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The Old Rectory Kindergarten

Learning Through Play


Core Aims

We are the first steps in raising a confident, happy, and kind member of society. Our focus is not on competition but on enjoyment, forming friendships, and building self-worth.

We believe that if nursery is engaging and a child feels happy and comfortable then learning will follow.

We aim to create well rounded individuals who go on to contribute positively to the community and enjoy a lifelong love of learning.

Our Core Beliefs

Listening to children ensures each child is treated as an individual. Letting children take the lead enables independence, self-confidence, emotional growth and the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Play is essential to developing a child emotionally, intellectually, and socially. The environment is a teacher - stimulating and open-ended resources aid in interest and learning.

Home from Home – nursery should be a nurturing and attentive environment where a child’s care and wellbeing are as important as learning.

Our Values



Free play is essential and beneficial for children. It is important for the development of a child as whole – building self-esteem, encouraging independent thinking, evolving decision making. Play enables cognitive functioning – if you want a child to learn, let them play.



Trust, Empathy and Respect We want our nurseries to be a nurturing and attentive environment. Children need to have healthy relationships with peers and adults to flourish as an individual. They need to feel a sense of belonging, companionship, and community whilst at nursery.

We want our children to learn in an atmosphere of trust, where they choose to follow rules out of respect rather than because they are told they must.

Empathy is an important part of feeling a sense of community. For an adult to contribute positively to society it is vital for them to build a sense of self-worth and practice respect and compassion during their childhood.


Outdoor Learning

We believe that some of the most important lessons in life take place outside of a ‘classroom’. Children need opportunities to explore, experiment, manipulate, marvel, risk-take, and create in order to take on board the vast amount of knowledge gained in early childhood. These developmental tasks are most effectively learnt through outdoor play as a child is more likely to remember what they have learnt because it was physical, real, contextualised and personally meaningful.


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