Pilling Park Nursery Garden

Our children are encouraged to get outdoors as much as possible for plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Children have direct access to the nursery garden, with room for children to climb, ride trikes and run around, as well as space for quieter activities like painting, drawing, games or reading. There is a separate adjoining garden to the side of the community centre, with plans to build a mud kitchen.

We plan to make the most of our setting which adjoins Pilling Park, with woods beyond. Nature trails, woodland walks and even a forest school are all in the pipeline, to introduce the children to native animals, minibeasts and the changing seasons.

Both indoors and out, older children are encouraged to take on a nurturing role, helping the younger ones to try new activities and be aware of their safety.

Our skilled practitioners are always on hand to ensure the children's safety, help them to sort out conflict and to encourage learning opportunities that naturally emerge through play. They are highly trained to balance safety, on the one hand, with children's natural desire to take risks, on the other. Our play area has soft-play surfacing so that any fall is comfortably cushioned.

The garden is always alive and busy, with a choice of staff-led activities such as skipping, balancing, ball games, music making, bubble-blowing and nature projects - or the freedom to play as they choose.


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Key Person

Your child will be assigned a key person, who will help to ensure that your child's learning and care is tailored to meet his/her individual needs.

He/she will work with you to ensure that your child makes the best progress possible. He/she will keep you informed of your child's progress, let you know if there any concerns and give you ideas to support their learning at home.

In return you will be invited to share any achievements or milestones you may have observed at home.


Learning Journeys

All the time the children are playing and learning under our guidance, we will be observing their progress and taking photos of their achievements.

These are recorded in an online 'learning journal' (Tapestry) and you will be given an individual login to be able to access your child's journal whenever you like.


Log into Tapesty: Online learning journal

Healthy Snack

Mid session the children are invited to sit down for a healthy snack. We use this time to introduce new foods and tastes, as well as bringing out old favourites (see Health & Nutrition).

Snacks include healthy nibbles and bites, including dried and fresh fruits, raw vegetables, cheese, ham, pizza. Milk is served with the snack. Please let us know if your child has any known food allergies.

Children are also encouraged to drink water at other times during the session.

Key Person

Your child will be assigned a key person, who will help to ensure that your child's learning and care is tailored to meet his/her individual needs.

He/she will work with you to ensure that your child makes the best progress possible. He/she will keep you informed of your child's progress, let you know if there any concerns and give you ideas to support their learning at home.

In return you will be invited to share any achievements or milestones you may have observed at home.

Learning Journeys

All the time the children are playing and learning under our guidance, we will be observing their progress and taking photos of their achievements.

These are recorded in an online 'learning journal' (Tapestry) and you will be given an individual login to be able to access your child's journal whenever you like.


Log into Tapesty: Online learning journal

Healthy Snack

Mid session the children are invited to sit down for a healthy snack. We use this time to introduce new foods and tastes, as well as bringing out old favourites (see Health & Nutrition).

Snacks include healthy nibbles and bites, including dried and fresh fruits, raw vegetables, cheese, ham, pizza. Milk is served with the snack. Please let us know if your child has any known food allergies.

Children are also encouraged to drink water at other times during the session.