At the heart of our Nursery school day is a child-centred approach to learning that seeks to inspire our children and reflect their own individual interests or needs. 

During each session the children enjoy opportunities to learn through structured play and independent learning opportunities. The children benefit from free-flow opportunities into our beautiful outdoor learning environment as we value both learning inside and outside. Our Nursery establishes a warm, caring and nurturing atmosphere within which children can explore the world around them, developing self-confidence and social skills. 


Here at Cranford House we offer a family-community and parents are warmly welcomed into the Nursery at the start of each day to settle their children into their ‘family groups’ for the day and talk to key workers. During each session children benefit from the widest range of opportunities, including specialist teaching such as ‘Music and Movement’, developing their gross and fine motor skills through dance and music, Forest School where the children explore the outdoor world, PE and swimming in our heated, indoor swimming pool.  

Each rich and varied session includes opportunities for children to share books and stories with their own individual teacher or key worker, explore our exciting role-play activities, conduct exciting experiments in our Mud Kitchen and much more besides!  




A Typical Day

7.30- 8.00

Breakfast Club (optional)

8.00-8.30Before School Club activities (optional)
8.30 - 9.00

 Start of the school day. Staff are available to talk with parents and help settle the children at activities

9.00 - 9.15

Whole group 'good morning' carpet session

9.15 - 9.30

Family group time

9.30 - 9.45

Snack time

9.45 - 11.30

Free flow continuous provision

Adult-led activities and small group sessions 

Wednesdays - Music & Movement sessions with Divas and Dudes

11.30 - 12.00

Tidying up time / Phonic sessions (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Topic sessions (Tuesday, Thursday)

12.00 - 12.45

Lunch time (cooked lunch)

12.45 - 1.15

Carpet time with songs or stories

1.15 - 3.15Free flow continuous provision

Adult-led activities and small group sessions 

Monday & Tuesday - Swimming 

3.15 - 3.30

 End of day whole group carpet session

3.30 - 3.45Snack time
3.45 - 4.15After School activities
4.15 - 5.30

After school care with a light tea