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"Happy children! Contented parents!"
Situated between Lichfield and Tamworth, Elswick House is a small, private nursery school, on the edge of the beautiful village of
Whittington, surrounded by open countryside, farms and woodland. We cater for children from birth to school age and are OFSTED
registered for 31 children. We are open between the hours of 7:30am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday all year round.
Established in September 1986, Elswick House Nursery School is part of the 18th century stable
block of one of the oldest houses in Whittington. With a large well-equipped garden, it provides a reassuring, homely environment, in which the well-being of each individual child is paramount and
co-operative play and friendships can flourish.
We take full advantage of the wonderful location in which we find ourselves and our policy is to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
We regularly take the children on walks in the surrounding countryside and follow trails through local woodland, developing our own Forest Adventures programme. We enjoy picnics in woods and
fields and gather leaves, berries and wild flowers, which we bring back to Nursery to press, or use to dye hankerchiefs. We pick apples and plums in season and make our own pies and crumbles.
We sow seeds and grow vegetable, and our lovely garden is also home to our chickens, quail and guinea pigs, which the
children help to care for. But most popular of all for the children, is finding the biggest and deepest puddles when we go on our walks, and jumping in
The four main rooms in the Nursery are named after birds. Each morning the children meet in the Robins Room, where we talk about what we
are going to do that day. The children can then choose to stay in the Robins Room for free play at the start of the day, or go to the Owls Room for a learning session of phonics, number, colour
matching and book work, using our pre-school writing and activity books. Our policy is to let the children stay together as a group of mixed ages, and to allow them to choose which activity they want
to do, as their interests dictate. Some children may choose to go to the Sparrows Room, where exciting craft and messy play activities take place, different ones each day. Others may opt for playing
in our large garden, with the tree house, sand pit, climbing frame, dens and secret pathways.
Our aim at Elswick House is to give children the best possible start in life and to ensure that, when they go to school, they are
confident, independent and sociable young people, with a highly developed curiosity and a love of learning.
The last words comes from threeof our very recent parents .....
"We have so much to thank you for. It has been lovely to see how
happy xxxxxxx is when we pick him up from Nursery, and how his kindness and love of nature has been nurtured. He is always bringing us books to read, asking what words say, counting correctly,
telling us the time and, the other day, even correctly telling us the percentage of drink left in our cups. He is definitely ready for school."
"As I write this card, I'm not really sure how I can begin to say thankyou for the last 10 years of bringing our children to Elswick House. You have done so much for
our family. (Our boys) have all flourished and excelled from their foundations of Early Years learning at Elswick. As I have said to many people, what you have at Elswick is unique and special .....
I will always be grateful for our chats, friendship and laughter over the years, and your parenting wisdom. Thank you!!"
It takes a lot of trust to entrust your child with a group of people and to ask them to effectively assist in their upbringing, and that is what we did, and
we couldn't have asked for a better nursery experience for xxxxxxxx. Linden and Richard, you have created and maintained a perfect setting for young children that, combined with wonderful staff,
great facilities and exciting ideas, creates the best start in life our children could wish for. Thank you all.
Parents are always welcome to visit Elswick House, but it is best to phone for an appointment (01543 432329), to ensure that, either the Proprietor, or the
Nursery Manager, is available at the time of the visit.
Elswick House Nursery School was judged to be
an 'OUTSTANDING' nursery in all areas
at it's last two OFSTED Inspections.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
On 1st September 2021 Elswick House Nursery School transferred its business to Elswick House Nursery School Limited, but it continues
to trade under the same title, Elswick House Nursery School.
The transfer was for commercial reasons only, and the business continues to operate in exactly
the same way as it has always done. Visitors to this site should be aware that any content inserted prior to September
2021, refers to Elswick House Nursery School pre-incorporation. The descriptions, reports and other information found here however, relating to Elswick House Nursery School, remain a true and
accurate representation of Elswick House Nursery School
Limited. Our website is what we have been, and what we are today.