St John's, Colchester
Over at St John's, the building has been fitted out to a very high standard, creating a beautiful and bright spacious classroom. The nursery also benefits from a outdoor play space, sheltered in part from the canopy which leads onto a grassed play area. St John's has it's own small designated car park.
About our St John's setting:
Our nursery opened in 2017, therefore being our newest addition to Oaklea Montessori. The setting is conveniently situated just off Ipswich Road, Colchester, which is on a bus route. We are open for all families living or working in Colchester or surrounding rural areas.
We are currently awaiting our first Ofsted inspection with staff striving to deliver our consistent high standard of practice.
We are open from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year, providing childcare from two to five years old.
There is a small team of qualified and experienced staff. All team members are DBS checked, receive training in paediatric first aid and regularly attend training sessions to expand and develop their knowledge in childcare.
At St John's we work closely with the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service to support families.
We are developing links with the community - the children really enjoyed singing some Christmas songs at the Ederlies lunch club at St John's Church. Our quiet location is close to nature and a small residential area which offers extensive opportunities for learning opportunities, memory making and adventures! We also offer Forest Schools, using a nearby site. See our testimonials here.
Squirrels & Owls Rooms 2-5 years
Squirrels (our 2 year-olds) and Owls (our 3 to 5 year-olds) children have free flow access between two rooms and outdoors areas, supporting their developing needs and growing independence. This well laid out area allows the children to explore freely and engage in their personal interests.
Developmental movement play
Sand & water play
The classroom is set aside for quieter activities, including:
Free access to activities that support children's developing independence, care of themselves and encouraging fine motor control (such as threading or pouring)
Sensorial activities that prepare children for early maths and literacy
Exploration of the wider world and early science
Baking and cooking, following recipes and understanding the importance of healthy eating and hygiene routines
Children are able to choose to be outdoors, which provides them with a rich learning experience.
There are playtime resources such as cars, trikes, hoops etc.
We enjoy regular walks to neighbouring areas.
Outdoor activities include growing things, forest school and wildlife experiences
Regular Forest School sessions have been taking place since 2018, led by our Oaklea Montessori Forest School Leader.
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