Cambridge Gardens Nursery
La Petite Ecole Bilingue Cambridge Gardens Nursery welcomes children from the age of 2 years upwards for either morning, afternoon or all day sessions, to take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (until 12pm), Thursdays and Fridays.
Activities are carried out in English and French by native speakers.
Our program conforms to the official instructions of the National Education Board, EYFS for English and Education Nationale for French. All our teachers are qualified teachers for the early years. Each evening after teaching has finished, children may remain in after-school care until 6:30PM.
Small class sizes,
A personalised teaching program which allows children to progress according to their own individual rate of learning, and not just to their age,
A qualified, attentive and devoted teaching staff,
The careful supervision of each class by a team of teachers and assistants, tailored according to the age and needs of the children,
A flexible teaching plan designed to be easily adapted to cater for each child’s age and rhythm of learning,
The constant supervision of children by teachers who are native speakers of the target language,
Teaching French and English by incorporating them into other fundamental areas of learning,
An active teaching method which offers our pupils a certain autonomy, and allows them to enjoy the pleasure of expressing themselves and of taking part from the very first class,
A wide choice of cultural, theatrical, artistic, musical and sports activities taught by visiting staff specially trained in these areas, encouraging the child to blossom both artistically and intellectually,
The full integration of all pupils coming from a variety of backgrounds, something for which each child of each group must learn to take responsibility
OUR FOREST SCHOOL APPROACH TO LEARNING
At La Petite Ecole Bilingue we are committed to outdoor learning. We take our nursery children out to a specially designated and enclosed local Forest School every Monday. The children have opportunities to explore what ever Forest School can offer from one season to the next. They learn about the environment, the seasons, the weather, manage risk and enjoy a new challenge, investigating, exploring and having fun!
We aim to create experiences where all 7 areas of learning can be explored in a unique way. Forest School offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment, learning personal, social and some technical skills.
We use Forest School as a means to build independence and self esteem in young children. Children will learn about trees, plants, the weather, and the seasons; and experience first hand the smell and touch of the different natural resources we find in our play and exploration. Personal and social skills are also developed, through teamwork and problem solving. The woodland environment is also used to learn about more abstract concepts such as mathematics, communication, and storytelling. The children will have experiences of listening to the sounds in the environment and talking about what they see or hear.
OUR DAILY ROUTINE
About our daily routine
8:30-9:00-Arrival of the children. Free play.
9:10-9:30- Circle Time. Adult led learning.
9:45-10.45-Activities in all the areas of learning and development. Adult-led small group activities. Free play.
10:45-11:00-Tidy up Time.
11:30-11:40-Preparing for lunch. Hand washing.
12:15-12:20-Clean up /Bathroom time.
12:20-14:00-Sleeping. Quiet Reading and Games for the children who are not sleeping.
14:10-14:30-Group Time. Adult led learning.
14:30-15:15-Play Time. Activities in all the areas of learning and development.
15:15-15:20-Tidy up Time.
Mondays -9.30-11.00am - Forest school
Wednesdays -10.00-11.00am - Dance with specialist teacher
Thursdays - 10 - 11am - Singing with specialist teacher
Fridays -9.30-10.30- Sport session
Do you provide snacks and meals?We provide a hot meal every day except on Wednesdays, when the session finishes at 12pm. Parents provide a pack of 5 fruits on Mondays for the snack time given in mornings and the afternoon. The nursery provides milk and water. At lunch time we provide lunches. These are prepared at our Oxford Gardens provision and delivered to us just in time for lunch. The cost of these are included in your fees. Children staying for the Wednesday club have to come with a packed lunch on that day. If you wish your child to have breakfast at Nursery this is absolutely fine, all you need to do is bring along their cereal or what you wish them to have and we will give this to them. Please note there is no need to provide cow’s milk. If your child has a severe allergy, please discuss it with the manager and provide information about any special dietary requirements, preferences and food allergies that the child has, and any special health requirements. Please note we are only licensed to heat up meals by microwaving them.
Do the children sleep?Every day after lunch children are offered to sleep from 12.15pm to 2pm, when afternoon session starts. Children who do not wish to sleep have a quiet time. Please provide a blanket and bedding sheet for the nap time.
Does my child need to be potty trained?We accept children who are not yet potty-trained. In fact, these children learn very quickly to imitate the others who use the toilets.
Do you provide nappies, wipes and skin cream?"The nursery does not provide wipes and cream. You must provide nappies, wipes and sun cream.
What happens if I am late picking up my child?Any parent wishing to pick up their child later by even 10-15 minutes, should ring to let us know in order for us to staff the nursery accordingly – this may not always be possible due to nursery staffing arrangements. Parents/Guardians, who collect their children late without prior agreement, will be subject to a pro-rata charge of £9 per hour as the child will be automatically taken to afterschool care room.
Can someone else collect my child?For security reasons, the child may only be picked up by those persons booked on the registration form. Any changes will only be accepted in writing and the person concerned must be introduced to the child's key carer. Under NO circumstances will a child be allowed to leave the premises unaccompanied or with an unauthorised person or with a person who appears to be unfit to look after the child's safety or who is under severe influence of alcohol or drugs.
Who is responsible for keeping contact numbers up to date?It is the responsibility of the parents to keep us informed of any changes in contact numbers. The Nursery Manager then has responsibility for ensuring all nursery records are updated accordingly.