Ditcham Nursery

Ditcham Dragonflies

We’re delighted to welcome and introduce you to Dragonflies Nursery and Early Years at Ditcham Park School.

Helen Parrott, Head of Juniors and Lydia Stevenson, Reception teacher hosted a webinar and shared their experience of Early Years and introduced parents to the magical world of Ditcham Dragonflies and Reception Class.

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

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!

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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We understand how important play is for children and that this is their way of learning, understanding, building friendships and testing boundaries in a supportive environment. Our day has a flexible routine which ensures children can explore and create, as well as having some quiet time, with the understanding that each child’s needs are different. The nursery is guided by the children’s interests and next steps along with working with parents to best facilitate each child’s learning though the 7 areas of the EYFS.

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 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.

We talk about what is important to us and learn about each other. 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 are fortunate to be able to work closely with Reception and to make the next step into Reception Class a little smaller.

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

Summer Term 2021
19 April- 30 July
Closed 30 April (INSET)
Closed 3 May (Bank Holiday)
Closed 31 May (Bank Holiday)

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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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

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Freddie

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Year 1

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

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