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The environment must be rich in motives which lead interests in activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.

The Children’s House

The three-year age range in the Children’s House means that it forms a mini community in which the younger ones can learn from watching what the older ones do and the older ones increase in confidence and reaffirm their own knowledge by helping the younger ones to carry out activities. The rules of the community depend on respect – respect for each other and respect for the things and activities they all share. The way the environment is laid out requires that the children put things back on the shelves ready for someone else to use and the fact that there is only one of each piece of material helps the children develop patience and self-control.

The Children’s House environment is laid out in a way that helps children to choose and access their activities for themselves so that they are able to follow their own developmental timetable. All of the materials are child-sized and are placed on low shelves in an order that children can see what is there and judge what they might be able to do next because of its position on the shelf. Having chosen what they want to do children may engage in an activity for as long as they want to, exploring and finding things out for themselves. Materials are self-correcting, children can find out when they have made a mistake and work independently to solve problems without having to ask for the teacher’s help.

The children’s House is filled with brightly coloured beautiful, scientifically designed, aesthetically pleasing materials – the shelves entice the child with boxes full of beads, crafted wooden shapes and delicate, ceramic jugs and bowls. Many materials are delicate and breakable, which helps the child to handle them carefully discovering that failure to do so results in breakages. Often flowers are strategically placed on tables to help the child realise that he has to pass by with care and this gives him much more efficient feedback to check his movements than a teacher’s admonition to ‘stop running’ would do.

The Nest – Baby Room

The Nest (Baby Room) is a specially designed with lower shelves which is more suitable for our younger children. Our sensory wall panels, mirrored walls and treasure baskets provide children with the opportunity to develop all their senses. Our sleeping area consists of a cot and sleep coracles where young children are given the freedom to rest as and when they need to.

Outdoor Area

Our garden consists of a large climbing apparatus with slide and balancing logs to allow children to develop their physical skills. Our small hiding area and tunnel gives children a communication friendly space to encourage them to engage in conversations and develop their communication and language skills. Small cosy benches allow the children an area to sit and relax with a storybook. A planting and growing area gives the children an opportunity to learn about the life cycles and the world around them.

Our stimulating and attractive high quality safety surface surrounds all of our outdoor play equipment and is printed with numbers 1-20 encouraging children mathematical development. A large purpose build canopy shades the children direct sunlight or wintery showers so they can safely use the outdoor space in all weathers. All of our garden equipment has been carefully chosen to fulfil the needs of each and every child in our care.

Lunch Hall

Round table seating is provided to encourage children and staff to effectively communicate and engage in conversations during each mealtime. Children are encouraged the set the table themselves helping them to gain independence.

Kitchen

Our fully equipped commercial kitchen is used for preparing healthy nutritious meals for the children by our qualified and experienced chef. Our robust cleaning procedures ensure a safe environment for food preparation and eliminates all causes of cross contamination. Through guidelines ensure all Health and Safety aspects are met throughout the preparation and cooking process.