The Nursery Pre-School
Our Pre-School in Castleford is for children aged approximately 4 years
+. Built in December 2010, it is a bright, modern and spacious teaching,
learning and play environment which supports the needs and requirements
of our oldest children. Our Pre-School is registered for only 16 children
and, with a staffing ratio of one adult to eight children (1:8), as
opposed to the state school ratio of 1:13, we are able to offer each
child lots of individual attention and support.
The Pre-School is headed by experienced, committed
and highly trained early years practitioners who work in close consultation
with the nursery manager to ensure that children are provided with high
quality childcare, teaching and learning opportunities.
Our Pre-School supports children's development and
progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage (the same curriculum
that they would follow at school). An emphasis is placed on supporting
children's basic skills in speaking, reading, writing, number and IT
in order to give children a ‘head start’ and ensure they
are well prepared for when they go to ‘big school’. A further
emphasis is also placed on supporting children's independence skills,
again in preparation for when they leave us to go to school, for example,
putting on their own coats and shoes, serving themselves at meal times
We are proud of our excellent reputation within the
local community (and beyond) that Brambly Hedge children, on entering
school, are very advanced and confident in their basic skills and social
skills. Since building the new pre-school, some of our parents are already
taking the decision to keep their child with us for a longer period
of time as they are confident that their child will be supported in
a highly professional manner to make good progress in their learning
Like our Primary Room, our Pre-School also provides
opportunities for children to ‘learn at every turn'; for example children
are supported to learn to read and we use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme,
a reading scheme which is also widely used in schools.
We initially use Oxford Reading Tree Scheme Wordless books to support children's understanding of stories and characters. When we feel it is developmentally appropriate we encourage children to use their phonic knowledge to begin to read simple words.
Children also participate in daily ‘Letters and Sounds'
(Phonics) activities to support their early reading skills. Children
take part in hand writing and pencil control activities. Staff support
children with their early number work (counting, number recognition,
shape and space) and early computer skills whilst using child specific
educational software and programmes.
Children also have opportunities for role play, story
time, imaginative play, music and movement, creative activities, technology,
construction, small world activities, cookery and gardening. Pre-School
children have their own ‘free flow' outdoor play area with sand and
water play, gardening areas, picnic table, chalk board, bird table and
Brambly Hedge Day Nursery and Pre-School in Castleford
is near Methley, Normanton and Pontefract. The nursery is within easy
reach of the M1 and Junction 31 of the M62 (5 minutes away) and A1 networks.
The day nursery has a large, safe parking area which provides ample
parking spaces for all parents and visitors.