With a dedicated Nursery and Pre-school (known as Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 respectively at King’s Hawford) situated in the very heart of the school, the Early Years journey at King’s Hawford starts at the age of two.
King’s Hawford is often described as “one big happy family”. Our warm and nurturing Nursery environment provides the stability young children need to develop in confidence and independence, whilst the breadth of opportunities and activities introduces them to the fun and adventure that awaits as they start their learning journey.
Our Kindergarten children experience everything that King’s Hawford has to offer. Whether it’s caring for our chickens and birds, swimming in our indoor, heated pool, exploring our Forest School, or taking part in exciting musical sessions, there really is something for everyone.
What makes our Kindergarten so special?
- Outdoor learning is at the heart of everything we do. We have been awarded a Gold Award from The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. We have a dedicated outdoor classroom for themed activities, and regularly explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds us.
- Children enjoy extensive use of our school site, with access to our indoor, heated pool, an outdoor garden area, a well-equipped Forest School, and an outdoor play area with adventurous play equipment.
- Small groups of children with generous staff ratios enable us to tailor activities to each child’s particular interest.
- We offer an extended programme of activities, including indoor and outdoor PE sessions, Shake, Rattle and Groove Music sessions, Rugby Tots, Ballet, Forest School sessions, weekly swimming lessons, and, for our three years olds, an introduction to German.
- Children build strong links with our Reception class to ensure a smooth transition to school.
- We offer a full-time provision to support working families with childcare, operating from 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday throughout the year. There is also an optional breakfast service for children arriving between 7.30am and 8.00am.
Children have opportunities to investigate and experience things whilst playing and exploring. They learn to concentrate, to solve problems for themselves, develop their own ideas and to make links by thinking creatively and critically.
The journey through Kindergarten
Children can join us at King’s Hawford as soon as they reach the age of two, when they will be welcomed into Kindergarten 1. Even at this young age we introduce them to a whole range of exciting, indoor and outdoor experiences, whilst ensuring they have access to activities that appeal to their individual interests.
As they approach pre-school age they move to Kindergarten 2 where we introduce additional pre-school activities and routines, and take steps to further integrate them into school life to ensure they are well prepared for their transition to Reception.
Our daily routines
Our aim is to offer children a safe and nurturing environment. Each child is assigned a Key Worker who will keep you up to date with the progress and take overall responsibility for the well-being of your child.
Children sit together to enjoy a range of delicious meals throughout the day, all of which are prepared in our kitchens. Our morning snack includes fruit, and milk or water. Lunch is a healthy, two-course, cooked lunch, and those staying for the day enjoy a sandwich during afternoon break.
We enjoy a ‘rest-time’ after lunch, with gentle music and stories for those who still need to nap. During the course of any given day, children enjoy a mix of free and themed-activities. We have regular circle-time sessions with singing, rhymes and stories, alongside activity-based sessions and outdoor-play times.
Flexible sessions and a full-time provision
Private nursery care includes the option of full- and half-day sessions, and pick-up times to coincide with the traditional school day. We operate between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday throughout the year. We accept vouchers towards payment and nursery funding. Please contact our Registrar for details.
Find out more about our session times and fees.
The Nursery follows the school’s term dates, with the addition of Holiday Club to provide continued care throughout the school holidays.
How old do my children have to be to join the Kindergarten at King’s Hawford?
We take children as soon as they turn two. If you’d like them to start around the time of their second birthday feel free to come and visit us in advance so we can complete the registration process.
We do not anticipate that all children will be potty trained at this stage and we will support with any transition.
What are the opening hours for Kindergarten?
We offer a full-time provision from 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. You can choose half-day sessions and pick-up times to coincide with the traditional school day.
During school holidays we offer an extensive Holiday Club, which also operates between 7.30am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
What is included within the fees?
Fees cover all meals, snacks, and even outdoor waterproof clothing for Forest School sessions or outdoor walks around our extensive grounds.
Children enjoy a morning snack of fruit and milk. Lunch is a two-course cooked meal, and we provide sandwiches during afternoon break. We also provide a light snack at 5.00pm at a small additional charge if children stay for our ‘late club’ provision.
Parents simply need to provide nappies and wipes where required, a pair of wellington boots, and sun cream during the summer months.
Do Kindergarten children wear a uniform?
Yes, children need to wear uniform during term-time. This can be purchased through Schooltogs. Alternatively, we run second-hand uniform sales throughout the year.
Children wear their own clothes during Holiday Club.
Do you accept childcare vouchers?
Yes, we accept childcare vouchers and payments made through child tax accounts.
Do you honour the free Early Years education funding?
We accept Nursery funding towards payment. Please contact our Registrar for details.
What facilities do children have access to?
Children take advantage of the extensive range of facilities available within the school. We spend a lot of time outside, which includes regular trips to our outdoor garden. Children also enjoy PE in the ‘Barn’, with Kindergarten 2 children enjoying one term learning trampoline skills, weekly Forest School sessions, and swimming lessons in our indoor pool. We also run ‘Shake, Rattle and Groove’ music sessions.
How do you communicate with parents?
Each child has a Key Worker who will take overall responsibility for your child’s well-being and will keep you up to date on their progress.
Communication really is key at this young age, so staff are always willing to chat to you during drop-off and pick-up time. Each child has a daily diary for communications with parents. We also host regular Parents’ Evenings so we can discuss your child’s well-being and progress in greater detail, alongside a yearly report at the end of the academic year.