Nursery Life School

The early years are so important in a child’s life, to lay firm foundations for future learning. Peapods Early Learning Centre will develop a strong partnership with you to ensure we offer the best start to your child.

Each child will have a learning journey which will record their development and experiences while they are with us. We understand that caring for such young children is a privilege and to involve you as the primary carer is paramount. By adding your input in to the learning journey through our ‘wow’ certificates as well as comments and feedback within the daily sheets/diary we can strengthen the crucial home/nursery partnership.

Health and well-being

Together with their enjoyment of the healthy balanced meals and snacks offered throughout the day at nursery (see Food) we want to look after the health and wellbeing of all the children in our care. That is why we actively promote healthy choices such as outdoor play, simple hygiene routines and cooking activities.


The outdoors will be accessed by all the children throughout the day – “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!” Did you know that rickets is on the increase and a lot of young children are lacking in Vitamin D, and that this key vitamin which helps to keep bones strong comes from sunlight?

As well as supporting the children with hand washing and hair brushing, all the children (babies from 6 months) will have their own toothbrushes to encourage independence and routine of their own personal hygiene. All of this combined will encourage lifestyle choices that will remain with them into their adulthood.

We look forward to watching your children grow and develop with us and move throughout the nursery. Come and have a look, meet the team and see what we offer.

We know how hard it is to leave your precious baby in the care of others so we have created a room that offers a home from home experience. Our babies 0 to 12 months will be cared for in a beautiful open plan room. It is a large, bright and airy environment that gives a spacious and homely feel. Because the stages of development are so vast during these years we have separated the space using room dividers giving us ‘Red Peas’, for our younger babies and ‘Yellow Peas’ for our young toddlers, 1-2yrs.

The Red Peas have a 1:3 staff to child ratio, which not only exceeds OFSTED standards, but means we, can cater for the individual needs of each baby and follow the routines you have already developed.In stimulating surroundings, all of the children will be exposed to a variety of tactile and hands on activities that encourage all areas of development, including physical and communication. The babies also have the opportunity for cuddles and quiet time with an integral sleep room and cots available. All of our children go outside on a daily basis.

The Red Peas babies have individual routines, discussed and agreed in partnership with you to ensure that they have consistent care at nursery that meets their very unique patterns and routines. The babies have a wide range of exciting activities available as they grow and develop. Activities will include treasure baskets, sensory fun, creative, construction, music/singing, physical, outdoor play and many more.
 We provide a specialised weaning menu which supports the babies through the different stages in partnership with your wishes.

When the children reach around 18 months old they will spend time settling into one of our two toddler rooms, . As all of the staff work closely together across these rooms the transition will be managed seamlessly and effectively. When the babies move on the activities will develop with them as they become more independent and inquisitive. We look forward to supporting our youngest children and seeing the amazing changes in each individual as their personalities develop and begin to shine through.
Come and have a look, meet the team and see what we offer.


Your 1 year old continues to develop at an amazing rate, toddling, exploring, investigating and absorbing everything around them. As their independence and growing personalities builds them into curious individuals. The Red Peas Room offers space for them to practice and fine tune their recently found gross motor skills from crawling to walking, climbing, running, dancing and jumping all within a safe and secure environment. Through this crucial time for language and communication development we have plenty of resources such as books, puppets and instruments that will inspire and encourage your little ones to flourish.
As our ‘babies’ become independent ‘little people’ we aim to nurture their development while still offering a relaxed homely atmosphere. As they begin to grow and develop, eating and sleeping patterns begin to change, solid food has replaced the milk as the main source of nutrients and the children are catered for from our main nursery menus. While nap times usually fluctuate there is still plenty of opportunity to sleep and for quite times within the nursery day when needed. Play at this age begins to change and the children start to reflect on daily routines and discover their imaginations. Initiating games such as mimicking everyday routines such as cooking dinner or dusting, feeding babies or putting them to bed, driving cars or flying aeroplanes making the engine noises or roaring like dinosaurs and stamping their feet as they trudge through the jungle.

