We are very proud of our Nursery provision here at Linskill. At the heart of everything is making sure that children are happy and safe and able to succeed and achieve their full potential. Nature, community and the environment are key elements of our curriculum:
Nature inspired Learning
Our curriculum is inspired by the Forest School approach, where curiosity and investigation are encouraged, using a range of natural materials and outdoor learning experiences. We aim to motivate and engage children using the natural world and take the children outdoors as often as possible. Pre-school children have weekly access to Forest School sessions at a local park (restrictions permitting). Natural spaces within our Nursery site include outdoor play areas and access to the community gardens for children of all ages to enjoy. A new Wild Garden has recently been, all landscaped and designed to encourage children to explore and experience nature.
Part of the Community
Being within a community setting allows the nursery to offer an enriched curriculum, including unique opportunities for children on our doorstep. The onsite Sensory Room provides a range of light, texture and sound sensory experiences to stimulate or calm young children. The Studio and Trevelyan Hall provide space and opportunities for gross motor physical play, including a bouncy castle and soft play units. Participation at Giggle N Groove, a vibrant music and movement group, provides the children with a fun activity encouraging communication and language through rhythm and rhyme.
Appreciating the Environment
Using the environment outside the nursery boundaries is important to give children the opportunity to learn from and be part of the community, whilst beginning to understand the value of local services. Experiencing the local community helps the children develop a sense of pride in who they are, in their nursery and where they come from. Taking a ride on the local bus or metro and talking about what they can see, whether that be shops, churches, beaches, hospitals or other buildings of interest, can have real meaning for the children. First-hand experiences for the children within the local area and visits to shops, library, post office and parks make connections that can last a lifetime and help encourage a community-minded approach.
To track your child’s learning and progress the nursery uses Tapestry, a secure and easy to use online learning journal, to record photos, observations, comments and the next steps for your child’s learning. In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage it is used to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time at nursery, celebrate their developmental progress and create a two-way communication (tablet or mobile enabled) between nursery and parents and carers.
Bunnies (babies to pre-walkers)
A spacious and light room with a free flowing layout designed to encourage babies to develop, explore their environment and stimulate their first initial play experiences. With access to toys and sensory activities babies have every opportunity to play and develop, whilst a cosy corner is ideal for quiet time for the younger babies to relax and have cuddles. The room is equipped with its own nappy changing area and designated sleep space for babies to relax and rest.
Squirrels (walking babies)
Designed for babies who are beginning to show an increasing independence and moving, communicating and learning through play. This room provides defined spaces for a variety of activities including messy play, quiet time, sleep and active play. Child sized furniture is perfect for mealtimes and table top activities. The room benefits from a private changing area, providing opportunity for toileting practice, as their independence and self-care skills increase.
Foxes (2 – 3 year olds)
Children within the Tots room have a more structured routine to their day whilst learning through a wide range of fun activities and experiences planned for their individual growth. Within this room we have more defined areas such as quiet corner, role play area, messy play, climbing frame, and a maths and writing table to encourage all seven areas of development. The children in the Tots Room are able to explore and learn throughout their day without too much pressure and at their own pace. Whatever the challenge, you can be assured that our staff are well trained, motivated and committed to working alongside parents and carers during this transition.
Owls (3 – 5 year olds)
This room is all about promoting independence, self-care and school readiness. The room is split up into different areas so the children can access all areas of the curriculum. The children enjoy free flow indoor/outdoor play, and love the responsibility of self-serving at dinnertime. Through our vast range of activities and resources the children are happy and confident to start formal education. Forest School is also available to the children with weekly sessions in Northumberland Park.
The Children and Young Peoples Manager and Nursery Manager work with a team of Nursery Officers to deliver a quality service and work incredibly hard to deliver sensitive and effective care and education.
The Linskill Nursery is open from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Fees and Funded Places
Hourly, morning, afternoon and full day packages are available at Linskill Nursery.
A limited number of funded places for Funded 2s, Universal 15 and Extended 30 hours are available.
*Please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information regarding eligibility for funding.
Nursery Visit and Introductory Sessions
All parents and carers are encouraged to come for a look around the nursery, view the facilities and meet our team. Following the visit you will be offered the following free introductory sessions:
- Half hour visit – child only (parent must stay onsite)
- Hour child visit – child only
- Hour and a half visit – child only
The nursery registration form can be downloaded above and is available from the nursery and the reception at the Linskill Centre.