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The Spanish Nursery

about us
(Our main Hall)

Nursery places for children aged 2 to 5.

There are 25 places available and the nursery is opened all year round Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm. The nursery staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 Framework and Statutory Guidance in providing the service.

We receive childcare vouchers towards the costs of the nursery fees (all major providers accepted). We are enrolled with the Universal Scheme for 3/4 year olds and have a limited number places for the 2 year old scheme.

Our Ethos

The Spanish Nursery and Children's Centre for Culture and Language aims to provide a welcoming and caring environment which values diversity, promotes equal opportunities and has an ethos of inclusion. All children are encouraged to develop confidence and recognise value in their contributions to their learning.

the nursery
(Hand painting – exploring with colours)

We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our children, whatever their needs or abilities. We want to offer affordable quality education and childcare to support working or studying parents/carers in a setting which promotes the Spanish culture, language and customs.

For a child, mental health means being able to grow and develop emotionally, intellectually and spiritually in ways appropriate for that child's age. The Bright Future Report (1999) put forward by the Mental Health Foundation, highlights that at any one time, 20% of our children and adolescents experience psychological problems of some sort, ranging from anxiety disorders to depressions and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Children as young as 4 years old are diagnosed with clinical depression.

A report published by United Nations ('An overview of the child well-being in rich countries', 2007) showed that children growing up in the United Kingdom suffer greater deprivation, worse relationships with their parents and are exposed to more risks from alcohol, drugs and teenage pregnancy than those in any other wealthy country in the world. We think that early years are the most important period in the development of future generations.

the nursery
(Touch is crucial to the development of attachment and the emotional health of young children)

We believe that it is the adults' responsibility to show and teach small children about human emotions, what they are, how they feel like, how to manage them. We aim to nurture happy and healthy children teaching them to develop and maintain loving and successful relationships, teach them to have high aspirations and help them achieve them. We will provide our children with a better start in life by continuing to support them to develop language skills and knowledge (all of the children in this nursery already speak at least two languages, most speak three and few even four). We aim to continue building up the children's resilience, their sense of self-esteem and self-confidence, their ability to deal with change and adaptation and help them build social problem solving skills. We aim to get the balance right between academic achievement and allowing children to be children.

We see our main contribution to the children's lives beyond providing a nursery placement but to the deep core of the formation of their character and spiritual being. In these formative years attachment is the single most important key in the development of a child's emotional well-being. Without a secure attachment our children cannot grow up to be caring, responsible adults who know instinctively how to unconditionally love and care for their own children. We want to carry on the ethos of the Spanish Sisters of Charity and raise our children with love and unswerving dedication. For us and our staff caring for our children comes from our hearts and not from a job description.

And as our own children will attend the same Centre, we reassure you that nothing short of excellent care will do.