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RGS The Grange Nursery

RGS The Grange Nursery in Worcester is one of three nurseries within the RGS Worcester family. Located on the outskirts of North Worcester and set in 50 acres of beautiful grounds, RGS The Grange Nursery offers the highest standards of Nursery and Pre-School care and education for ages 2 to 4.

RGS The Grange Nursery offers a unique and exciting educational experience that promotes growth, exploration and discovery in a caring and exciting environment. Our excellent school facilities, beautiful grounds, Forest School and Early Years specialist teachers make RGS The Grange Nursery the ideal setting for learning and development.

The RGS Grange Nursery offers a supportive and nurturing environment that allows children to Grow, Explore and Discover. Our specialist Early Years experts are passionate about early childhood development and support children as they learn and grow through our play-based child-centred curriculum. We aim for children to be motivated, physically agile, inventive and independent.

With our broad and varied curriculum, children enjoy an extensive range of activities based on specific topic subjects and their interests. Children enjoy a wonderful range of indoor and outdoor activities and learning is further enhanced by regular trips out and wide range of co-curriculum activities including:

  • Forest School
  • Music and French with specialist teachers
  • Cookery
  • Gardening
  • PE
  • Music and Movement

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Our varied early years curriculum supports children as they grow in confidence and self-esteem, preparing them for the transition to Reception and learning skills that will support them all throughout life.

Our Ladybird room provides the highest quality early childhood education for 2 year olds. Offering care from 7.45am to 6.00pm in a caring and happy environment where your child can explore and discover with support from early years experts.

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Our Caterpillar room provides a natural progression from Ladybirds for children rising 3. Offering care from 7.45am to 6.00pm, children can explore and develop independence, confidence and companionship in a stimulating and loving environment.

Our Butterfly room provides an exciting environment where children learn and grow through the Early Years Foundation Stage. Care is provided from 7.45am to 6.00pm and children are taught reading, writing and mathematics skills in preparation for moving to Reception class. The small group setting helps children develop social and communication and language skills and our broad and varied curriculum supports growth in confidence and self-esteem.

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Grow, Explore, Discover.

Mr Gareth Hughes, Headmaster

Starting Nursery

At RGS The Grange Nursery, our expert staff fully support both children and their families throughout starting Nursery and the settling in process. Before starting Nursery, staff will arrange a home visit where they can meet you and your child, answer any questions you have and find out more information that will help them in identifying and meeting your child’s needs.

To help with the settling in process, children and parents are also invited to free taster sessions where they can experience life at the Nursery and meet with other children and staff. Children are given as many settling in sessions they require in order to feel comfortable and relaxed and settle in with ease.

Nursery School Routine

The RGS The Grange Nursery school routine provides structure and familiarity to children as they settle into life at the Nursery setting. The structured Nursery routine also has many developmental benefits that help children feel safe and secure.

  • 7.45am to 9.00am

    7.45am to 9.00am

    School opens and Before School Care begins. Children arrive at Nursery between 7.45am and 9.00am ready for circle time.
  • 9.00am to 10.00am

    9.00am to 10.00am

    Children enjoy an extensive range of fun activities including Numeracy, Literacy, Music, PE Music and Movement up until snack time at 10.00am.
  • 10.00am to 12.00pm

    10.00am to 12.00pm

    Children can help themselves to a healthy snack and enjoy social opportunities with friends. Staff encourage children to be independent by choosing their own snack and drink, collecting cutlery and pouring drinks for themselves. Children can also practice appropriate table manners. After snack time, children continue with a mixture of child-led and teacher-initiated activities until lunch time at 12.00pm.
  • 12.45pm to 1.30pm

    12.45pm to 1.30pm

    After lunch, it’s rest time for Ladybirds and Caterpillars and outside play time for Butterflies.
  • 1.30pm to 2.15pm

    1.30pm to 2.15pm

    Children take part in circle time activities followed by a wide range of exciting activities. At 2.15pm our sleepers are woken up and join in the fun!
  • 3.25pm

    3.25pm

    It’s home time for some of our children and they are ‘handed over’ to the adult collecting them.
  • 3.30pm to 4.00pm

    3.30pm to 4.00pm

    Children enjoy Little Tea time where they sit together and socialise with friends and staff and enjoy their own food from home.
  • 4.00pm to 6.00pm

    4.00pm to 6.00pm

    Children enjoy a variety of activities including free play, arts and crafts, and group time singing and stories. At 6.00pm it’s the end of the day and all children are collected from the Nursery.
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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum we follow at RGS The Grange Nursery. The EYFS curriculum is centred around learning through play and provides the standards and principles for the care and learning of children aged birth to 5.

Our activities are based on the seven main EYFS areas of learning to ensure there is a wide variety of fun and engaging activities that are suitable for all abilities and interests. Children can enjoy a wide range of child-initiated and teacher-led activities that support their learning and development.

