A warm and exciting welcome is in store for babies in our bespoke environment with its own huge babies-only garden. Our experienced team helps the very youngest Eastwood Children to learn through play, painting, looking at books, exploring the world around them and talking. Even at this very young age our focus is on learning and we work hard to promote the babies’ communication, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The children have stories read to them frequently throughout the day, learn how to plant flowers and seeds, care for living things like caterpillars, eggs and chicks and explore mini-beasts, early mathematical concepts and cultural celebrations. Each term the Team writes a new curriculum plan which is sent home to parents so you can see how the curriculum will develop for your very young child!
The Baby Room has its own nappy-change room, kitchen, garden, sleeping area and lots of play-space. Heuristic play is one of Eastwood’s specialities and you will see treasure baskets around for children to learn through sight and touch and exploring natural materials.
When our youngest children are ready for the next stage of their adventures they move on to our exciting Willow room with more advanced play, mark-making, imaginative play, block-play and an exciting book area for listening to stories and enjoying being part of a group. A careful balance of adult-led group activities and fee play ensures that there is plenty of interest. As with all children attending nursery at Eastwood, your child has a key person who meets with their manager regularly to talk about the progress of each and every child so we can ensure they are all enjoying and achieving through their play.
Early Education Places for 2 Year olds
Eastwood is pleased to provide free 15 hour places for eligible 2 year olds. Our standard package is 3 hours in the morning or the afternoon every week day in term time. We try to give priority to families studying for ESOL courses with South Thames College here at our Children’s Centre
For more information and to find out if you are eligible for a free 2 year old place contact the 2 year old team on 0208 871 5544.
Cedar class caters for our older 2 year olds through to children ready to go to primary school. A wide range of opportunities for learning through play are available both inside and out. Our older children join a daily Key Group Time for focused talk, games, investigations and activities. The children benefit from a carefully planned curriculum that covers early reading and writing, mathematics and science. The children learn about data-handling, fractions, calculation, mental maths, fair-testing, simple chemical reactions, height, weight, time… the list goes on!
Our outdoor play space is large and all-weather. Our huge climbing frame provides just the right amount of challenge and excitement and spaces for imaginative play. All our children also get the opportunity to go out on Forest School outings and other visits into the community