Life in our Little Ed’s Nursery is certainly fun, busy and diverse. We offer a wide range of activities and experiences. Unlike many Nurseries, our Little Ed’s children benefit greatly from weekly visits from the Prep School and Senior School Specialist Teaching staff who lead sessions in French, Sport, and Music. The children also regularly access areas of the school such as the ICT suite, DT workshop, Drama studio and, of course, the stunning woodland and grounds.
We are also joined by ‘Pyjama Drama’ every Friday and enjoy visits from professional drama workshops, ‘Zoolab’ and an Animal Petting Farm, which are regular calendar highlights.
Throughout the year the children are involved with whole school events too including The Nativity, World Book Day and charity events. Not forgetting of course their own EYFS Sports Day and ‘Muddy Puddle Walk ‘in the lent and Summer Term.
Being outdoors is a big part of life in the Early Years at St Edmunds. Our ‘free flow’ learning environment makes full use of an undercover decking area all year round, as well as our own specifically designed garden. We regularly go off on walks around the grounds and enjoy ‘learning outside the classroom’ sessions in the woods, using our forest school knowledge and skills with the children-whatever the weather!
Our Little Ed’s Nursery also welcome the world renowned “Bach to Baby” concert series to the school each term where our children and visitors from the community enjoy a morning of classical musical performed by a host of professional musicians – a definite favourite on our termly calendar.
Furthermore, we are incredibly proud of our pioneering partnership with Huntington House, a residential care home in Grayshott. Our children visit the residents every Wednesday morning where they read stories together, play games and more often than not, enjoy a singsong and dance. The positive interaction between the different generations has been the subject of many documentaries and research over the past year which is what inspired our Head of EYFS, Karen Bailey to contact nearby Huntington House.
Charlie Hoare, Managing Director at Huntington House commented, “The children’s visits have been an instant hit with our residents. There is fundamental evidence that by combining the two generations within a social setting can seriously reduce the levels of loneliness and depression amongst the elderly, whilst at the same time encouraging the children to interact and be comfortable with older people broadening their understanding of their community. There is no doubting the Little Ed’s visits are a highlight of the week here now!”
Please click here to view BBC Surrey’s coverage of our pioneering partnership.