Principal: Harriet Wolfe
Manager: Carly Wray
Deputy: Sally Paton
Telephone: 020 3198 4072
Seahorse Day Nursery, ACE building
Access is via Weydown Close, road next to Albemarle Primary School, 400m from Southfields tube station (8 minute walk).
We are set in a light and airy wooden clad building surrounded by fantastic secure outdoor space. Nestled behind Albemarle Primary School we are a short distance from Southfields tube station ideal for commuting parents. We enrol children from 9 months to school age. We are open from 07:45 – 18:30 offering all year educational day care.
Seahorse Day Nursery aims to nurture all children’s desire to learn, socialise and gain independence through play and first hand experiences. We have two rooms; the Starfish room for children aged 9 – 30 months and the Seahorse room for pre-school aged children from 2.5 – 5 year olds. We provide a safe, caring environment in which your child will be able to form secure relationships, learn, make friends and most importantly be happy and have fun. The atmosphere is relaxed and nurturing within an attractive and appealing environment. We follow a play based pedagogy (Learning through Play) and provide purposeful play based opportunities for each baby, toddler and child. This caters for every aspect of child development and allows for natural progression through different stages of the early years.
Harriet has been involved in the Seahorse Nursery since it opened and made a career change in 2012 to move into teaching full-time. She is a School Governor for a local Primary School. In her spare time she enjoys high altitude trekking, long distance cycling and running to keep fit. Harriet enjoys using her Qualified Teaching Status for Early Years (specialising in birth to five years) and Level 3 NVQ Children's Care, Learning and Development to give children the best start in life.
Carly studied BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University and have been working in childcare since 2011. From a young age she has known that she wanted to work with young children, Carly's favourite part about working with children is seeing their speech develop. Even though she is office based, the children still know her name, so if she's not in the office, you may find her reading a story in the room, helping the children eat at mealtimes or having a dance at the end of the day!
Seahorse Day Nursery is led by Harriet Wolfe, a Qualified Early Years Teacher, who believes in providing a curriculum which equips children with the skills they need for both their next school and long term success in life. Harriet is supported by her manager Carly Wray who has a BA in Early Childhood Studies, and deputy Amy Whitaker who is a fully Qualified Teacher specialising in Early Years and a team of experienced practitioners.
Our curriculum, which is child centred, follows the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage. There are seven Areas of Learning which are inter-connected:
· Personal, Social and Emotional development
· Physical development
· Communication and Language
· Understanding the World
· Expressive Arts and Design
We understand that every child is unique and their learning will overlap and interweave within all these areas as they learn and develop at their own pace. We incorporate different pedagogue styles including elements of Montessori teaching, Forest school education, the slow education movement and mindfulness. We believe using a blend of teaching styles complements the Early Years Foundation Stage and provides additional benefits to your child’s long term well-being, learning and development.
In the Starfish room (age 9 – 30 months) we focus on providing daily experiences to stimulate the following 5 areas
– social and emotional development
– physical development
- sensory development
– communication and language
– cognitive development
In the Seahorse room (age 2.5 – 5 years old) the children are gently introduced to concepts and skills which, amongst many things, aim to foster a love of learning, develop listening and concentration and encourage both independence and the ability to work collaboratively in a group. The children follow bespoke literacy and numeracy programmes which they begin around 3 years of age. 1:1 attention is given to ensure each child understands how to use equipment and resources such as sand paper letters, plastic alphabet, pink boxes, mathematical rods, 3D shapes, counting and dice games and puzzles.
|7:45||Welcome and breakfast|
|8:45||Singing and dancing|
|9:00||Child-centred play, e.g. sensory activities, messy play, puppet show, role play|
|9:15-10:00||Nap time for babies, if required|
|10:15||Healthy snack and drink|
|10:30||Garden play e.g. sandpit, mud kitchen, imaginative play, slide|
|11:30-12:30||Lunch (freshly prepared by Zebedees), Seahorse children start lunch a little after Starfish|
|12:00-14:00||Sleep or relax time, depending on room|
|14:15||Adult led activities in Seahorse room and child centred play in Starfish room|
|15:00||Snack time, water|
|15:15||Garden play, e.g. water play, sit and ride toys, role play|
|16:30||Hot supper, story time|
|17:00||Free play, e.g. musical instruments, home corner|
|18:00-18:30||Home time - you're welcome to come and collect your child at any time. We operate a flexible drop-off and pickup.|
Our ‘play’ times (also called work cycles) are planned on a weekly basis to meet the interests and next steps of each child. They can be indoor and outdoor – whenever possible the double doors are open allowing free flow between the inside and outside classrooms. The practitioners prepare the environment to make it exciting and stimulating and lay out various activities for the children to examine, create, construct and decipher. All of our practitioners get down to the children’s level – adult involvement with the children gives enhancement of play and learning, safety, support when required and helps to extend learning and development of each individual child. We have a Seahorse tidy up song and all Nursery members are encouraged to help tidy up and put away the resources they’ve used. At the beginning and end of play sessions we often have group singing, rhymes, musical movement, story time, meditation etc. Our Early Years Teachers teach specific numeracy and literacy sessions for children from aged 3 to help preparation for school – these may take place in the morning or afternoon.
Personal care routines: are attended to at specific times during the day and, in addition, whenever necessary. Children learn about the importance of hand washing and everyone washes their hands before every snack and meal to maintain good levels of hygiene.
Sleep time: babies have a dedicated sleep area and their own cots. Our toddlers and pre-school children rest on comfy mats with blankets.
Water: every child has their own beaker or water bottle kept in their room so they have access to water throughout the day. There is a drinking water fountain in the outside area which practitioners teach the Seahorse children to use. Practitioners support, remind and encourage all babies, toddlers and children to stay hydrated. At snack time there is a choice of water or milk.
Meal times at the Seahorse Nursery are a social time where all the children sit together with members of staff. We use this time to develop healthy eating habits, good manners and to help the children develop the technique of eating with a spoon, knife and fork and other skills like spreading and chopping.
We serve two hot meals a day (lunch and supper) which are cooked daily by Zebedees. The menus offer a range of balanced meals and are made from healthy nutritional food. Breakfast is a selection of cereals, warm porridge and bread or toast.
The best way to get a feel for our environment is to come and visit us.
One of our team will be pleased to show you around the nursery and take you through how we support your child's learning and development.
A typical visit lasts around 20-30 minutes and you can use this handy online form to arrange a date and time. Please note that pre-school visits are generally at 10:00, and day nursery visits are at 10:30 and 15:30.