This is an amazing age where children rely so much on their carers to be role models but are also becoming self sufficient. By giving them the freedom to explore, investigate and providing inspirational equipment and activities as well as the love and personal care they need we allow our children to learn, grow and develop as individuals. The 1-2 year old children have a nursery routine taken from a natural pattern which gives the day structure but planning is guided by the children’s interests and will be developed to suit them individually. Activities will include sensory fun, creative, construction, music/singing, physical, outdoor play and many more. We look forward to supporting our young children and seeing the amazing changes in each individual as their personalities develop and begin to shine through.
Come and have a look, meet the team and see what we offer.

At two years old your child will be getting more and more independent with their own mind and ideas. At this important time for you and your family we have two rooms; Yellow Peas and Green Peas that allow children the freedom to explore, investigate and experiment within a safe and secure environment. Supporting the children with their new found (and still developing) language skills, imaginative play, co-ordination and physical skills, as well as toilet training and dressing skills.
Recognising that this age group learns so much from their peers but also from older children as role models, we have mixed age group rooms, these are for our children aged 2-4 years. As your child turns three the changes in them are immense. In a fun and informal way, we nurture each individual child whilst developing their confidence and all round skills in preparation for them to move on to ‘big school’. Both rooms have a huge variety of equipment and activities as well as daily access to the outdoors to support and enhance all round development. Giving the children clear boundaries to keep them safe it allows them the freedom to grow independently.

The Green Peas have been set up to allow the children freedom of choice and independence, to ignite imagination and focus on all areas of development; learning through play. The children have access to a huge assortment of different equipment and experiences to help them develop the skills for later in life. Through our experience we have seen that while these manufactured items are essential to their learning it is also important to give them contact with every day and natural items that they can experiment with and explore. Embedded in our daily routine we incorporate the Reggio Emilia philosophy. This is a programme based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment, based on the interests of the children.

Evidence has shown how much children learn from each other and it is imperative for them to become confident in groups with their peers. It is also important that they spend time with different aged children and within a typical day they are able to break away with staff into smaller groups and spend time with children of various ages. This can allow siblings to mix within a day but also equips the older children with a vast understanding of empathy and spacial awareness as their play changes while they interact with each other.
Before your child is due to go onto school we will start to implement a program to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. We have a library scheme where the children can take nursery books to share with you at home and we will encourage the children to talk about big school in fun projects and activities including a uniform day. This period of time is often harder for you as parents than it is for the children so we hope to develop links with the local schools in order to define contacts for you and to advertise open days. We will also highlight reminders of application deadlines. We have ‘spare’ space in the nursery so that the 4yr olds can spend some pre-school time with a member of staff separately from the younger children. While in this age group they become the most independent this is where the skills they have developed over the years are refined and perfected. To see the children leave us is a hard part of our job but to know that they leave us with confidence and an eagerness to learn makes our job worthwhile

The key to a healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy balanced diet. We provide breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks for the children which is all home cooked, nutritionally balanced and includes a variety of different flavors and recipes. We also cater for any allergy, dietary or religious needs.

We have always been passionate about food and have spent the last few years extensively researching everything about child growth and nutrition. Using our own experience of weaning and feeding growing toddlers, together with expert advice and following the guidelines set out in Little Peoples Plates, we have created a five week breakfast, lunch and tea menu.

Our menus cater for the growing child’s nutritional needs, using simple, locally sourced (whenever possible) ingredients to create traditional family favorites. We feel sure this will encourage and promote healthy choices that will remain with the child throughout their adult life. Menus can be adapted to meet the needs of any allergy or dietary/medical/cultural requirement your child may have.

Sample menu

Boiled egg with toast fingers or cereal with toast Orange wedges & sliced pear Pork sausages (or Quorn), with bubble and squeak and onion gravy followed by crumble topped baked peaches with custard Crackers and cream cheese Courgette muffins, homemade dips & vegetable sticks Grapes and pineapple chunks

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