All about Grandpont Nursery
Grandpont Nursery School is a local education authority nursery school. We have a governing body, head teacher and a team of teachers and nursery nurses and other support staff.
We are a purpose built nursery school with a large garden and a small wood attached. We cater for 50 children at any one time and have an adult/child ratio of one to ten.
Children begin at Grandpont at 3 years and transfer to their primary school during the year in which they turn five. We are also able to offer extended time within our day care facility, the Mulberry Room, which is open from 8.00am until 6.00pm all year round. Children in their reception year are offered a full-time place in nursery.
At Grandpont we use the medium of play for children’s learning and our teaching. Through this we are able to implement the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage curriculum. Through careful planning and observation we support and extend children in every area of their development and provide an environment which fosters independence, autonomy and positive self-esteem. This is supported by the physical environment and by the whole learning and teaching ethos held within the school, expressed by all the staff through their attitudes to the children and their learning.
We are extremely fortunate to have a large and beautiful garden to which the children have constant access. The garden is planned for and organised in the same way as the rest of the nursery environment, so that it complements the indoor environment and offers experiences for all areas of development in a natural environment.
Grandpont nursery school identifies itself as playing a key role within the local community. We have always had an open door policy for families and a culture of responding to the needs of the community. This is one of the reasons we now have our Mulberry Room (day care). We recognise that parents play the key role in their child’s education and this is why we aim to work so closely with parents in whichever way is possible. We visit all the children at home before they begin at the nursery. We have very close links with our partner schools. We became a Children’s Centre in 2008 and offer a full range of family services, both in our Family Room and working in partnership with other providers.
Grandpont Nursery School was given Beacon status in 2002, and has undertaken a variety of projects focusing on children’s creativity.
We are very proud of our school and the key to its success is the work and commitment of all staff.