Welcome to Hirst Wood Nursery School & Children’s Centre. We value confidence, independence and creativity and experiential learning through purposefully planned play. Everyone at Hirst Wood is valued and every child deserves the very best education. My colleagues and I are totally committed to working in partnership with children and families to extend children’s knowledge and understanding. We are inclusive in all that we do and our learning community is based on the celebration of both similarities and difference and we place high importance on respecting each another. There are no invisible children here.
We have an amazing learning environment that includes a wilderness garden where children have the opportunity to experience the Forest School plus a dedicated fire and tools area (health and safety risk assessed of course). We offer a range of enticing and motivating experiences for children both indoors and outdoors to develop their sense of awe and wonder that enables them to take pleasure in exploring and investigating the world around them. Our curriculum is built on a constructivist approach, with children building their own curriculum through our wonderfully enticing and enabling environment. We use a mix of approaches, children learning through play, through interested adults who model new skills and vocabulary, and they learn from each other. We support children in their delight in discovering and experiencing the world around them which we hope will develop into a lifelong love of learning. Our curiosity-based approach is an enticing way of embracing education in early childhood. It’s a wonderful recipe book of amazing ingredients, carefully mixed together with experience, passion and a love of experiential learning through everyday real-life items made of wood or other natural materials to encourage children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to explore and create.
We will shortly be looking at our January 2024 intake so if your child is 3 between now and 31st December 2021 do come and look around the Nursery. We also offer paid for places for children as soon as they are 3 years old – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We offer the free 15 NEF hours in a variety of ways and also the 30 hours for eligible families. Our provision is not only led by very experienced, enthusiastic teachers and Early Years Practitioners but alongside this we also have a before and after school club called 'The Sunshine Club' which offers paid for additional sessions. Please make an appointment to come and have a look around our fantastic purpose-built historical building in the beautiful world heritage site of Saltaire.
Following the exciting announcement that the Government is rolling out funded places for all 2 year olds from April 2024 we plan to expand our provision to ensure that we can meet demand. Please email email@example.com to place your child’s name on our waiting list.
Every day is an open day – come and take a look.