OUR nursery was purpose built and has been at its current location on the outskirts of Carlisle for more than 10 years.

We have recently given the nursery a makeover and redecorated the rooms to give them all a fresh and natural feel.

We have four large nursery rooms which have been given new names in keeping with our natural theme.

Our senior staff worked closely together to transform their rooms to create calm and interesting environment’s for the children to learn and grow in.

We have taken inspiration from Reggio Emilia and Montessori and mentor all of our Nursery Nurses to plan new and interesting activities that entice the children to learn and explore.

The role of our nursery nurses is then to support and extend each child’s learning using different techniques.

By introducing more natural and real life resources the children are able to explore their own ideas, they are free to move the resources around the room to other areas as they play which also increases their independence and confidence.

Each room has similar areas for the children to explore although the resources and enhancements in these areas are slightly different to offer challenges and new things to learn as the children progress from babies through to preschool.

Our main objective is to support children’s learning and development and we feel that the combination of our interesting provision and the support from our experienced and knowledgeable practitioners offers children a fantastic start to learning.

We work closely with families and develop close bonds with the children in our care so that our practitioners are so in tune with the children that they can be responsive teachers and provide new and exciting learning experiences.

Recently we broadened our community links with Scotby Church and Rosehill Residential Care Home with great success and we now meet with both on a monthly basis.

Whether we go to the care home or they come to us, we arrange different activities such as singing, crafts a general play which both groups benefit from immensely as they interact.

The elderly residents help the young children with their tasks and ask the children questions and in turn the youngsters ask for help with things, tell stories and ask them questions, it is great for the development of their social and communication skills.

Our setting is open 8am to 6pm all year round and we welcome anyone who would like to come and have a look around, our number is 01228 599400.

OUR setting has three outdoor spaces which include a soft surface area for running, climbing and riding bikes, an orchard and a smaller soft surface area.

Our orchard is a fantastic environment for the children to explore, it offers many learning opportunities for the children as they notice small changes with the seasons, find creatures and grow plants. The children enjoy this space all year round, they don their wellies and rain coats at this time of year and go on nature hunts to find leaves, seeds and berries to take back inside to make pictures with. The trees provide natural shade in the summer and the different areas of the orchard are set up to provide a mud kitchen, dens, bug hotel, water trays, painting and sand pit, they are never short of things to do! Our small soft surface area which the youngest children use all is joined to our baby room. We have a large parasol to provide shade in the summer and our practitioners set up this area with cushions, soft toys and blankets so that the youngest babies can enjoy the fresh air outdoors. The slightly older babies who are more mobile are given the opportunity to pull themselves up and stand at a water tray and a small bench. We also have a flat tray for setting up sensory and painting.