Peregrines Nursery operates from the same site as Falcons School for Girls. It offers provision to children who are rising to two in the term they start with us up to the age of four.
1. A consistent schedule helps the transition into Reception
Even the youngest children at Peregrines Nursery School have a consistent schedule, with structured times for learning, playing, downtime and eating. These all make up as parts of the daily routine here. Instilling the concept of keeping to an organised and structured schedules allows children to feel calmer and focused on the task at hand.
All children are provided with opportunities to play and learn together, with nurturing teachers that are gently encouraging as they learn to engage more with activities. We appreciate that our Little Peris – the youngest children – may feel an element of separation anxiety when they first join us. By being around other Early Years children, they gradually become more confident in exploring their surroundings and learning alongside their peers more independently. This ensures their social skills are developed and they start to grasp language and communication skills, putting them in good stead when they transition into Reception class.
2. Small class sizes ensure a tailored education
Given the small teacher to pupil ratio, we are able to regularly assess your child’s needs and tailor their provision to appropriately suit and aid their understanding and development. Small class sizes also allow the children to develop strong friendships with one another as they go through their nursery journey together everyday. Younger children enjoy interacting with the Big Peris (those aged three and four) as well as mixing with Reception children for playtime and some lessons. This enhances their level of communication from a young age, with the older children taking pride in helping their younger friends when they need it.
Our extensive outdoor space including decking area, Forest School and Peregrines Garden for Early Years paired with small class sizes ensures children are given the freedom to learn and play outdoors, away from polluted roads.
3. Our strong reputation for pastoral care
Wellbeing and happiness is at the forefront of what we do which is why pastoral care is embedded and reflected in all areas of nursery life. We create a happy, secure environment allowing is to give our children the best start to their education. Our pastoral care ensure children develop life skills, learning to be part of a group while maintaining their individuality.
With the simple phrase ‘Kind Hands, Kind Feet, Kind Words’, we set out clear expectations and boundaries of how pupils should behave. We encourage a co-operative approach to all activities showing respect for our friends, teachers and families.
In addition, we have focused adult-led activities which seek to help our boys and girls learn the importance of sharing, recognising their emotions and those in others. Children are shown how to solve disagreements and encouraged to talk about how they can solve a problem with turn taking or sharing, considering what the right action to take is and how it may make ourselves and others feel.
4. Daily specialist subjects with highly qualified teachers
At Peregrines Nursery School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and build on this by offering offering Ballet, Music, Cookery, Spanish and Physical Education lessons. These are taught on a weekly basis by specialist teachers and complement many hours of fun, play-based learning!
Children also benefit from our on-site woodland area which is situated right next to their classroom. Here they engage in Forest School sessions weekly, an opportunity to be hands-on in developing their curiosity and fostering self-awareness. These sessions also provide a good opportunity to build on classroom learning, such as using maths knowledge to compare woodland creatures plus gain an understanding about caring for wildlife and the environment.
5. We offer wraparound care 50 weeks a year
We understand that demands from work, family, childcare and commitments on parents are not conducive to a traditional 8.30am drop-off and 3.30pm pick-up. As a result, we offer all Peregrines children wraparound care from 7.30am to 6pm daily. Breakfast club provision (Early Birds) is from 7:30-8:30am where they can have breakfast and start their day. There is also be an after school session (Sundowners) from 3:30-6:00pm, which is play-based and includes supper.
Out of the school term time, we also offer a Holiday Club for the same hours. These are play-based and weeks are themed, with an array of arts and crafts, dance, outdoor fun and cooking activities. Holiday Club is open to children in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as well as their siblings, catering for families across the nursery as well as the lower years of Falcons Girls.