Hetton-le-Hole Nursery School is a Sunderland Local Authority 39 place nursery. We offer flexible places that will suit the needs of each family. Every child is entitled to 15 hours free nursery education and we can also offer wrap around care from 7.30am until 6pm. From September 2017 we now offer working parents the extended entitlement of 30 hours. There is an eligibility criteria that must be met, more information can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Nursery can be the child’s first experience of the wider world, outside of the family home. It is essential that this experience is varied, rich and of the highest quality to ensure that strong foundations are built to enable our children to progress through life successfully.
Our nursery is a beautifully designed room which flows naturally into our outdoor area, encouraging the children to develop skills on a larger scale. They have access to both indoor and outdoor areas, all day long, all year round. We strongly believe children learn best through play and so we make sure that the environments they play in are well planned, organised and resourced with clean, high quality resources to promote high quality engagement. We have specially trained skilful practitioners including a teacher who enthusiastically deliver an excellent individualised curriculum that meets the needs of all children.
We are extremely lucky to have such an extensive outdoor area which offers the children a vast range of experiences and opportunities. We spend lots of our day outdoors, with children and adults appropriately dressed. Nature provides a range of purposeful contexts that the children can really become involved in. The planting and harvesting of vegetables, the creation of habitat piles, the opportunities to climb and swing, the experience of different textures and resources such as sand, water and mud. Children are able to take measured risks, to develop a real love of the world around us and become passionate about nature.
We also have Nursery pets which include 2 guinea pigs, some stick insects and some African Snails. The children are responsible for their care; this gives them the opportunity to take responsibility for something and develop a caring attitude towards nature and animals.