Celebrations are underway at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE) this week after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded the Collegiate the top grading of ‘Excellent’ across all schools and areas, praising the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development.
Queen's Kindergarten sits wonderfully within the Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Early Years Department, which strives to provide an enabling, positive environment. Within our specialist Kindergarten area there are three rooms separating the children by age and mobility. The free-flow arrangement means all children are familiar with all staff and rooms but that they have a specific area tailored to their needs.
Squirrel Nutkin Room
The Squirrel Nutkin room is our 3 month to early walkers’ room. Within this room, the staff create a lovely, friendly and soothing first room for the children and each child has their own, unique routine. The staff are very interested in what your child’s routine is, so that they can replicate it and accommodate the child’s needs, to make it an easy and fun time. There are a range of activities and toys for the child to investigate, and the children often get rather messy when they do their first masterpieces of art!
Jemima Puddle-Duck Room
The Jemima Puddle-Duck room is the next room up and is for the early walkers to 2 years. In this room, the staff begin to encourage independence. The staff encourage the children to start to use a fork at meal times, and there are activities organised that move the children on to their next steps, along with lots of opportunity for messy/tactile play. The staff get very involved in this and seem to have as much fun as the children!
Peter Rabbit Room
The Peter Rabbit room is the final room of Kindergarten, for children aged 2-3 years. In this room, the staff create an energetic and very independent room. The children have more activities to choose from and they, like the other rooms, are big on outside play. The children within this room are all encouraged to use a knife and fork and drink from a cup without handles at meal times. Children at this age are starting to form friendships, and the staff help develop this by creating group activities such as baking. Biscuit-making is always a winner in this room!
Chapter House Early Years judged ‘Outstanding’ across all areas by Schools Inspectorate 2019
The Chapter House Early Years was praised for its 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’. The glowing ISI report follows a three-day inspection in February this year, with inspectors observing every aspect of school life.
The key findings for the Early Years Foundation Stage provision are set out in the report:
These times are only set as guidelines and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your child.
Kindergarten opens and we start the day in the EYFS dining room, offering children breakfast until 8:30 am.
|8:45 am||We separate into our own rooms. Set up morning activities, free play with toys and focused activities out according to the planning. This will also include time outside, in the park, grassed area or for a walk|
|10:20 am||Snack time, fruit and drinks are offered to the children.|
|11:00 am||Nappies and the toileting is carried out during around this time.|
|12 Noon||Lunch time in the EYFS dining room|
|12:45 pm||After lunch, some children go home and the other children are put down for a sleep. The children are either put in cots or individual beds with their own sheet.|
|3:00 pm||If the children are not awake we wake them up. The children have free play while nappies and toileting are carried out.|
|3:30 pm||Outside play|
|4:00 pm||Back in for their tea-time snack|
|4:45 pm||When tea is finished the children join together in the grassed area or Monarchs hall depending on weather.|
Nursery closes and all children are collected by this time.
Our on-site EYFS chef prepares fresh meals on a 3-week rotation. View our Kindergarten Menu.
Staff and children at Chapter House school are celebrating this week after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) judged their Early Years provision as ‘Outstanding’ across all areas, praising the 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’.
Students form Queen Ethelburga's have been participating in season 1 of the 'Fly to the Line Glider Challenge for UK primary school children and are through to the national heats.
This afternoon, we welcomed Year 5 and Year 6 students from three local schools to participate in a friendly netball tournament.
Today, our pupils from Chapter House competed in the ISA Cross Country area races.