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St Gabriel’s

St Gabriel’s

Our Rooms

The Nursery has three separate rooms which are appropriate for each age and stage of development. All rooms come together on a regular basis for story times and singing sessions.

+ Baby Room 6 months - 2 years

Our Baby Room provides our youngest children with a calm, warm and nurturing environment from their very first day, allowing parents to return to work secure in the knowledge that their baby's individual needs are being met.

This light and airy self-contained room has access to its own garden, allowing your baby to explore freely inside and out in a variety of flexible learning areas. There is a dedicated sleep area where babies rest in Dream Coracles or on sleep mattresses, which gives them greater independence and security.  Babies love curling up in their own snuggle space and happily drift off to sleep like a little bird in its nest.

Each baby has a nominated Key Person, who will follow your child's home routine until they turn one when they will be encouraged to settle in to the Nursery routine.  Your child's Key Person will get to know your baby the best and will respond to their physical and emotional needs and provide activities which will enable them to thrive.

This room can hold 15 Babies and the ratio is 1:3

Children are cared for by the following staff:

  • Naomi Kelly – Room Leader (3 days)
  • Katherine Lee – Room Leader (2 days)
  • Katie Grineau – Deputy Room Leader
  • Abigail Baggs – Nursery Assistant
  • Milena Jara Recalde - Nursery Assistant 
  • Evie Drewitt - Apprentice
  • David Taylor – Break Cover

+ Toddler Room: 2 - 3 Years

Our Toddler Room is a busy and exciting environment which encourages children to begin to learn to do things for themselves; indeed, our toddlers are very inquisitive and increasingly independent.

The room has a variety of features including its own Nursery gym, which promotes physical development, social interaction and problem-solving skills, together with a creative area where the children can express themselves through a variety of media. The secure outside play area allows children to explore freely between their indoor and outdoor environment.

Each child has a Key Person who provides bespoke activities to develop their physical, personal and social skills and, at the same time, encourages them to communicate their thoughts and ideas.

This room can hold 20 Toddlers and the ratio is 1:4

Children are cared for by the following staff:

  • Lisa Barrett – Room Leader
  • Sophie Milligan – Deputy Room Leader
  • Emily Sells – Apprentice
  • Levi Laurie - Apprentice
  • Charlotte Tayler - Break Cover 

+ Pre-School Room: 3 - 5 Years

The Pre-School Room provides a perfect environment to ignite your child’s love of learning. The free-flowing space allows children to have access to both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities, which are both child-initiated and adult-led.

Activities are planned thoughtfully by each child’s Key Person to cater for the children’s personal interests, widen their knowledge and stimulate future learning. Children are encouraged to become more independent and are supported to become school ready (independence with self-care, dressing themselves, taking turns and sharing and building strong communication skills). 

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is further enhanced for children in their final year in the Pre-School Room by lessons in PE, music and drama, which may be taken by a teacher or member of Nursery staff.  The children still have plenty of time to learn through play and express themselves independently.

This room can hold 48 Pre-School children and the ratio is 1:8

Children are cared for by the following staff:

  • Miriam Hamm – Room Leader
  • Molly Townsend – Deputy Room Leader
  • Jill Magpusao – Nursery staff
  • Kaylie Pontin – Nursery staff
  • Samantha Exelby – Apprentice 
  • Tiffany Dry - Break Cover