Welcome to Nursery
At Winchester House School boys and girls can begin their learning experience within the nurturing and stimulating environment of our Early Years Department, which comprises a Nursery and Reception Class.  Highly qualified and experienced Early Years staff deliver a rich and varied curriculum which develops firm foundations for learning, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). We offer children highly creative, play based learning experiences across all seven areas of learning within the Early Years Framework, which enable their confidence, self-esteem and independence to flourish.   Our children explore, investigate, observe and discover in both the inside and outside learning environments.

Children may start Nursery on a full-time or part-time basis in the term during which they will reach their third birthday.

We maintain a traditional emphasis on developing strong skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Exciting communication, language and literacy provision in Nursery incorporating singing, rhyming and alliteration activities, puppetry, role play and listening walks. Motivating opportunities for ‘mark making’ in Nursery alongside opportunities to develop hand/finger strength through activities such as ‘dough gym’, provide a solid foundation for writing in Reception.

We place strong emphasis on quality, outdoor learning. Children in Nursery enjoy ‘Going Wild’ sessions engaging in activities such as den making, exploration of natural materials in our ‘mud kitchen’, scavenger hunts and tree climbing.  This is the very beginning of our ‘Learn to Lead’ programme at Winchester House School.  Specialist teaching in Music and P.E. enhances our curriculum provision. Educational visits support our topics and provide additional first hand learning opportunities, include trips to the woods, local library and the theatre.