The beginning of a life-long journey…
Early childhood lays the vital foundations upon which everything else is built.
That is why we've opened a new state-of-the-art Nursery which opened in September 2018 and welcomes children from nine months. The Nursery, which is known as The Garden At Kingswood, is open 45 weeks of the year with an option of an extra five. It provides a nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment for children to play, learn and interact with staff and other children.
Never content to stand still, we take a strong lead on innovative practice. The Nursery and Early Years at Kingswood Prep School are focused on aiding the children’s development at every stage. We warmly invite you to experience the School for yourself, and we look forward to welcoming you.
In the Early Years curriculum, we provide a happy, stimulating, exploratory experience for our children within a unique and secure setting. First and foremost, our aim is for the children to develop important life skills, such as curiosity, creativity, persistence, resilience, imagination, confidence and resourcefulness.
We know that when children have an outstanding educational experience during their early, formative years, it not only aids their brain development but also shapes their lifelong attitude towards school and learning. For this reason, we place a strong emphasis on meeting children’s individual needs and providing a balance of both spontaneous and carefully planned activities to suit a wide spectrum of learning styles.
Early Years at KPS provides the time and opportunities for children to prepare for school: to develop as individuals, form relationships, learn to collaborate, cultivate their creativity, make sense of their world in their own unique ways and establish a lifelong love of learning.
Our curriculum focuses on interactive experiences and working with specialist teachers on exciting topics and activities/themes over extended periods of time. The children are encouraged to investigate the events around them that have real meaning for them. We strongly believe in the importance of teaching holistically and grasping learning opportunities wherever they arise.
Our passionate staff are powerful advocates for the children and families in their care, working in partnership with parents and providing information and support on a wide range of issues. The staff at KPS have the emotional warmth and intuition to recognise the uniqueness of each child.
Our teaching focuses on encouragement, sensitivity, support, child-initiated activity and modelling skills, with a strong focus on developing and supporting language and social skills. Specialist teachers for Gym, Spanish, Maths and Science work with the children throughout their time in the Nursery and continue to support them as they progress through KPS Pre-Prep.
The Nursery children at KPS love to explore the School’s vast and beautiful grounds, whether this involves sharing a story among the trees, playing in the magical secret garden or taking some calculated risks with friends in the adventure playground.
The Nursery children are very much a part of the School, joining in for School events and assemblies from time to time as appropriate as part of a rich and varied day. From the beginning of their time in Nursery, children are immersed in the Kingswood ethos, which makes the progression to Reception natural and easy.