their third teacher,notice how we use our garden area as an outdoor classroom too, full of features to support their play and learning. Our Baby, Toddler and Preschool rooms are perfect for the ages of children that spend their time in them.
We are located on a working farm, meaning our children have access to a whole farm and all the adventures that it is able to bring them. Additionally, we have a trained forest school leader in our preschool room to take children on daily forest school sessions and a lead staff member in 2-3’s that has trained in outdoor learning, meaning our older children get to spend lots of time outside learning in our beautiful environment that includes streams, fields, woodland and exploring nature’.
We are extremely blessed that our older children at Astwick are not confined to being inside all day and can run, climb and explore our great outdoors each day. Our little ones go out too, but we don’t take them as far as their little legs get tired, so time outside learning on the farm, increases with their age and energy!
Inside we create a home from home environment – our ethos has influences of Hygge and the curiosity approach to ignite their curiosity to explore and learn and we aim to include the following in nursery:
- Atmosphere – creating a warm, calm and homely atmosphere
- Presence – focus on what they are doing and feeling right here, right now
- Pleasure – activities that are fun and promote happiness and wellbeing
- Equality – sharing and respect for others
- Togetherness – spending quality time together and forming strong bonds
- Gratitude – time to reflect and discuss what they’re grateful for
- Harmony – less focus on competitiveness and instead enjoying playing together
- Truce – learning to play fairly and manage conflict
- Comfort – a comfortable, cosy environment
- Shelter – space to relax or read alone
We incorporate this by adding cosy book dens, real life resources in our home corners and create potion benches and playdough units with herbs, scales and fruits to ignite curiosity and invite play.