Here at Notre Dame Prep School we have two Nursery classes; the Caterpillar room which caters for children from the age of two and the Butterfly room where the children are all over three years old. Both of our Nurseries are very popular and vibrant whilst retaining their own individual styles, and they are an integral part of our school. All the staff working in the Nurseries are experienced and fully qualified. High staff ratios ensure individual attention and strong pastoral care. Our full day Nursery sessions are from 8.30am to 3.30pm but some children attend either morning or afternoons and not all are full-time. There is, however, a minimum session requirement in both the Caterpillar and Butterfly Nurseries: Caterpillars 2 sessions for the first term and 5 thereafter & Butterflies a minimum of 6 sessions (further information available under the admission tab).
Our Caterpillar room is well suited to our youngest children who enjoy a friendly, cosy room which is well equipped with age-appropriate resources with direct access to toilet facilities. The children in the Caterpillar room have their own outside space where they can explore and play, developing both interests and physical skills.
Once children are ready, they move into our Butterfly room; a lively and interesting environment where they can continue their journey through a range of interactive learning experiences. Children are able to access exciting and stimulating activities in large well-resources inside and outside classrooms. This encourages them to explore and investigate the world around them whilst at play.
Both of our Nurseries place a large emphasis on teaching our children to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. Children learn to take turns, share fairly and treat living things with care and respect. All of our children are encouraged to show and talk about their feelings with staff who act as role-models.
Through a range of different activities and phonic sessions the children are encouraged to develop their understanding of language and gain confidence in speaking and listening. Emphasis is also placed upon mathematical learning and children are able to recognise many numbers and use them in role-play.
We follow the EYFS curriculum, but in addition the children experience Music and PE with specialists.