Wonder and Awe
At Deddington Nursery and PFSU children’s natural curiosity about our world is used to build wonder and awe; Projects and topics are designed to enhance children’s imagination through play and adventure. Children are given opportunity to actively learn and explore using their own creativity and enjoyment of their achievements.
Led by passion, not profit
We are a not-for-profit charity whose primary aim is to provide exceptional care for children from their second birthday until they go to school. Our settings are run by a team of highly experienced professionals who are passionate about what they do. Our parent committee oversees the running of the organisation and supports our fundraising activities.
what drives us?
Characteristics of effective learning
Children are born, ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and the world around them. Development is not an automatic process however, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
(2 – 3 year olds)
Our nursery provides care for children from their second birthday until the September after they turn three. Our focus is play and child-led education. We are a small setting, with a registration for only 16 children per session. This means our small staff team get to know each child well.
(3 – 4 year olds)
Our pre-school has one intake per year in September for 3 year olds. It is registered for up to 20 children. It is based in a purpose-built unit next to the foundation stage of Deddington Primary School. We continue the play-based preschool education and gradually prepare the children for school with a more structured routine.
Exploring our world
Nature on our doorstep
Exploring our natural world plays a big part in our day and both settings have large outdoor spaces including woods, playing fields and play equipment for the children to explore.
We focus on the seven areas of learning and development…
Communication and language
We develop our children’s confidence and skills in expressing themselves. Our days are structured to give the children plenty of opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations. We are lucky to have staff trained in identifying and assisting with speech and language issues and work with other agencies where a need is identified.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We focus on helping our children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships with adults and other children and develop respect for others. Activities are designed to assist children to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Our days are planned to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to be active. In particular to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. We also help children to understand the importance of staying healthy through physical activity, and making healthy food choices.
Both settings have a wide range of reading materials in comfy corners to encourage the children to choose and explore stories independently. We read stories every day in small groups, one to one and in larger groups and children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
Our daily activities are designed to give children opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers. We have resources to help with calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measurement.
Understanding the World
We guide our children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Our children are encouraged to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They are also encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology
Each child will be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help the child become familiar with the setting and offer a settled relationship with the child and to build a relationship with their parents.
something about us….
We love stories
One of our parents made a video of our preschool children doing some of the things we love best; telling stories…Here’s the Prince who loved stories. A huge thankyou to Emma Spellman at Oojamaflick
What Parents are Saying
“There is a lovely friendly and relaxed atmosphere, but also a productive buzz going on. She has learned a lot from being in this lovely secure environment.”
“I’ve been very impressed with the focus on outside or international cultures and countries in order to broaden the children’s worldview”.
“…has been encouraged and supported so well with everything she has experienced at the PFSU…really helped her to learn and grow as a person”.