Chestnuts aims to provide children with opportunities that will support and promote their development through the Early Years Foundation Stage in a safe, stimulating and caring environment that embodies our philosophy of child-centred, inclusive practice.
All children need a wide range of activities and experiences that can be planned and tailored to their stage of development and individual needs. These activities should stimulate their interest and encourage investigation as well as enabling them to practice existing skills and to acquire new ones.
Our settings are designed and resourced to provide a calm, cosy environment with authentic, natural, open-ended resources and a focus on the outdoors.
Each child at Chestnuts is allocated a member of staff who will become their Key worker. This person will be your main point of contact and will be responsible for updating your child’s records. These on line records will contain examples of your child’s work, notes from observations, photographs and records of progress. You can access all of this information remotely.
Children who start with us in nursery will move to the Pre-school when we feel they are ready for the challenges of this new, bigger environment. Usually this is between the ages of 2 and 3 years. Staff will settle your child in over a period of time to ensure a smooth and enjoyable transition.
Quote from Anna
“Alison and her team at Chestnuts have done an excellent job at making our nervous little girl feel very welcome and cared for.
Within the space of a few weeks, she no longer clings to mummy at the door., but instead shouts “Wow!” on arrival and runs to play with her friends.
We love the classical music, the wooden toys and we love the care and attention the staff give to the children.”