Little Lodge is a private independent Nursery School, owned and run by Mrs. Jane Jones, NNEB. Jane has worked with nursery children for the last 29 years, and obtained her NNEB at Chiltern Nursery Training College, Reading in 1978. She progressed from there to work with a huge diversity of children ranging from private care to the socially deprived.

It was in 1989 when she decided, after starting her own family, to use her considerable experience of working with children to open her own Nursery, and the birth of Little Lodge was the result.

However, Jane is not just a figurehead, and she can be found working in the Nursery with the children full time. In addition to running the Nursery, Jane is also an NVQ Child Care Assessor. We also have a full-time Deputy Manager, who is also NNEB trained. Another five staff members provide further assistance, one of which also works full time and is NNEB qualified. All our staff undertake regular training and up-dating courses several times a year.





Teaching Structure At Little Lodge we believe in giving children time to develop at their own pace, through play, enjoyment and encouragement. By giving children the chance to experiment and explore their environment, they gain great enjoyment and knowledge whilst building good foundations for later learning in life. Each child in our care is treated as an individual and their allocated Key Person works closely with you at all times to give your child the best possible standard of care and education. They will regularly discuss your child’s development and individual targets with you to enable them to progress smoothly within the early years framework. You know your child best of all, and we welcome all parental input to ensure that their time with us is both educational and exciting. The Early Years Foundation Stage, part of the Childcare Act 2006, covers the learning, development and welfare requirements that all early years providers must comply with. It is mandatory for all early years’ provisions in Ofsted registered settings to comply with this framework for children aged from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child has their fifth birthday. The aim of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to help young children achieve the five ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being. There are six areas of learning covered by the early learning goals and we ensure theses are covered in our planning programme.

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development

• Communication, Language and Literacy

• Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

• Knowledge and Understanding of the World

• Physical Development

• Creative Development

At Little Lodge Nursery School we deliver these six areas of learning through planned purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Each child has their own learning journey, which contains photos, observations, and samples of work they have completed which all link into the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements.

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