Clifton College Nursery is leading the way with a more flexible approach to nursery life for children from 2 years old. Staff encourage children of different ages to play and learn together and promote this integration and the use of the whole nursery, as an important aspect of daily life. Children are welcomed into different rooms, rather than being constrained by them.
Clifton College Nursery is located in a large Victorian house, on the edge of Clifton village; the space allows flexibility and freedom of movement for all the children. The location in the heart of the school means the nursery is also uniquely placed to take advantage of the full range of facilities on offer at Clifton College, as well as those within Clifton and Bristol as a whole.
The Nursery children can enjoy performances and ‘tread the boards’ at the Redgrave Theatre, get muddy in Forest School, choose from thousands of books in their own library and be creative in the music room. Direct access to specialist teachers and facilities from a young age, enables the children to develop new skills and gain confidence in a fun and supportive environment.
Within the wider context of the vibrant, dynamic and award-winning city of Bristol, not only is Bristol Zoo their back garden, the children can visit the Suspension Bridge, the aquarium, a wealth of museums, SS Great Britain and enjoy a host of other activities.
Lucy Bird, Early Years Coordinator explained “Here at Clifton, by offering a whole house approach, children are exposed to a variety of abilities, interests and experiences from different age groups, which provide valuable opportunities for children to learn from each other. We have created a real sense of community within the nursery, encouraging independence and curiosity whilst still having the security and familiarity of being a valued part of our nursery.”
The flexible Clifton model for year-round childcare support for 2-5 year olds is very popular with parents. Instead of paying for 52 weeks of childcare - standard for most day-care providers - they offer a dual pace approach of combining term-time care with flexible holiday club provision.
Parents are hugely supportive of the care offered at Clifton “I have seen a real increase in the development of my son’s independence and confidence since he started at Clifton College Nursery. He loves playing with his friends and gains so much from having freedom to explore. The access to aspirational facilities within the nursery and around the college means the nursery offers exceptional value for money. But most importantly, at the end of the day, he always has a huge smile on his face when I pick him up.”