The school journey at Sevenoaks Prep starts in Nursery at the age of 2 1/2. It is an ideal opportunity for children to develop independence and self-esteem in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. Run by Mrs Rowland, a KS1 and Early Years qualified teacher, emotional and social development is established through play. Opportunities for exploring are planned for and the children’s individual interests and ideas are used to enhance their learning. Mrs Rowland says “the Nursery is an important part of a child’s life. It’s the first stepping stone to education and should never be undervalued. We encourage each child to challenge themselves, motivated by adults and each other. ”
Their voyages of discovery are enhanced through the on-site forest school, run by forest school trained staff; through regular music box and soft play activities, through creative (and often messy!) play, through building friendships and through circle time where new language and social skills are prioritised. Regular themes provide a framework to the activities.
Sevenoaks Prep is a nurturing environment that values strong relationships with parents. Achievements and progress of all children are celebrated and shared, and Nursery is no exception.
For busy parents, the school now offers wraparound care for Nursery pupils from 8.00am until 4.00pm and an online journal that shows each individual child’s learning journey. A standard session runs from 8.30am until 12.30pm, with the children enjoying a hot and nutritious lunch with their peers in the dining room before home time, and very often a nap in the car!