The Nursery

Claremont House is a private children's day nursery and school providing childcare facilities and early education from 8am to 6pm for children from birth until school age.

The nursery is a flourishing and popular childcare facility, conveniently located on North Road, Retford. Claremont combines a superb childcare team with first class facilities. The nursery provides the highest standard of education and childcare for children of a pre school age in the area.

Claremont House Retford is registered with Ofsted to provide childcare for 30 children aged from birth to 3 years and 24 children aged 3 & 4 years. Our latest 2012 Ofsted Inspection graded the Nursery 'Good with outstanding features'. To view the Report, visit the home page. We are also registered to provide after school and holiday care for children up to the age of 11 years.

Introduction to the Retford Nursery School, 3 - 5 years

Claremont House Nursery School has a friendly and caring atmosphere, where staff members ensure each child feels welcome and safe. The academic philosophy combined with Christian values provides for every area of each child's development. The highly qualified and experienced teachers, the size of the school, and its family atmosphere ensures that children are offered personal attention and given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The nursery school provides for 24 children. Children rising though from the toddler room, or joining the school at 3 will join the school during the term in which they are 3. We are registered to provide the Early Years Government Grant which provides funding for all 3 and 4 years olds to recieve free sessions from the term after they are 3. Please contact the nursery for full details.

Retford Nursery School Aims

•To provide a safe, happy stimulating environment, with Christian values providing moral ideals. These we hope shall enhance the social, emotional and spiritual development of each child.

•To ensure children make an effective transition from home to nursery and nursery to school.

•To provide an introduction to the foundation skills of literacy and numeracy.

•To provide an early flavour of scientific, historic and geographical study through topic based themes that will provide the children with a basic knowledge of the world around them.

•To provide a combination of the traditional values of neatness, accuracy, courtesy and perseverance, with the arousal of children's curiosity, the stirring of their imagination and triggering of creative activity.

•To provide early physical opportunities to develop gross and fine motor skills, manipulative skills, physical control and co-ordination.

•To promote relationships with parents and involve them in their child's education.

A typical day in Nursery School

The school follows an interesting and exciting daily programme. The morning session begins at 8.00 am and finishes at 12.30 for lunch. The afternoon session begins at 1.30pm and finishes at 6.00 Children may attend for the whole or a half-day session. Morning and afternoon activities are structured to ensure every child experiences all that Claremont has to offer.

A typical day in the Nursery School consists of:

8-9 Arrival, registration free choice activities and readers

9.00 Assembly, oral/written language/ number work

10.15 Morning snack and outdoor play

10.50 Activities, science, topic work I creative crafts, movement

11.45 Tidy up time - Story / singing time

12.30 Morning children go home - lunch and outdoor play

1.30 Afternoon children arrive registration, activities and readers

1.45 Continuation and written / number work

2.15 Afternoon break and outdoor play

2.30 Topic work / craft / movement activities

3.15 Singing/ story time

3.30 End of school day and prayer. Outdoor free play

3.45 After school club activities begin and children arrive

4.30 Tea time

4.45 Free play / Craft activities/ outdoor play

6.00 Home time

Throughout the day there is a free choice of activities available including painting, sand/water play and role play

The Curriculum

We are extremely fortunate at Claremont to have a qualified teacher planning and delivering our Curriculum and we follow the government National Curriculum.

We want to give our children "A Head Start" in their school career and therefore offer a combination of opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by the teacher as well as those they initiate themselves. This, whilst giving the children the opportunity to become independent, also enables them to maximise their advantage of having a well-qualified and experienced teacher

Claremont follows The Foundation Stage of The National Curriculum, which organise children's development into six learning Areas. To meet the needs of children at different stages of development in the six areas of learning, 'Stepping Stones' are used. These Stepping Stones are not age related but represent the progression in children's learning from the beginning to the end of the foundation stage.

The six areas are: -

•Communication, language and literacy

•Mathematical Development

•Knowledge and Understanding of the World

•Personal, Social and Emotional Development

•Creative Development

•Physical Development

Communication, language and literacy are introduced through Letterland', which is a fun filled multi-sensory language course accelerating learning. It brings together phonic and whole word attack to the written word, aiming at meaning, correct writing and spelling.

Children are introduced to reading, initially by the use of the whole word approach, introducing a phonic word building approach as soon as appropriate. Reading schemes include both methods of initial reading skills to provide for individuality.

Mathematical development and concepts are introduced using a variety of resources including Early Steps', a resource for the early years. It is a versatile and comprehensive scheme, providing an active and stimulating introduction to mathematical understanding.

Knowledge and understanding of the world is introduced by science based topics which enable the children to be exposed to a broader curriculum, including simple geography and history.

Computer work will be fundamental to the introduction of information technology. Computer activities reinforce aspects in all six areas of learning, and all children have access to controlled internet sites.

Every day brings exciting creative, Imaginative and Physical developmental opportunities. Including baking, dance and drama, PE, Games and Music.

