A message from the Headteacher

Everywhere, we read about 'strange times' and 'the new normal' as each of us deals with the challenges that coronavirus has introduced into our daily lives.

At Batford Nursery, we remained open throughout the spring 2020 lockdown for the children of key workers; we re-opened on 1st June on a reduced timetable - initially just to those children who were due to transition to Reception and then more widely; since September 2020 we have been operating full 15 and 30 hours' provision for all our families.  We have adjusted to new ways of working, and to the frequent hand washing and cleaning regime, to ensure as far as possible a Covid-safe environment for staff and pupils alike ... and the children are thriving!

We are sad that parents can no longer come and go freely in school but we have embraced video technology to deliver welcome meetings, parent consultations and curriculum events.  And although the opportunity to chat at drop-off and pick-up times is restricted, there is still very much an 'open door' policy - we are only ever a phone call away.

So, although it is nursery-not-quite-as-we-knew-it, the quality of provision and our nurturing ethos remains intact.

Batford Nursery School is my second home. I came here as a teacher in 2008, was Deputy Head from 2012 to 2017 and, since January 2018, it has been my privilege to be Headteacher. We are so lucky to have a well-resourced school in a fabulous setting - our outdoor space is the envy of many nursery schools - and we aim for Batford Nursery School to be your children’s home from home, a place where they feel safe and nurtured. Your children’s wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and we share your aspirations for them to become happy and confident young people.

All of the governors and staff - teachers, early years practitioners ... and support staff - are passionate about nursery education and we work in the knowledge that the foundations we lay today will have an impact on the children’s lifelong learning journey. It is a huge responsibility, but how exciting to know that we are planting seeds for the next generation’s engineers, care workers, teachers, train drivers ... !!!

Our goal is for the children to experience awe and wonder every day as they learn about themselves and the world around them. We plan a creative, challenging and relevant curriculum, with learning opportunities in every play activity. Core learning is enriched by our forest school provision, yoga for all and mindfulness training. Your children can expect an individualised programme of learning so that all will make progress. We greatly value the collaboration we have with parents - you are a part of the Batford family too - and, together, we will always have an eye on your child’s next steps.

When it is time to move on, we have great relationships with all of the local primary schools and make every effort to ensure a good transition for the children.

Does this sound like the setting for your child? Please read on through our website for more detailed information about what you can expect from Batford Nursery School and what Ofsted has to say about the provision we offer. You can also find out about our 30 hours' offer for eligible families as well as the wraparound care provision offered by Batford Day Care Ltd.

Whilst visits are restricted at the moment, if after exploring the site you have questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sarah Hedges