The Homely Environment and our Beautiful Garden
We are a small nursery based in the stable block of an18th century family house, with access to a large, child friendly, walled garden. Long after they leave us, the children will have wonderful memories of the secret pathways, the tree house, the enormous sandpit, picking apples and pears in the autumn, feeding the guinea pigs, quail and chickens and collecting their eggs, the games and water play on the lawn and, maybe, even the flowers!
We are 'twinned' with the Stepping Stones Nursery in Nairobi, Kenya
We 'twinned' with the Stepping Stones Nursery in 2018. Now, we exchange photographs, video clips, ideas and information about our Nurseries and sharing it all with the mainly older children. We are making a scrapbook about Stepping Stones and the lives of the children there. We consider it a wonderful opportunity for our children to gain an insight into the lives of children in a very different part of the world to their own. We also sponsor two very poor little children, who live in the slum area of Kibera.
Our 'Wild Things'
We take the children on lots of countryside and woodland walks, fostering an interest in, and appreciation of, nature, the outdoors and the rural environment. We teach the children how and why the rural landscape and the activities of the countryside change with the seasons. The children just love their 'wet wellie walks'!
Lots of Good Food, Fresh Air and Exercise
Fresh air and lots of exercise are essential, so great use is made of the garden and the surrounding countryside. Every day the children are given fresh, wholesome food, organic milk and lots of fruit and we talk about 'The Good Munching Guide' to teach the children the importance of eating the right kinds of food.
All the Other Things We Do
French lessons, Music & Dance with Marie-V, our Summer Activities Programme, countryside walks and visits to the Bluebell Woods at Freeford, visits from the Animal Man and the Guide Dogs for the Blind, theatre visits, farm visits to see the new lambs, tractor 'n trailer rides, our Christmas Nativity Service at St Giles Church, hatching our own chicken, quail and goose eggs, visits to the Walled Garden at Fisherwick, the work we do with St Giles Hospice ... and lots more!
And Finally .....
Is there another Nursery in the UK that has it's own pet emu !!!