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Our Nursery has three rooms all in the Lavender Courtyard:

  • Lavender Room for 2 years
  • Garden Room for 2 - 3 years
  • Acorn Room, Pre-School for 3 - 4 years

Each of these rooms has dedicated and experienced staff, offering a warm, caring and stimulating environment. We aim to create a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities which allow each child to develop early skills while embedding their learning through play. This means that cooperation, perseverance, critical and creative thinking, and active learning are all encouraged. Healthy meals, snacks and milk are provided every day.

The Lavender Courtyard with our very own Lavender Cottage gives access to outdoor learning, including sand and water play.  The children also regularly go out on supervised nature walks in our extensive grounds. Life-cycles and seasonal changes are observed first hand, as well as the children, getting opportunities to climb, run and enjoy wide open spaces. Meanwhile, our woodland area is fenced and provides opportunities for the children to explore nature, play in the ‘mud kitchen’, and develop confidence in a secure environment.

Of course, the wellbeing of each and every child is at the heart of everything we do. 


Our thorough, broad curriculum, covers the three Prime and seven Specific areas of the Early Years curriculum. Each week, we offer swimming, PE, French and Music lessons taught by our specialist teachers.  In addition the children are offered a variety of extra-curricular activites such as yoga, tennis, ballet and football. All children in the Early Years Foundation Stage visit the library once a week where they can listen to stories and choose a book to share at home.

The year before they join Reception, our Pre-School children are introduced to the Phonics scheme that we use in Pre-Prep and the Head of Nursery will teach them early Numeracy skills. These sessions will aid our children’s transitions to Reception.

The ISI inspected Chandlings' Early Years Foundation Stage in March 2016 awarding “outstanding” in every category.

"The caring nurturing environment promotes their self-esteem and feelings of security and leads to their excellent personal, social and emotional development."

"As a result of the excellent teaching and learning experiences and the care they receive, children make rapid progress in relation to their starting points and are well prepared for the next stages of their education."                                                                                                                                Latest ISI Inspection

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