A great day was had by all at our recent Open Day, held on Saturday 27 April. Thankfully the sun shone and we could enjoy full use of the gardens. Judy Wood, our Sports Coordinator, was with us to help put the children through their paces and they had a lot of fun running, catching [...]View Post
Welcome to High Trees Nursery
We provide a loving, safe and secure environment, so that all the children we care for:-
- Have fun and are happy
- Become confident and independent
- Make friends and develop their social skills
- Enjoy the freedom of playing and exploring outdoors
- Prepare for the move to school
Click here to find out more about us and how we work within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
From Our Parents
“I never had a moments worry about Sam, knowing he was in safe hands and that he always enjoyed himself”
“We are so proud and happy that Kai had such a good start in such a lovely nursery being looked after by such amazing people”
“We love High Trees . Our child Wilson is extremely happy at High Trees and we are planning to send our second baby there when the time arrives”
“Thank you for all your dedicated hard work, your warm care and your patience. We will miss you and cherish all the lovely times we had with you at High Trees”
“You do a fantastic job in nurturing our children it really is the most important and influential job there is and we really appreciate the care and interest you take in your work”
“The staff sold it to me, I felt absolutely confident leaving my baby here. Both our kids have come here and I have never ever had to worry about them whilst at work”
“I know my children are in the right place, the staff are brilliant and know my child”
“Our children have a wonderful time at High Trees. It is like a home from home with the added benefit of friends to play with and they are never short of things to do”
People You Can Trust
High Trees Nursery has a pool of welcoming, experienced and talented staff, who are the backbone of the nursery and one of the main reasons why parents choose us.
Room to Grow
High Trees is spacious inside but even more so outside, the children have access to a large natural space where they can play, explore and learn.
A Wealth of Experience
High Trees is an independent family owned business which has been run by the same family for 3 generations. We are very proud of this long tradition of care, development and education and delighted to continue to welcome new children to join the many thousands who have happy memories of High Trees.
We have four rooms – Ducklings, Cygnets, Robins and Blackbirds. The age range in each room is flexible as we like to let children progress through the rooms at their own pace as and when they are ready.
Prior to changing rooms, children will visit the next room to experience the day there. We have always found that this helps the children to settle well into each new room as they become familiar with the new routine and members of staff, ensuring a smooth transition.
We have a key worker system in place. The key worker attends to the personal needs of each child in their care and helps to ensure the smooth transition to the next room. Each room offers a progression of activities to ensure the continuing development of each child to the best of his or her abilities.
Chicks and DucklingsWe have 2 rooms for our youngest children - birth to about 2 years - with Chicks being more focused on the younger babies The ratios in this room are 1 staff member to 3 children. The main focus at this age is on creating a loving and caring environment where all the children’s needs are met. Sara, the room leader stresses that it is important to build a close relationship with the children “we can never be a substitute for mum, but mums do like to know that we develop a bond with each child”. Each child is cared for individually and we aim to follow their routines – we listen to parents and get to know the children so that we can tailor their feeding, sleeping and activities. As the children get older they start the early stages of crafts and painting and we encourage them to explore and experience their environment. We follow their developmental needs – such as learning to walk – and grow their independence through introducing things like hand washing and feeding themselves. The older children are outside every day and we like to give them every opportunity explore their senses.
CygnetsThis is our second room for children from 2 – 3 years. The ratios in this room are 1 staff member to 4 children. This room is all about expanding boundaries and as you would imagine it is a busy room with lots going on!. There are always creative activities happening and every morning we will be doing things like painting or collage, all based around a theme. The themes are child led and are based on anything from an item that a child has brought in to seasonal events. We do lots of baking, singing and music making, with physical activities every afternoon. The room activities are all play based but they are also designed to help the children gain confidence and independence. We begin to introduce them to learning colours, shapes and numbers and they start to recognise their own names in writing. They’ll also learn to use a knife and fork and drinking from a cup and toilet training. The children spend time outside every day and in the summer have free access from the room to the playground.
RobinsThis is our third/fourth room for children from 3 – 4 years. The ratios in this room are 1 staff member to 8 children. In Robins the children start to grow up a little in that they begin to gain in confidence and independence – they start to put on their own coats and go to the toilet independently. The activities in the room are still very much play based but the children will do basic early work on numbers and letters so that they are prepared for the next stage when they move up to Blackbirds. We are very adaptable to the children’s interests and all the activities are based around them – we do lots of art, music, and dancing and the children have access to creative and role play resources. The children will spend time outside every day and use the big playing field where they can run, climb, swing and explore.
BlackbirdsThis is our third/fourth room for children from 4 – 5 years. The ratios in this room are 1 staff member to 8 children. Blackbirds is the room where children begin pre-educational work in preparation for school. They are still learning through play but we introduce a bit more structure and let them experience more formal work. For example Blackbird room has a lending library where you can borrow a book for shared reading. We also use lots of outdoor natural items to help the children learn their day to day mathematics. Through their play, they will also develop socially – learning how to be friends, how to share and about acceptable behaviour. All these things give the children a head start when they do move on to school. Children at this age start to form groups of friends, and might even see them outside nursery. They love working and playing together and have free access to play resources along with a computer, other ICT equipment and role play. The room has a home corner where the children can get absorbed in the small world toys - pirate ships, kitchens, castles, farms.
Judy Wood is celebrating 40 years as PE teacher at High Trees – she started work with us 1973! Judy visits the nursery once a week and works with children from two to four years old, teaching basic sports skills in preparation for primary school. She works with the children outside whenever possible and carries out [...]View Post
Ezra our Guide dog puppy is now 5 months old and the children are providing him with lots of opportunity to practice the skills he will need as a Guide dog. The children love seeing him around and are learning how he will be a special dog who will help blind people when he is [...]View Post
New tax incentives for childcare have been announced. To be eligible, families will have to have all parents in work, with each earning less than £150,000 a year and not already receiving support through Tax Credits or Universal Credit. The relief will be 20% of the costs of childcare up to a total of childcare [...]View Post