We aim to provide an outstanding level of care, with stimulating play and learning opportunities for children, in a safe and homely setting. Our core belief is that every child matters, and we have a growing reputation for providing a fun, friendly experience to every little explorer that walks through our door.
We are one of the most adaptable nurseries in Sussex – combine our four standard time slots with any additional ad-hoc hours you need, to get childcare perfectly tailored to your weekly routine. Our convenient location in Burgess Hill makes drop-off and pick-up a breeze.
We're a full time nursery: open five days a week, for fifty-one weeks of the year! Every day here is different, and action packed. The main room here is an exciting wash of colour and activity, and we have a secure garden filled with even more toys, to be enjoyed during the summer months. We also maintain a very clean facility - we're all trained in food hygiene, and we keep toys, hands and eating areas constantly immaculate.
Stimulate the mind...
At Little Explorers Nursery and Preschool the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children are constantly encountering new experiences and seeking to understand them in order to extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. The foundation stage is continued in reception classes in primary school. The foundation stage is based on seven areas of learning.
Three Primary Developmental Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area of learning is about emotional well-being, knowing who you are and where you fit in and how to feel good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, social competence and a positive attitude to learn.
Communication and Language
The ability to communicate gives children the capacity to participate more fully in society. We will help your child to learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying stories, songs and rhymes. They will learn to link sounds with letters, develop writing skills, and become familiar with books.
The children will learn to improve skills in co-ordination, manipulation and movement, develop a positive sense of well- being and begin to recognise the importance of keeping healthy. They will have access to enjoy opportunities outdoor play in our fantastic garden area and we will also have frequent access to equipment to enhance their gross motor skills indoors.
Fun, Fun, Fun...
Children who attend get the chance to play and learn alongside other children and acquire skills, which will give them a head start at school. Our nursery is filled wall to wall with toys, art equipment, stimulating posters and signs, and we even have a a little fun with ICT on the nursery iPad.
As they acquire skills they are taking part in fun, challenging activities – keeping them stimulated with a desire to learn. We like to plan and take the children on an adventure every day, whatever the child's abilities or skills. With our wealth of resources and fantastic practitioners your child will be guaranteed a fun packed day!
Early Arrivals, Breakfast and Free Play
AM Arrivals, Free Flow – Choice of Activities
Art Area and Garden Opens!
Morning Snack Bar Opens
Circle time in key groups
Afternoon Snack Bar Opens
School Day Ends, Activity Change
Story Time, Quiet Activities
Children are encouraged to visit the toilet according to their individual needs. Nappies are checked and changed at regular intervals.
Babies under the age of two will follow their own routine, which carers will be made aware of.
The children will learn to link sounds with letters, develop writing skills, and become familiar with books and text.
Your child will develop an understanding of mathematics through counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns and making connections. We will encourage learning about numbers, shapes, space, and measures through games and activities.
Understanding the World
Children in this area of learning are developing skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world around them. This forms the foundation for later work in science, history and geography. They will find out about past events in their own lives and those of their family. They will also find out about different cultures and beliefs.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will be encouraged to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings, imaginatively using a wide variety of different materials and equipment including sand, water, paint and music.