Windrush Nursery has been established for 25 years and for the last 20 has run from my home in West Dean.
The nursery takes over the ground floor and garden from Monday through to Thursday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
I have four members of staff and between us we aim to provide a challenging, stimulating and most importantly, a happy environment for young children to thrive and develop.
The rooms that make up my home transform into exciting spaces. My kitchen becomes the art and craft area, science lab or cookery zone. My lounge doubles as an exciting role play area which may range from the river Amazon, or a land of castles and dragons, to a dance studio or a hospital for sick pets. It is also used as the place for story time and registration every day regardless of what wonders have been invented and created around the sofa! The nursery room, however is the perfect place for the budding IT expert, geologist or literary genius.
Our large garden is every child's dream. We use this space each day as a rich and ever changing learning environment, transferring many of our indoor activities outside. This enables children to learn and absorb ideas in a different way.
Whilst the activities of the day are carefully planned and structured, there is an overriding sense of flexibility and fun.
We are lucky to be within walking distance of our local woods which we visit regularly and experience the wonder of the changing seasons.
My partner is a well respected and well known sheep farmer in the local area and he brings a whole new dimension to nursery life. His knowledge and love of nature, wildlife and the land that surrounds us is invaluable. The children look forward to visiting the lambing sheds in springtime, watching the sheep shearing and going on tractor rides in the summer.
My staff and I take our roles very seriously, dedicating many hours discussing and planning appropriate activities for the children and catering for all stages of their development. We revisit familiar topics, but are constantly looking for new and exciting challenges for the children to enjoy.
My passion and enthusiasm for educating, inspiring and caring for children is as strong now as it was 25 years ago.