Our Educational Ethos

Educational Ethos

Hickory Dickory Dock Day Nursery has a Child-Centred approach to Early Years education. This helps your Child to develop creativity, individuality, and self-confidence.  Our Staff skilfully foster each child’s skills as effective learners in readiness for moving on within the nursery or to school. We follow the “early years foundation stage” guidelines (EYFS) . This framework sets out the learning and development stages for children as they move from Birth to Five years.  The Majority of School Nurseries will follow exactly the same Guidelines but we have Higher Staff ratios and a smaller more homely environment which may suit some children better. 

We have a great relationship with Heronswood School where our older children attend Story-time, assembly's and special events.  We find this is a gentle, age appropriate introduction to the rough and tumble of school life. We also have access to Heronswood’s Forest school and staff and children enjoy walking to the Spennells Nature trail.

OFSTED said; 

“Babies and Children relish the many exciting opportunities to observe, explore and experiment” 

“Provision for Children with special needs and/or disabilities is exemplary” 

“The staff adeptly use a range of assessment tools, they skilfully use this information and the views of parents to plan rich rewarding and relevant activities. This results in purposeful learning and outstanding progress ” 

“ Children are fully safeguarded , the staff conscientiously follow the Nursery’s Safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure children are kept safe and well”