Our EYFS Unit comprises Nursery and Reception aged children (2-5 years old). There are two home bases, Caterpillars and Orange Tips.
Children start and end the day in these bases but throughout the day enjoy free flow between all of the rooms and the outside area.
The unit is run by teachers and Early Years Practitioners:
Miss Rhiannon Leek: EYFS Teacher
Mrs Andrea Chapman: EYFS Teaching assistant
Mrs Jade Tidwell: Early years practitioner
Miss Clare Fitzgerald: Early years practitioner
Mrs Kayleigh Timings: EYFS Teaching assistant (maternity leave)
Mrs Lydia Halliday: Early years practitioner
We believe that children should be the leaders of their own learning. With this at our core, we plan for each individual child and for their own individual interests and needs. The environment is designed and delivered so all children can access and lead in their own learning opportunities and feel safe and secure in their choices.
The staff at St Gilberts Nursery work closely with each child and their parents/carers to understand fully the child and their next steps. Each child is individually planned for and staff encourage the children to embrace and follow their own interests.
We are a small setting and offer limited spaces to ensure we can give the nurture and care that all children should have and deserve to receive. This allows us to build excellent, strong and trusting relationships with all of the children we care for in a space that they can be themselves, have the time and support from their key grown ups and most of all feel, safe, looked after and valued. Being a small setting allows us to build superb relationships with parents and carers, we have the time to talk, listen and make sure that you are heard. We believe that caring for your child is an honour and a privilege and that it is one of the most important jobs you entrust another person to do. At St Gilberts we think of parents as our partners and believe that through working together we can achieve the best for your child.
We also offer forest school education on our unique forest school field. Jo from Bluebells and Toadstools joins us every Tuesday! Come rain or shine we put on our wellies and water proofs or our sun hats and cream and go and spend the morning out in the fresh air learning about nature, how to be safe outdoors and making lots of exciting crafts from natural resources. Our forest school field is a fantastic learning environment for the children. Other great activities at Forest School include den building, cave markers, exploration of the pond and roasting marshmallows on the fire.
St. Gilbert’s EYFS Unit provides high quality childcare and learning, focusing around the interests and needs of each individual child. Our ethos is based on the belief that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support to fulfil their potential. A child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important for supporting them to thrive and develop. At St. Gilbert's we provide a caring and nurturing environment for children. We make the environment ‘as homely as possible’, this supports the children in feeling safe and secure with us.
‘Toddle In’ Group Come and join our fabulous ‘Toddle In’ Group at St. Gilbert’s. Everyone is welcome the session is designed for children between the age of 0-3 years. We are open every Tuesday morning (term time only) from 9:00am-10:30am we are located in the nursery room. We charge £1 for an adult and accompanying child. There is an additional child charge of 50p each. We always provide lots of fun messy play activities, craft, toys and resources.
If you would like more information or have any questions regarding our EYFS unit (including nursery enquiries), please get in touch below.