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The Garden Nursery
Our Nursery and Our Educational Approach
At The Garden Nursery, we recognise that childhood is an end in itself and must be enjoyed; so the balance between education and fun is at the heart of what we do.
We wish for all of the children at The Garden Nursery to develop a love of learning for its own sake, and to have the emotional skills required to be effective learners. Thus, we have a large focus in developing imaginative play and helping our children develop The Characteristics of Effective learning. Further, we have adopted some of the principles of The Emilio Reggio Approach to the Early Years, desiring children to be self-directed members of a community.
Key Principles of The Garden Nursery
- Children have fun during their time with us
- Children have control over what they do and learn
- Children learn through varied, interesting experiences (especially in the natural world)
- Imaginative play enables them to learn about the world
- Learning and resources are open ended providing a myriad of ways for the children to express themselves
- Children develop positive relationships helping them become members of a community
- Children become resilient, intrinsically motivated learners, who are able to persevere, imagine and think
We want our children to be
Children should be active constructors of their own knowledge and have control over their own learning. Learning should be through self-directed, experiential opportunities and skilful support from our staff. This will help the children to become:
- Nature lovers
Role of our educators
- Skilled observers and responders to children’s leads
- Able to plan learning opportunities centered around the children’s interests
- Asking open questions to further understanding and promote thinking skills
- Being actively engaged with the children
- Establishing strong, positive relationships with children and parents
The Garden Nursery
“Beautiful nursery with lovely staff and great kids. Despite being new to nursery, the amazing team helped my 2.5yr old settle in really quickly. Its a struggle to get him to leave at home time and he always talks at home about what he has done and how much fun he has had with the team members :0)”
“I am really impressed by The Garden Nursery, the facilities they offer, the amazing staff and the wonderful parties and events they host. My daughter attended the nursery and my son currently goes there and they both just adored/adore it.
a real treat to see how nicely the children interact with one another and to see how well and fast they are growing. Well done guys and thank you!”
“It’s the best. The best people the best space the kindest and most fun atmosphere. Having good mix of female and male staff a rare bonus. Dedicated leadership with really good teaching experience. Can’t get better.”
“My daughter Elysia has attended the nursery for a year and a half now and I couldn’t have chosen a better nursery. All the staff are lovely and caring. The outdoor space for the children in a London nursery is amazing. Elysia always goes in and comes home happy!”
“My daughter attended this nursery for a year before she started school. What can I say. The staff were amazing. They have the best resourcesn and offered extra activities such as story tellers and entertainers. I have compared this to other nurseries in the area whoich my daughter attended and it is by far the best. I would recommend this nursery to anyone and everyone. They offer a warm and friendly environment and the children seem to settle really well.”
Anonymous – Mother
“Really great nursery. Lovely staff and very friendly. The children are very happy here and the children are very intelligent and learn a lot at school. I was very impressed that they knew a large amount of dinosaur names and some quite difficult ones. One of the nicest schools I know.”
“A nursery run with kindness, care, enthusiasm and energy, infused with a whole sense of fun and imagination. For my son this has become more than just a nursery: it’s a place where he wants to go to every day, even when he can’t (i.e. on week-ends!). And for us parents, there is nothing more reassuring than seeing you son so excited about going to school in the morning. As for the place itself, needless to say, the garden is spectacular and the centrepiece of it all, not just in spring or summer, but somehow they make it work all through the year.
Finally something must be said about the amazing staff: not just a bunch of teachers doing their jobs, but a group of motivated, warm people always ready for a challenge, willing to talk to you and smile with you. They are now basically part of the family, just like good friends. The only downside of it all is that children eventually grow up and at some point they’ll all have to leave…”
“Caring staff, great facilties , flexible and best of all a huge garden that’s used throughout the year.”
“Hi my name is Mel and my Son Hari attends the Garden Nursery. Finding The Garden Nursery was a lifesaver for me. I had been lucky enough to be able to bring my Son Hari to work with me until he was two and the thoughts of leaving him with anyone was absolutely terrifying. When I first visited The Garden Nursery it was when they first opened in April 2013 Hari was 18 months old and this was a massive thing for me. I knew immediately after chatting to the owners and looking around the nursery that this was the right place for Hari. From the first day Hari started there he loved it, and knowing how happy Hari was going in there in the mornings and while he was there gave me such peace of mind that I could go to work and know that Hari was happy and safe made my life so easy.
Also the fact that the staff are a mixture of male and females is fantastic. The management, staff and children that attend The Garden Nursery make it the wonderful happy place it is and for this Myself and My Son Hari love it. Thank you to you all.”
M.O’N – Mother
“Our son, F, has enjoyed the past year with you and has made much progress. My husband and I thank you and are really happy and grateful of the good care that you have given to F, and the many happy hours that he has spent with you. My husband and I would very much like to keep in touch with you and enable F to continue seeing his friends at The Garden Nursery by visiting you at times.”
M.H – Mother
“This is a great nursery – it was a word of mouth recommendation from several people all of whom raved about the quality of the care and in my experience so far none of what they said about it has been wrong. My little boy has been going there since just after he turned 2, and he has loved every minute of it. They also put great stock in teaching independence and social manners – washing hands, saying please and thank you, waiting for everyone at lunch, sharing nicely etc. I genuinely have nothing but good things to say about this place. Tom and Laurence who run it both feel genuinely motivated to create the best environment that they can, and I feel that all the staff have a genuine fondness for the children and share in the sense of pride for all their small achievements along the way. They also foster a great sense of social spirit amongst the parents and hold regular events that parents can attend, meet and chat. The development that my son has made in the 4 months that he has been attending has been wonderful, and all of it positive – including his own sense of self and self-confidence.”
G.H – Mother (Joined June 2014)
“The Nursery is excellent. In particular, and for us most importantly, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The children have fun whilst being excellently cared for.”
J. L – Mother