Children's Rooms

Rooms specifically designed to cater for your child’s development & education needs

Our Rooms

To ensure our children receive appropriate care and education at their different stages of development, our nursery is split into four rooms. Our children will only move up a room when they are ready and this will be over a phased transition period.

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Mottingham  Nursery Saplings Room

Saplings Room

Our Saplings room is our youngest room, offering our youngest researchers a calm and tranquil space with daily opportunities to experience awe and wonder. Our team of dedicated and qualified educators support our youngest of children and their family’s transition from home to nursery. Early educators will offer bundles of support, guidance and of course love to ensure your child is safe and secure in our care. We value the importance of a smooth transition for both parent and child, so we strive to ensure we get to know our families and children exceptionally well. With our skilled knowledge we are then able to plan for children’s individual needs, and interests in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework.

Acorn Room

Our Acorns room offers a calm and tranquil space with daily opportunities to experience awe and wonder. We have a smaller group of Children in this room who are transitioning from the baby room and learning to become more independent in a calm and nurturing environment.

Our early educators support our children to become more independent and self-assured, offering individual support, guidance and of course love to ensuring children feel safe and secure in our care.

We ensure that our family relationships are positive effective and professional. We get to know our families and children exceptionally well. With our skilled knowledge we are then able to plan for children’s individual needs, and interests in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework

We highly value the wellbeing of all children in our care and understand that your children will be experiencing a range of development changes, and often a wide range of emotions. We know often children can be tired due to lack of sleep, teething or purely just in need of some 1:1 care and reassurance from a familiar adult. Our educators will offer the love, and reassurance that young children need every single day.

The environment has been carefully planned and developed to help the children gain a sense of home from home, again, helping them to feel secure, and safe. Young children thrive in a soothing sensory environment, so our rooms feature soft colours, appropriate soft lighting and a cosy fireplace. We have cosy nooks where the children can crawl and relax and provide sensory experiences such a sensory and malleable materials to explore.

Resources are accessible to the children, allowing opportunities for exploration. We value the importance of natural resources, and authentic materials.

We pride ourselves on being an outdoor nursery and promote the importance of daily outdoor play for all children all year round. Acorns have a specially designed safe play space outdoors, where they can explore and investigate the world around them. Acorns go on daily forest walks, to help to become familiar with the woodlands.

Mottingham Nursery Acorn Room
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Resources are accessible to the children, allowing opportunities for exploration. We value the importance of natural resources, and authentic materials.

We pride ourselves on being an outdoor nursery and promote the importance of daily outdoor play for all children all year round. Acorns have a specially designed safe play space outdoors, where they can explore and investigate the world around them. Acorns go on daily forest walks, to help to become familiar with the woodlands.

Maple Room

Our Maple room offers wondrous provocations for our vastly growing researchers, to enable them to develop their skills, and continue their exploration of the world around them.

Maple is the room where we begin to see the children developing their confidence and beginning to want to be independent in their day-to-day tasks. It is a special age where the children begin to form friendships, and where their speech and language allows them to communicate more with their peers and familiar adults.

Our educators are continuously and carefully planning activities and experiences to extend and develop children’s curiosities in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework. (EYFS. The environment we have created enables staff to focus on the key areas of EYFS including personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; physical development; literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world and expressive arts and design, through your children’s interests.

Again, the environment is carefully planned and organised to encourage the children to be independent and inquisitive in their everyday experiences. Children in this room can access an extensive range of resources, much of which are natural and open ended. These resources enable the children to follow their own curiosities whilst being supported by our remarkable team to help scaffold their learning in relation to their developmental needs.

Outdoor learning is a big part of our Maple room experience. We have an amazing outdoor space for them, with bi-fold doors, which allows free flow throughout the day whilst also allowing natural light. We highly value the children having the option of being inside or outside, and the children are encouraged to explore outside in all weathers. Maple children will also have access to our Forest School provision on a daily basis.

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Our little researchers at this age are growing fast and have lots of energy both in their mind and body. Within Maple room we offer yoga sessions to enable the children to practice breathing exercises, whilst thinking about keeping their bodies healthy. .

Oak Room

Our busy, confident, dynamic and independent pre-school researchers have a busy and fun filled daily schedule. We spend lots of time in Oak room preparing for and supporting the transition to school. We do not expect our children to engage in ‘traditional’ sit down lessons at this age. We believe the importance of teaching children LIFE readiness, which goes hand-in-hand with ‘school readiness’. Children will not be expected to sit still for long periods of time and copy from work sheets, but instead are encouraged to explore and develop holistically through play.

We will spend lots of time focusing on key skills that children need in later life such as being independent, confident, and having the skills to form friendships. The children will have experiences which encourage them to share, manage their feelings, self-regulate and think about the feelings of others. We want our pre-school children to be able to listen and follow simple instructions. All these skills are gained on a day-to-day basis within the pre-school routine. The children attend daily forest school sessions, as well as weekly yoga and Spanish sessions.

Children in this room can access a broad range of resources, much of which are natural and open ended so the children can dive into imaginative play and follow their own ideas and thoughts whilst being supported by our highly-trained, qualified and experienced educators, who tune into children’s ongoing inquires and curiosity. The children will take on projects relating to their interests and adults will support their curiosity alongside the Early Years framework helping them to meet their next steps and develop and improve their vital life skills.

The pre-school room is full of awe and wonder, and the children as researchers explore, develop and extend their knowledge. At this age, the children begin to help each other to learn and share ideas and experiences. The team set up wonderful invitations for learning for the children to explore, enabling them to gain new questions and newfound fascinations.

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The pre-school year will pass by quickly, but you can rest assured the children will be making memories that will last a life time, whilst also gaining the essential knowledge they need for later life! They will also get a graduation ceremony which is a magical way to celebrate their achievements, and to say a final goodbye!