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Ramillies Hall Nursery

Ramillies Hall

Nursery

Ramillies Hall Early Years department

Led by an Early Years Teacher and a Level 4 qualified practitioner, our Early Years Department is housed in the Former Ramillies School buildings, which have been remodelled to provide a warm and welcoming, stimulating environment where we teach and care for our 3 and 4 year olds.

The building is entered via a large cloakroom where children store their belongings and change into their indoor shoes.  They then make their way up the stairs to enter the department to be greeted by practitioners and where they self register on our welcome board before heading off to play.

Our Early years department comprises a series of rooms, each with a distinct feel.  Two large playrooms offer opportunities for children to construct with small and large construction equipment, investigate displays, play with small world toys, use our interactive whiteboard to play educational games or for guided internet research or take part in sensory activities.  There is also a small gathering room used for small group or one to one activities as well as for gathering the whole group together to celebrate birthdays and achievements, to introduce topics with the help of the whiteboard, to have a good singsong or to  do circle activities.  Many of these circle activities are led by our Emotional Wellbeing Co-ordinator and explore emotions, feelings, behaviour, golden rules and social aspects of our lives.

Around the corner is a beautiful library where children can of course enjoy a huge range of books, both fiction and non fiction,  use the computers, play games, take part in Letters and Sounds Groups and tell their own versions of stories using story sacks and baskets and our puppet theatre.

Finally our large creative room offers opportunities for painting, collage, model making, using  playdough and exploring other sensory materials.   Adjacent to the art room is the toilet room with 4 child size toilets and sinks to encourage independence.  Linking the rooms at this end of the building is a Mark making corridor where children can practise large scale drawing and writing on our large black board, white board, or to use magnets on the magnetic board.

Our Early years children also spend a lot of time outdoors, using the large well equipped garden, visiting the field or going on local walks.   The routine in the Early Years Department is a balance of child initiated and adult led activities and play.  Children have plenty of opportunity to explore the rooms and the exciting range of activities on offer, but there are pause points during the day where children take part in adult led activities either in a large group such as for physical activities including yoga, or small groups.  Small groups can mean they are with other children in their Key Group but we also group children by their stage of development for some activities such as Letters and Sounds.