At Ghyll Royd Pre-School and Nursery we provide a personalised, dynamic and rich classroom and outdoor environment for children 2 – 4 years. Early learning at GRS is promoted through carefully selected activities and continuous availability of materials and resources that promote confidence, independence, and curiosity for the children in our care.
The children are encouraged to use both indoors and our extensive outdoors and are supported to act independently, engage spontaneously in self-selected and teacher-led activities in order to lead their own learning and actively fulfil their potential.
Strong relationships are at the heart of everything we do at GRS and are readily formed in our positive family atmosphere. We believe that at GRS we are in a unique and privileged position to help and shape each and every child in our care.
Our daily use of the extensive outdoor environment at GRS allows the children to develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural world. It also enables children to nurture their confidence and develop self-esteem and creativity through decision making, assessing risk and the ability to develop at their own pace. The children at GRS adore the freedom associated with our outdoor setting, navigating the meadow, running in the large sports field or exploring and building a campfire in the woodland.
We fulfil all requirements laid out in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and in addition use the bespoke nature of our teaching to capture the curiosity and engagement of each child. Ensuring that children are encouraged to learn and develop at their own individual pace supports a child as they physically, socially and intellectually grow.
Our approach is play-based and child initiated, supported by carefully selected activities and teacher-led sessions. Phonics, Early Reading and Writing skills and Numeracy are embedded and part of our daily provision, and we use theme-based topics to build skills and experience in Science, Art and Geography. The pre-school and nursery environment evolves with the children, their interests and their development.
We utilise the skills of our Specialist staff and make the most of our modern facilities to broaden the daily experience of the children. The children have opportunities to enjoy sports in our multipurpose hall, ballet and outdoor learning, alongside weekly Music sessions with access to our extensive Music room.