Parents are kept up-to-date with their child’s learning and development through the use of Seesaw, our parent communication software. Staff send a mixture of photographs and observations for parents to see and use the Seesaw as a daily diary where parents can comment and ask questions. We also use Interactive Learning Diaries (ILD) to track each child’s development and journey. Parents have access to their child’s ILD and can view observations and add their own.

Co-Curriculum Activities

Butterflies

Monday

Classroom Music (Morning)
Cookery (Afternoon)

Tuesday

Music and Movement (Morning)
Balance Bikes (Afternoon)

Wednesday

French (8.45am to 9.00am)
Gardening (Morning)
Ballet (2.00pm to 2.30pm)

Thursday

PE (Morning)
Yoga and Mindfulness (Afternoon)

Friday

Assembly (8.45am to 9.10am)
Music (9.10am to 9.30am)
Forest School (Afternoon)

Caterpillars

Monday

Class Room Music (Morning)
Gardening (Afternoon)

Tuesday

Music and Movement (Morning)
Cookery (Afternoon)

Wednesday

Yoga and Mindfulness (Morning)
Ballet (2.00pm to 2.30pm)

Thursday

French (8.45am to 9.00am)
PE (Morning)
Balance Bikes (Afternoon)

Friday

Forest School (Morning)
Music (8.50am to 9.10am)

Ladybirds

Monday

Cookery (Morning)
Class Room Music (Afternoon)

Tuesday

Music and Movement (Morning)

Wednesday

Balance Bikes (Morning)
Gardening (Afternoon)

Thursday

French (8.45am to 9.00am)
PE (Morning)
Yoga and Mindfulness (Afternoon)

Friday

Forest School (Morning)
Music (8.50am to 9.10am)

Nursery Key Person and Staff

All children starting RGS The Grange Nursery are allocated a Nursery Key Person that supports the child throughout their time at the Nursery and works in partnership with parents to enhance the care and education of the child. The Nursery Key Person is the member of staff that the child has the closest bond with and who parents can go to for support.

The Nursery Key Person is responsible for the assessment and recording of the child’s learning and development and together with the parents helps build the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The Nursery Key Person completes the EYFS Profile at the end of the Reception year to summarise each child’s development. This is then passed on to the child’s Year One teacher so that they can plan and provide effective provision that is reflective of each child’s needs.

Staff Profiles

Alex Bond

Alex Bond RGS The Grange Staff

Pre-School Leader

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood RGS The Grange Staff

Early Years Room Leader

Charlotte Harriott

Charlotte Harriott RGS The Grange Staff

Early Years Room Leader

Lauren Fielding

Lauren Fielding RGS The Grange Staff

Early Years Room Leader

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Nursery Food and Menus

The RGS The Grange Nursery food and menus are based on the current Government dietary recommendations to ensure children receive a variety of foods that support growth and development.

Our Nursery menus include a wide range of freshly home-cooked and locally sourced (where possible) foods that cater to all dietary requirements and allergies. Fresh and dried fruit is provided at morning snack and children are taught about the importance of healthy eating to help encourage healthy choices in later life.

View the Nursery food and menu for RGS The Grange Nursery.

Nursery Menus

View the Nursery food and menus for RGS The Grange Nursery.

Week 1 Lunch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Soup and homemade bread Carrot and coriander Leek and potato Tomato and basil Sweetcorn chowder Mushroom
Main course Pork sausages Chicken curry Beef bolognese Honey roast gammon Cod fish fingers
Vegetarian Quorn sausage Lentil dahl Tomato, mozzarella and basic gnocchi Breaded Quorn fillet Pea and feta bruschetta
On the side Mashed potato
Garden peas
Gravy
Rice
Cauliflower
Naan bread
Spaghetti
Sweetcorn
Roast potatoes
Cabbage
Carrots
Chips
Peas
Tartare sauce
Light bite Jacket and beans
Hot dessert Apple crumble with custard Lemon drizzle Syrup sponge and custard Cheese and biscuits Chocolate crispy cake
Cut fruit Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt
Week 2 Lunch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Soup and homemade bread Roasted red pepper Chicken noodle Tomato Cream of mushroom Butternut squash
Main course Cheese and tomato pasta bake Chinese style chicken Beef lasagne Roast pork Chicken breast burger
Vegetarian As above Vegetable spring rolls Vegetable lasagne Mushroom and lentil welllington Southern Quorn burger
On the side Garlic bread
Peas
Rice
Green beans
Poppadoms
Oven baked wedges
Sweetcorn
Roast potato
Broccoli
Roasted carrot
Chips
Baked beans
Coleslaw
Jacket potato Jacket and beans
Hot dessert Fresh fruit Carrot cake Rice pudding Flapjack Chocolate crunch
Cut fruit Fresh fruit yoghurt Fresh fruit yoghurt Fresh fruit yoghurt Fresh fruit yoghurt Fresh fruit yoghurt
Week 3 Lunch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Soup and homemade bread Tomato and basil Spicy bean Roasted red pepper Cream of mushroom Butternut squash
Main course Jacket potato bar
Tuna
Toad in the hole Beef chilli tacos Chicken and sweetcorn pie Pepperoni pizza
Vegetarian Beans Quorn toad in the hole Mixed bean tacos Roast root vegetable with cheesy crust Cheese and tomato pizza
On the side Coleslaw
Cheese
Mashed potato
Peas
Gravy
Rice
Salsa
Sweetcorn
Roast potato
Broccoli
Gravy
Chips
Baked beans
Jacket potato Jacket and beans
Hot dessert Sprigfield bakewell Fruit Eton Mess Shortbread Choc chip sponge and custard
Cut fruit Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt Fresh fruit and yoghurt

