The Butterfly Nursery is located on the lower ground floor of The Old School and is registered to take up to 32 children between 3 and 5 years at any one time. We are to registered to accept the Early Years Educational Funding available to all children the term after their third birthday and the Extended Entitlement Funding (also known as the 30 Hours ‘Free’) to support children of working families
The Butterfly Nursery aims to provide the highest quality care and education for children from 3-5 years, supporting the holistic development of every child. Working with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum our Butterfly team are able to plan activities and experiences specifically designed to suit each individual child’s needs, whilst offering a balance between child initiated and adult initiated activities.
Our space has been specifically designed to be warm and inviting and engaging to support the learning and development needs of our children. The space is split into two halves by our new internal staircase, the rear of the space we have a home corner where the children can demonstrate through play their knowledge of family life and build relationships with peers, and a flexible indoor physical play area, for those children who are exploring how their bodies work and using large motor skills such as climbing, balancing and jumping. We have also create quiet exploration zones, where children can explore shape, colour, ICT and fine motor skills, as well as a sensory den area and a snuggley book corner.
The front of the space is where our children are able to build, design, make and do. We have a large construction area with large hollow blocks and a range of open ended resources, an exploratory modelling area where children can use their senses to explore a range of materials in play and a busy fixing, making and painting area with easily accessible resources where children can use their imaginations to create and learn new skills with the fine motor equipment.
We encourage our children to be independent in their skills and confident in accessing activities and in challenging themselves to try new skills. We have a special in room kitchenette with low level surfaces so that children can freely access cooking activities and prepare and self-serve their snacks.
Our indoor space opens out into our outdoor environment by large double doors, this space is currently set up by practitioners to mirror the indoor learning environment using specific resources or activities. Sand and water play are always available outside and children are encouraged to free flow between the inside and outside environments and to explore the outdoors whatever the weather, provided appropriate clothing and footwear is provided.
Throughout each day, at specific times, all of our different age groups have the chance to explore each other’s spaces, fully supported by a familiar adult/key person. We have found that this experience is key to children who are transitioning to new space as they become more familiar with the environments and new staff team. This has also proven beneficial in supporting learning and children’s progress as they are mixing with peers and a supported in exploring more challenging resources and experiences, or embedding skills that they already have. For those who have siblings it can a lovely time to connect and have some family time!
The children are very well supported in their learning by a very experienced and highly trained team of Early Years Teachers and Level 3 Nursery Nurses. We also have the benefit of a regular and experienced 1:1 support worker for any children requiring additional support to access the provision and students/apprentices that work above ratio. In the Butterfly Nursery we are able to work with a ratio of 1 practitioner to 12 children, but aim for this to be lower as much as possible.
We observe and track each child’s progress within the curriculum guidance and plan opportunities for each child to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. We focus on celebrating each success and supporting each child in recognising their strengths and taking charge of their own learning journey. Parents are welcome to see their child’s Celebration Book at any time, take it home to share it with the family, or arrange a time to meet with their child’s Key Person to discuss their progress. The Old School fosters a close relationships with all of the local schools and aims to work alongside parents, carers and teachers to support the children’s transition between home, nursery and school.