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Lyndhurst Day Nursery & Pre school Ethos and Pedagogy 

What makes us different? 


Finding a nursery, you can trust to care for your child in their early years can be a dauting task. We have set out to create an independently run nurturing and homely nursery setting where all children, parents and staff can feel the true sense of a home from home. 

Lyndhurst Day Nursery & Pre school is set within a spacious and charismatic building former Pocklington School. Our warm comforting colour scheme, natural wooden furniture, large spacious rooms, and beautiful gardens ensure the children benefit from a familiar, fun and relaxing environment. Free movement between rooms is central to our ethos. The garden with lawn at the front of the building is where children can be involved in a range of forest school activities.  We encourage children to be involved in our scientific area, growing and planting to understand where food comes from and use this in our cooking activities. Our childcare covers 2 months to 5 years operating from 8 am till 6 pm weekdays. Our staff ratios are 1:3 in babies and 1:4 in Toddlers and 1:7 in our Pre School this ensures the highest level of personal care and bonding with your child. 

Our Day the children in all rooms have singing, music, dance, and story times. Children have a range of activities to access from cooking making bread to chopping up vegetables to make soup. We go out into the community to the park, nature walks, visits to the shops to buy fruit and vegetables for our snack time. 

Baby Room 

Our Baby room focuses on a holistic play approach, learning through our senses, this is where we introduce messy play opportunities, sand and water, movement to music and bubble time. Babies join in with Forest School activities we focus on light and colours through the different seasons. 

Toddler Room 

Our Toddler room children free flow into different rooms exploring our construction room, creative activities, messy play, bikes and scooters in the garden, obstacle courses. Children in our Toddler room start learning simple phonic songs and games and learn how to come together at circle time for our focused listening time this allows children to have some quiet time. As children move from our Babies  to our Toddler Room then onto  Preschool room. 


Children in our Preschool room have a range of activities and more focus on learning as they move around the different rooms selecting their own activities. We have an Artist of the month supporting children to explore a range of artists throughout history. Children enjoy yoga, movement and dance as well as meditation through a mindful approach. It is a natural transition process for Pre school children to focus on initial sounds and letter and sounds games. We focus on finger phonics incorporating early writing skills and promote independent learning to support children as individuals and we encourage and support each child in our nursery and Preschool. 

Rooms in the Nursery

All the rooms in the nursery do cooking activities and  we promote healthy eating. Babies make bread it is about the process and different textures rather than the finished product. Children make a range of different foods incorporating herbs and other flavours they may not have tried before. 

Our Pedagogy 

Our Curriculum is a mixed pedagogy influences are the Reggio Emilia approach this approach is an educational philosophy and pedagogy focused on Pre school education and primary education. This approach is child centred and constructive self-guided curriculum that uses self-directed, experimental learning focusing on collaborative learning. We promote our teachers/early years practitioners to be seen as partners and guides. Our environment provides a more flexible and open ended for children to explore.  Our Pedagogy is a method of how we are teachers and Early Years Practitioner's teach, in theory and in practice. As educators we believe the interplay between cultures and different ways to learn. 

Out of School 

Lyndhurst Day Nursery & Pre School encourage the children attending our out of school and holiday club good manners, being respectful to each other. We have a range of activities planned for the children each evening and on a Friday, we have a popcorn and film night. During term time our activities are planned and organised by our Leader of the Holiday Club. Children go on trips and take part in our forest school activities.

The Fundamental Principles of Reggio Emilia 

  • Children can construct their learning 

  • Children learn their place in the world through interactions

  • The adult is their guide. 

The Reggio approach suggests there are three teachers that are involved with children's learning the parents, the classroom teachers/Early Years Practitioners, and the environment of the classroom within the nursery setting. Parents are considered a competent and active part of their children's learning experience. In all rooms of the nursery Reggio Emilia has an influence

Baby Room .

Holistic development supports all areas of development in young children, such as the moral, affectionate, physical, intellectual (cognitive) emotional and social development, as well as language development, to help meet the demands and challenges of daily life. Play based pedagogy an approach to advance young children holistic development. 

Holistic development includes physical, cognitive, socio-emotional, moral and effective development and lies in early childhood development education. Children learn through different age-appropriate teaching and learning pedagogies. Therefore, the importance of implementing play-based methodology in the early years. This is underpinned by the theory of play as a spiral of learning. 

Curiosity Approach 

Has an influence within the nursery it provides us to write our own curriculum. This has allowed us to focus on our children's individual learning within our environments. We have provocations around a child's interest we have found it is important to look at children's schematic play and enhance your environment with resources that will support these schemas. For example, if a child is interested in cars, it might not be they are interested in cars rather the rotation of the wheels. 

Pre School  

Our Preschool room can be loud at times and a busy place to be, but starting our journey on the Curiosity Approach, made us start to think about how to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday routines. We looked at incorporating it into our learning environments, but we took it further and how we can use it for ourselves as leaders, and for our staff team. 


Our practice focuses on sitting and playing with children for extended periods. Talking, laughing, listening, individually and in groups. We work collaboratively with educators, families, children and the community.


Our approach to Pedagogy is constructivism. This can also be described as progressive teaching style which is a response to a traditional  method. 

Social Constructivism - focuses on the collaborative nature of learning. 

This means knowledge develops from how people interact with each other, their culture, and society at large. Children rely on others to help create their building blocks, and learning from others helps them construct their own knowledge and reality. 

Behaviourism - focuses on the idea that all behaviours are learned through interactions with the Environment   Behaviourism stresses how the environment factors influence behaviour, and how people interact with their environment. 

Liberationism - focuses on an approach where a child's voice is placed at the centre, and the classroom the value is placed  -on having the teacher as a learner, and the class works collaboratively together. The teacher/early years practitioner supports children to be well rounded rational, and moral human beings.

Our Values and Ethos 

Challenge, Aspire, Nurture

To challenge, promote aspiration and nurture every child in an inclusive environment which offers rich experiences and opportunities that successfully prepare them for the challenges of the future. 


We challenge every child by establishing high expectations, building key skills that deepen their learning enabling them to be effective communicators who can reason and explain their thinking


We promote high aspirations for every child by offering experiences and opportunities through our rich and varied curriculum, working together to foster ambition in every child and equipping them with the tools to achieve their full potential. 


We nurture our children by 'modelling' a relationship aware approach to education, valuing the individual, providing our children with social confidence and self-awareness. We communicate respectfully, building trust together

We have linked these values to a Learning Dimension and to an animal that lives in each room of our nursery. Children can then identify with in order to make them successful learners

  • Friendly Mouse  - who reminds us to question

  • Caring Badger  - who helps us to connect all our learning

  • Thoughtful Bat  - who reminds us to plan

  • Respectful Bee  - who helps us communicate 

  • Enthusiastic Squirrel  who encourages us to be creative thinkers

  • Butterfly - who includes everyone

The nursery has a themed "learning to Learn" time at the start of the year to ensure all children understand our values and the lifelong learning skills that we model. 

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