At Quinton House School we are proud of our outstanding Early Years Department. Our aspirations are high and we attain levels of achievement often beyond what is expected.
Our approach to tailored teaching and learning and regular monitoring in a supportive family atmosphere will give your child an excellent start to their education at a crucial stage of their development.
At Quinton House School we place great importance on nurturing the whole child; developing a child’s character, nurturing their talents and inspiring creativity. Our aim therefore is to encourage a spirit of enquiry and exploration and to provide an exciting, stimulating and safe environment in which pupils can learn and challenge themselves.
From our accredited on-site Forest School, to our small class sizes, excellent Early Years attainment record and varied enrichment programme, Quinton House School Nursery and Reception provide children with the very best foundation as they embark on their educational journey.
We welcome you to come and look around the Nursery and School and see our thriving community in action!
I look forward to meeting you and your family very soon.
Head of Early Years
Set in 31 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, Quinton House School is the perfect place for your child to begin their educational journey. Our small, friendly Nursery offers flexible provision with both full and part time places available for children aged two and over. We offer term-time and holiday club, providing 42 weeks’ provision through the year.
With a wealth of opportunities offered in a nurturing environment, your child will enjoy an exciting learning programme both inside and outside of the classroom.
Our staff of qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners, led by Nursery Manager Mrs Banyard, work closely with parents to ensure that each child’s individual needs are met in a safe, caring and stimulating environment that exceeds the requirements of the Early Years curriculum. Throughout their time in the Nursery, the children’s progress is monitored, both formally and informally, and parents receive regular reports on their child’s achievements.
From a child’s very first day at Quinton House we lay the foundation for a love of learning that will remain with them throughout the course of their school life, providing a foundation for future success.
The Statutory Framework for The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides the guidance and requirements supporting the learning and development of children in our care. The Framework describes the stages for the development of children (from birth to 5 years of age) and how children’s health, wellbeing and safety are our priority within an environment that provides opportunities to allow them to reach their true potential.
The EYFS is made up of Three Prime Areas of Learning which are:
Communication and Language
Social and Emotional Development
and Four Specific Areas of Learning which are:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The Prime Areas of Learning cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundation for children’s school readiness and future progress. These, along with the Specific Areas, provide a holistic approach to learning.
All areas of learning and development are important and are inter-connected.
Our approach to teaching and learning will give your child an established start to their education at this crucial stage. In Early Years we begin to lay a firm foundation to each child’s development and future learning with a wide curriculum encompassing not only literacy and numeracy skills but a range of other subject areas, including music and sport in Reception.
The benefit of small classes and excellent pupil to teacher ratios means we can focus on teaching within small groups, with clearly differentiated work, to ensure your child is taught at the correct pace for their own ability.
Children enjoy our extensive mature grounds and benefit from ready access to a variety of outdoor spaces including a beautiful woodland space where the natural environment is used as an ‘outdoor classroom’ with our qualified Forest School leader. At Forest School children build independence and confidence by learning a range of skills including den building, making and using tools, and finding and identifying creatures and plants.
In addition to laying the foundations for future academic achievement, Early Years education is also crucial in developing a range of skills including problem-solving abilities, creativity and physical skills as well as fostering a sense of well-being and discovery. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom states that these skills and more can be achieved through learning in the outdoor environment.
Our Nursery provides a happy and nurturing environment in which to prepare your child for life in school and our small classes ensure that he or she receives personal attention at all times.
Our well-equipped and comfortable rooms are the focus for the teaching of early literacy, the Read, Write Inc. (RWI) phonics programme and numeracy as well as the development of physical, social and creative skills. Children are provided with ample opportunity to free flow to our dedicated outdoor learning and play area and once a week Nursery children attend Forest School. We operate a key worker system which allows our team to build a close relationship with each child and their family, enabling us to work closely with parents to plan activities which incorporate children’s interests.
Nursery is a fully-integrated part of our School, giving your child the opportunity to benefit from the extensive range of facilities and extra-curricular activities on offer, including Taekwondo, ballet and yoga. By the end of Nursery children are fully prepared for the transition to Reception and take part in a wonderful celebratory graduation ceremony.
A typical day in nursery is action-packed with a range of activities to take part in and enjoy. We offer morning sessions which run from 8am to 1pm and afternoon sessions which run from 1pm to 6pm.
Enriching young lives by stretching body and mind – that’s how we see the extra-curricular programme at Quinton House School. From Nursery children have access to a range of activities such as:
Great tasting, healthy food is provided by Chartwells, the leading provider of catering and support services to the education sector in the UK. Our Head of Catering goes to great lengths to create nutritionally balanced meals with a wide choice of dishes all cooked on-site.
Our recipes have been nutritionally verified and are specially developed with controlled amounts of fat, salt and sugar to ensure that each child has the correct balance to provide the energy required for a busy day. We can cater for a wide range of dietary requirements. Our catering team would be delighted to answer any queries you may have.
Quinton House School Nursery offers morning (8am-1pm) and afternoon sessions (1pm-6pm).
Subject to availability children can attend any combination* of morning and afternoon sessions. Contact the Admissions Manager on 01604 684828 or firstname.lastname@example.org to check session availability.
From September 2017 children who attend only 15 hours Government funded sessions can attend a FREE PLAY Early Years Foundation Stage session Monday to Friday between 3pm – 6pm. This session does not provide any enhanced specialist teaching and is only available to those children claiming their fifteen free hours who are not attending at any other times of the day. Children who attend the FREE PLAY Early Years Foundation Stage session are not subject to any additional charges, deposits or fees and do not take part in any extra-curricular activities. Afternoon tea is optional. See the fees table below for the cost.
Two year olds are required to attend a minimum of 3 sessions and three and four year olds are required to attend a minimum of five sessions*.
*excludes children attending Government funded hours only.
From September 2017 three and four year olds can claim their Government funded 15 hours at Quinton House School from the term after their third birthday.
Nursery fees will vary depending on whether your child is eligible for the Government funding (from September 2017) and, if so, on the number of weeks in a term. Please see below the termly fees for 2017/2018 before any applicable funding is applied.
Please note that lunch and morning snack are compulsory for morning sessions. Afternoon tea is optional and is available for children whose parents collect after 3.35pm.