Nutley Pre-school Playgroup is situated at the heart of the village of Nutley in the picturesque Ashdown Forest. Located in the Nutley Memorial Hall, on the high street directly opposite Nutley Church of England Primary School, it has been running for over 25 years and has a well-earned place in the heart of the community as well. There are a number of former pre-schoolers who are now bringing their children along!
Most attendees are from the village and go on to education in the village’s primary school, but children from outside the village or who hope to attend a different primary school are of course also encouraged to attend. The pre-school has very strong links both with the Nutley Nutkins toddler playgroup that is held once a week in the Memorial Hall and with the village primary school.
“Rising Fives” (pre-schoolers who will be going up to primary school the following September) have a chance from January each year to go across to the primary school regularly to meet the reception class and teacher and enjoy story time and assembly. The primary school also invites the pre-schoolers to attend their termly and harvest services at St James the Less Church in the village.
The pre-school has dedicated staff members, including a supervisor and an assistant supervisor. They ensure the smooth running of the pre-school on a day-to-day basis and take care of the children’s needs during their time in the pre-school’s care.
The pre-school is managed by a committee of parents who are also the charity trustees. Parental involvement in the committee and in fundraising events during the course of the academic year is warmly encouraged, and indeed necessary.
The Memorial Hall offers pre-school a generous amount of space for its use and this enables the children to select from a number of different activities each session. Activities change from session to session in accordance with the themes for learning for each term on the basis of acknowledged Early Years Foundation Stage principles.
The children also benefit from a beautiful dedicated pre-school garden and the easy access to the Ashdown Forest. Walks in the Forest are very popular with children and parents alike, and the children have the opportunity to go on pre-school days out each term as well. Of course, risk assessments are carried out before any such activity and parental permission is always sought and obtained in advance.
What makes a good pre-school, of course, is how the children are treated. There are rigorous policies in place for the children’s safety and welfare, but more telling than that is that most of the children run into pre-school in the morning and bounce out of it again in the afternoon after another wonderful session! In addition, we were delighted to receive in July 2014 a “good” Ofsted report, with “good” ratings in every category examined.
The pre-school welcomes visits from parents and prospective attendees at any time. Do pop in and see us in action or give us a call.