Our Early Years
At Arden Grove we offer a curriculum rich in wonder and memorable first hand experiences, whilst encouraging children to build resilience and a love of learning. Hellesdon in our hearts, whole world at our feet. We recognise the crucial role that early years education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of a child’s education is successfully based. We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our early years curriculum. We believe strong relationships with parents are key.
Therefore our team plan collaboratively to provide a stimulating environment that provides exciting opportunities and that promotes challenge, exploration and adventure. Due to our relationships our team confidently knows every child’s starting point so we build on children’s prior knowledge and experience in a logical and developmentally appropriate way. We have created our own set of curriculum goals, these are particularly created for our cohort of children.
We work hard to create strong partnerships between home and school. We understand the importance of parental engagement and believe that our parents have a crucial role to play in their children's education.
Arden Grove Nursery has 52 places, 26 in the morning and 26 in the afternoon. Places are kept available for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The Nursery is the only designated nursery provision serving Hellesdon and the wider community.
Children are able to start Nursery in the September of the academic year in which they are four. The County Admissions Policy is adhered to, a copy of which is available in the school office.
It is very important that the children settle in happily, therefore, there is a phased admission of small groups of children for the first few sessions so that the children are helped to feel secure, confident and happy in their new environment. We encourage parents to stay until they feel happy that their children are settled.
Nursery Session Times
Provision is flexible and allows for children to arrive between 8:45 - 9am (morning session)
12.05 – 12.30pm (afternoon session)
For children staying for a full day session a packed lunch is required to eat at Nursery.
Early Years Funding does not cover the lunch period, therefore a fee of £3 is charged.