Television and radio programmes are also used to enhance learning. Extra curricular activities include visits to the theatre, library and expeditions to places of interest


Our Ofsted Inspection report said:

"Claremont Retford Nursery provides good quality care for children. The nursery is bright, spacious and offers a friendly environment to the children and their parents. Good use of space enables all children to access a range of activities and play materials appropriate for their age and interest." "Consideration is given to the ages and stages of children attending to ensure they are included and their needs are met. Good interaction from staff ensures the children are well supported." "Staff give priority to equal opportunities, this is supported well through appropriate documentation, resources, displays, and steps taken by staff to ensure all children are included and valued."

The Baby Room

The baby room offers a bright, colourful and stimulating environment for children under the age of 2. The beautifully decorated room is equipped to a very high standard. The room is equipped with cot, baby chairs, a swing, a large selection of toys, and a separate room for changing. The older babies also use the toddler room, providing variety and easing the transition into the toddler room just before they have their second birthday.

Each baby is provided with individual cot sheets and blankets.

The nursery provides all bibs, food and baby milk during the day, however we do ask that you supply your own nappies.

The development of the babies is encouraged, gently, providing care for your child and responding to their needs. Babies require security more than anything, and our high adult to child ratio enables the staff in the baby room to spend a lot of time in one to one situations.

Typical Daily Routine

8.00 Children Arrive Breakfast available before 9:00am for those who require. Children explore activities

9:45 Group time story / singing / PE

10:00 Toast and Fruit.

11:00 Craft and Heuristic play Free play still available.

11.45 Outdoor play

If weather prevents outdoor play alternatives include Climbing frames, tunnels, Music and movement, Song times etc

12.15 Tidy away toys and wash hands. Some children go home.

12.30 Lunch.

1.30 Children explore activities

2.00 Craft and Heuristic play.

2.45 Outdoor play (refer to am)

3.45 Group Time story / singing / PE

4.00 Teatime.

4.45 Children Explore activities

6.00 All children departed room to be tidied, pots washed etc.

Throughout the day:

•Free play is available;

•Sleep times taken at any time no set "sleep session";

•Nappies are checked and changed; and

•Drinks are supplied

Toddler Room

The toddler room is wellequipped with age appropriate furniture and facilities. The room operates through a thoughtfully planned program allowing free play within a slightly more structured environment. Activities are provided to teach basic numbers, colours, shapes and early writing skills. Creative skills are encouraged through art crafts, music and movement.

Staff promote language skills through verbal games, rhymes, songs and stories in addition to normal verbal interaction with the children, the toddler room is also equipped with a computer which allows the children to explore information technology and its uses. The children are encouraged to use role-play equipment to develop their imaginative and also social skills. Children's physical development is enhanced by the use of indoor and outdoor play equipment.

The older toddlers have the opportunity to spend time in the main school, again to ease the transition when they move through at the age of three.

Again nappies and pull-ups should be provided from home. Our staff will fully co-operate with parents to potty train children.

Example Daily Plan

7.30 - 8.00 Children start to arrive at Nursery. (some children have breakfast)

8.00 - 10.00 Children explore activities

10.00 - 10.15 Tidy away time

10.15 - 10.30 Group Time

10.30 - 11.00 Toast & Fruit time

11.00 - 11.30 Outdoor play

11.30 - 12.30 Heuristic play / sensory play (Some children go home)

12.30 - 1.00 Lunch time

1.00 - 1.15 Table top activities

1.15 - 1.45 Outdoor play (Afternoon children arrive)

1.45 - 3.45 Children explore activities (2.30 mid afternoon snack)

3.45 - 4.00 Tidy away time

4.00 - 4.30 Tea time

4.30 - 4.45 Group time

4.45 - 5.15 Outdoor play

5.15 - 6.00 Heuristic / Sensory play ( Children leave Nursery)

Throughout the day:

•Drinks are provided;

•Sleep times take place; and

•nappies are checked.

Retford fees, hours, payment and registration details - 2010


Applications will be accepted for children to enter the Nursery School and Day-care centre at any time during the year. Priority will be given to children who have a sibling in the nursery. Once applications have been accepted, a place will be offered as soon as one becomes available.

Priority will be given to those requiring full day, and full time places.

On reserving a place a non-refundable registration fee of £35 is payable.

The Nursery Year

We are open every weekday from 8am - 6pm except for bank holidays. Holiday club runs during school holidays and the Nursery School follows a three termly system. The day care centre runs all year round.

Sessions times

Full day 8am - 6pm (includes morning and afternoon tea)

Morning session 8am - 12.30 (includes morning snack)

Afternoon Session 1.30 - 6pm (includes afternoon tea)

Before School care 8am - 9am

After School Club 3.30 - 6pm (includes afternoon tea)

(Wrap around care is available for morning or afternoon sessions at state nursery schools. Wrap around care service includes before or after care, drop off and collection to and from state nursery schools and morning or afternoon session at Claremont.)