At The Early Years Nursery Kidlington, we provide inspirational childcare for a mixed age of children from birth to 5 years.
We are housed in the Old Farmhouse and situated within the grounds of London Oxford Airport, Kidlington. Our sessions are led by our fully qualified and trained teachers and educators. As caring and nurturing role models, they provide a homely environment for the children to gently unfold out of. The nursery is a rhythmical environment by its very nature, a therapeutic space that has been created with the child’s well being at heart. Children are rhythmical beings and thrive in conditions that can reflect this. The day follows a path of contraction and expansion in its movement, allowing the child to maintain a harmony of being.
We work out of an understanding of a respectful pedagogy using rhythm, repetition, inquiry and imitation, allowing the child to learn from life and out of life at a pace naturally set by them. Our ethos is to create and sustain a nursery which provides therapeutic and respectful care and education and to nurture the whole family in their journey of parenting.
The Early Years Nursery Programme
Each child will be introduced to the nursery curriculum at their individual level and capability. A sense of order, calm, concentration and persistence are developed as the children observe and engage in the steps and procedures involved in the use of many materials in a safe environment. They are able to repeat and revisit these activities and projects until mastery and their enjoyment satisfied. Early childhood is the optimum time to start fostering children’s emotional intelligence and ecological literacy. It is also the time to develop empathy. Our special enviro-nature character plays a very important role at our nursery as it offers opportunities for authentic multi-sensory experiences, which are crucial for a child’s healthy development.
At The Early Years Nursery we celebrate the Earth and its wonderful gifts. The unique enviro-nature programme means that we use the natural environment around us as an extension of the nursery. This incorporates gardening, woodland and canal walks and animal care. Our focus is to strengthen our connection with nature and the environment in order to embed a culture of sustainability.
We work from the heart. Our children, our parents, our teachers and our management are all working together and creating a community based on a culture of respect for the environment, all living creatures and for each other as well as for themselves. Our unique outdoor environment gives children the opportunity to explore nature first hand. The natural world is rich and dynamic and provides many opportunities for the children to explore freely, increasing their confidence, emotional competence, physical and social development. Children can jump in puddles, observe insects, climb on logs and plant their own vegetables. The animals, plants, natural elements and natural materials available in our beautiful natural environment give the child plenty of opportunities to have real life, authentic experiences.
You won’t find active toys at our nursery, ones which perform for you if you push buttons or insert batteries. Instead you will find active children! Our children make action happen with their whole selves. Their minds, hands, and bodies work together to transform an object from something passive to something active and creative. This is how real learning, play and creativity occur. Children need lots of real life experiences to build up a body of knowledge about the world. The richness of those real experiences lays the foundation for developing the child’s imagination. This is why the equipment in our nursery is real and engaging to ensure that imagination and creativity can happen.
At our nursery children can explore outdoor nooks and crannies with many opportunities for new discoveries, unfolding miracles of the natural world. Natural resources cater for many urges or natural patterns of play. The children create their own activities and are the conductor and constructor of their own play. Our beautiful environment is a place where our children can create happy and joyful childhood memories that will last a lifetime.