Our Nursery Prayer
Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray
Bless all the dear children
In Your tender care
And lead us to heaven
To live with You there
St Peter’s Nursery is a community nursery, offering accessible early years education on a not-for-profit basis, for children aged from two years old, to rising five.
By providing a happy, caring, secure environment, we at St Peter’s aim to ensure children’s first experience of being away from home, is both positive and fun. We want to help our children become confident and self-assured young learners, so that when the time comes to fly the nest, not only do they adapt to their “big” school quickly and settle with ease, but they adapt a positive, life-long attitude to learning.
- enjoy a staff to child ratio that far exceeds the statutory required minimum; this allows our teachers to spend quality one-to-one time with their key children. All members of staff are qualified to at least NVQ Level 3. We all hold current paediatric First Aid certificates and have recently undergone training in Safeguarding and Child Protection (Level 3)
- have a dedicated and knowledgeable SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator) who can liaise between parents and outside agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Early Intervention Team etc to help support all children access all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
- have a sensory tent filled with lights, textures and instruments for the children to experiment with
- hold regular language group sessions to extend children’s vocabulary and facilitate language acquisition
- hold weekly Literacy workshops
- use praise, Bible stories, singing in our worship sessions for children and their families, to support a Christian ethos
- hold a regular Forest School session in Holland Park at least three times a term. All nursery children attend for a full morning of nature study and playing with natural materials in the fresh air. Parents are always welcome to join us!
- have a small outdoor courtyard for gardening, water play, painting and outdoor play. We are fortunate to have access to Ladbroke Square Gardens and visit the children’s playground there on a daily basis in (almost) all weathers – remember to wear wellies and bring warm clothes for those inclement days! Children are escorted to and from the gardens in groups of two-with-an-adult, and are reminded of road safety at all times.
- have access to a safe, secure hall for physical exercise for our youngest children
- offer optional afternoon sessions – for 3-4 year olds only – offer an exciting array of activities:
- Monday: Miss Jessica from Pippa’s Poppets (please click here for more information) will come to treat the children to a magical music and drama session.
- Tuesday: Cookery club
- Wednesday: we are still deciding what to do on Wednesdays, but are considering French, Spanish or Yoga – watch this space!
- Thursday: Art Club which will include creating large works of art to decorate the nursery; learning about artists such as Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh and try to recreate some of their famous images!
- have weekly music sessions led by Mr Robbie
- arrange regular trips and neighbourhood excursions
- have an active Parents’ Committee and many opportunities for parental involvement. Oversight and support of the Nursery is provided by the Nursery Management Committee.
And finally, we…
encourage messy play!