The Orchard Nursery & Mice Preschool

The Mead School opened a nursery in September 2017 at the Hilperton site, and a preschool class called Mice at the Wingfield site. Both settings accept 3 and 4 year olds, and the new 30 hours free entitlement for those children who are eligible. (If you would like to check your eligibility, you can use the following website: www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator.)

Throughout the day the children have access to a wide range of activities and resources both inside and out with a range of adult led experiences as well as ample time to pursue their own avenues of play and learning. Adults in the foundation stage focus on what the children can do, their stage of development and what their next steps are in order to support them in meeting their full potential. This is an exciting way to learn and teach and we share the children’s learning journeys regularly with parents/carers.

In the Early Years children work towards the Early Learning Goals which most of them achieve by the end of Reception. Our curriculum ensures that all children have access to learning in the following seven areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional,
  • Communication and Language,
  • Physical Development,
  • Literacy,
  • Maths,
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World

Please note that having a place at The Mead Nursery does not entitle a child to a place at The Mead Primary School and you will need to follow guidelines set out by Wiltshire Council and apply as per their current criteria.

“Play is the highest form of research” - Albert Einstein

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