Grapevine Nursery School in Heeley, Sheffield, opened in 2004. We have places for 47 children, and have consistently gained good Ofsted reports. In recognition of our high standards we were recently awarded a £30,000 Capital Fund Grant to redevelop our playground, which now has many exciting features you can view on this website.
Our nursery is owned and run by a teacher who has spent her career in mainstream schools, which is why education is at the heart of ours activities. We use the Highscope approach to develop learning, which encourages children to make choices from babyhood.
Our educational system combines small-group sessions (when staff develop structured activities with children) and “work times,” when children are offered their choice of all play materials - but they must first plan their intended activity by telling their key worker what they wish to do. At the end of work times, children gather in small groups with their key worker to talk about what they did/made/learned, and show their models/pictures to the rest of the group. In this way a “plan, do, review” cycle is established.