Acorns Toddler Group

Our Acorns Toddler Group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.00am and provides a happy, safe and stimulating environment for children and parents to make friends, have fun and learn through play.

Toddlers are provided with a wide range of fun and social activities including Music and Movement, Arts and Crafts, messy play and free play as well as opportunities for exploring outdoors in our Knot Garden and Forest School areas. Children learn to socialise and play alongside other children whilst becoming comfortable in their new environment.

The Acorns Toddler Group provides the perfect opportunity for learning and fun for both parents and toddlers and many of our parents have formed friendships with other parents from our Toddler Groups in Worcester.

Forest School

Our Forest School in Worcester has two Forest School areas that provide children with the opportunity to explore and learn through hands-on learning experiences in our natural outdoor environments.

Children develop confidence and self-esteem through regular lessons and child-centred activities that support play and exploration. The Forest School supports children’s development with personal, social and technical skills as they work together and independently to solve problems, work as a team and handle tools and equipment safely.

RGS The Grange Nursery’s beautiful 50-acre grounds provide the perfect backdrop for our two Forest School areas. From the age of 2, children attend Forest School each week and explore and build empathy with the natural world around them. Children are supported and supervised with specialist Forest School teachers that encourage supported risk-taking and help children develop independence whilst staying safe.

Moving to Reception Class

Children begin moving to Reception class from Nursery in September before they turn 5 years of age. Staff at RGS The Grange Nursery work closely with each child and their parent to ensure the positive transition to Reception.

Throughout their time in the Nursery, children are able to visit the Reception classrooms to help them feel comfortable with the school, staff and daily routines in preparation for their transition to Reception.

As children move into Reception, class teachers support them in following the Early Learning Framework and there is an emphasis on the importance of reading and improving reading skills with regular opportunities for reading with staff. At the end of the Reception year, each child’s progress and achievements are recorded to support the Year One teacher in supporting each individual’s needs.

Reception Daily Routine

  • 8.40am to 10.15am

    8.40am to 10.15am

    Children are welcomed into Before School Care from 7.45am. Children are supported by fully qualified and familiar adults to provide consistency and security. The school day officially starts at 8.35am and Registration begins at 8.40am.
  • 12.00pm to 1.00pm

    12.00pm to 1.00pm

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  • 1.00pm to 2.00pm

    1.00pm to 2.00pm

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  • 2.00pm to 3.35pm

    2.00pm to 3.35pm

    The school day ends at 3.35pm at which time parents are free to collect their children. Our After School Care provision runs until 6.00pm and provides a range of engaging activities as well as opportunities to socialise. We invite parents of those attending After School Care to provide a healthy snack which is known as ‘Little Tea’. Our ‘wrap around care’ is inclusive of school fees.

Reception Classroom

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Nursery Admissions

Nursery admissions in Worcestershire happen throughout the year so children can join RGS the Grange Nursery at any point. We invite you to take a virtual tour of the Nursery and School and we would be delighted to arrange an appointment for you to visit the Nursery or alternatively, you can attend one of our regular Open Days where you can learn more about life at RGS The Grange Nursery.

After the initial visit, children may be invited to a familiarisation session at the Nursery depending on their age. For younger children that may take longer to settle into life at Nursery, staff can arrange for multiple familiarisation sessions in order to help them feel comfortable at the Nursery. Once the child has settled into life at the Nursery, we will write to formally offer a place.

Nursery Location and Contact Details

RGS The Grange Nursery

Nursery location

RGS The Grange School and Nursery in Worcester

Part of the RGSW Nurseries in Worcestershire family, RGS The Grange Nursery is located on the outskirts of North Worcester and in the rural Worcestershire countryside. With 50 acres of beautiful grounds, the Nursery offers a happy, caring and nurturing environment with fantastic facilities. RGS The Grange Nursery can be accessed via the M5 and the closest railway station is Worcester Foregate Station. Several car parks are available onsite for drop off and pick up.

Nursery contact

RGS The Grange Nursery
Tel: 01905 451205
Email: grange@rgsw.org.uk

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