Ditcham Nursery

Ditcham Dragonflies

We’re delighted to welcome and introduce you to Dragonflies Nursery and Early Years at Ditcham Park School. The School is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the South Downs National Park. We take every opportunity be out in our grounds, be that for a bluebell or daffodil walk, a hunt for mini-beasts or to visit our friendly Dragon!

Pippa Probert, Head of Juniors and Lydia Stevenson, Reception teacher and Christina Lydon hosted a webinar about preparing children for school, sharing their experiences as both teachers and parents.

We hope you enjoy this video of Dragonflies out on a fairy and dragon adventure!

Dragonflies Nursery has a kind and welcoming atmosphere, where children can be themselves, grow and flourish. Each child’s imagination, creativity and learning is fostered and supported, working with the magic and wonder of childhood.

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Play is the way in which all childrenfor children develop their learning and understanding; building friendships and testing boundaries in a supportive environment. Our day has a flexible routine that ensures children can explore and create, as well as having some quiet time, as every child’s needs are different.

Each day has a mixture of child and adult led activities.

We benefit from lessons from specialist teachers, such as Drama, PE, Music and Yoga. We’ve made these mini videos for you to gain an insight into the skills, experiences, fun and excitement our pupils enjoy every week.

We are often found doing activities such as crafts and painting, singing and dancing and cooking. We love to go outside, whether this is to play in the playground, explore the woodland, find minibeasts, or visit the Ditcham Dragon! We also like messy play, making potions and mud pies, experiencing different textures, and jumping in muddy puddles!

Our small class sizes mean that we can focus on the interests of each child and bring this into the nursery. Over their time in nursery, the children are encouraged to have a go, and to be proud, to ask questions and be inquisitive and to grow in independence.

We work closely with the Reception team so that the children’s transition into formal education is seamless.

We are happy to accept Government funding for 3 and 4-year-olds and electronic childcare vouchers from selected providers. Please contact accounts@ditchampark.com for more information.

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Term Dates

Autumn Term 2021
6 September – 16 December
Closed 1 November (INSET)

Spring Term 2022
11 January- 1 April

Summer Term 2022
25 April – 29 July
Closed 29 April (INSET)
Closed 2 May (Bank Holiday)
Closed 30 May (Bank Holiday)

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Life at Ditcham Park

Zach

Zac

Future DJ and Producer

Zac

Future DJ and Producer

Ditcham has encouraged me to flourish even in areas where I didn’t know I had skills. I am extremely proud to be Head Boy and to be able to help others as I was helped myself.

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Freddie

Future Secret Agent

Year 1

Freddie

Future Secret Agent

Year 1

I like playing in class. We play dress up games and I make the costumes for my friends. I want to be a spy when I am bigger.

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Jake

Future Performer

Jake

Future Performer

Performer. Ditcham has given me the confidence to develop as a performer – singing AC/DC at our Arts Festival was a bit different from what I usually sing in the cathedral choir; I loved it.

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Joseph

Future Policeman

Joseph

Future Policeman

I like all the books in Nursery. My favourite book is the one about sharks. When I am big I want to go and see lots of sharks underwater. I also want to be a policeman and drive a police car with a loud siren

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Nelly

Future Doctor

Nelly

Future Doctor

I love the creative feeling of school – there’s so much going on and everyone seems involved in something special. The responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl is one I am relishing.

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Zac

Future Engineer

Year 6

Zac

Future Engineer

Year 6

My teachers are really funny and they are always introducing something new and letting me do what I love. I want to be an engineer; I have been engineering paper planes this week.

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Daisy

Future Mechanical Engineer

Daisy

Future Mechanical Engineer

I feel supported by everyone at Ditcham – in my learning, my singing, my sport and dance.

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