Our nursery is a 25 place Ofsted registered pre-school setting owned by the College and operating in the rear grounds of the Arbour Square building, London, El OPT. The nursery can register children aged between 18 months to five years.
Access to the nursery is via the main college building and benefits from wide automated doors, a lift and ramp for buggies and/or wheelchairs. The nursery building comprises two play rooms, two gardens, a kitchen and a nappy changing/toileting area for children.
The Main Play Room is set up to fully meet the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 requirements, offering opportunities for development in all seven areas of learning. The Sensory Room is designed to offer a perfect space for small group activities and relaxation.
The nursery main garden is set up with large physical equipment that enables children to develop gross motor skills. The second garden, 'The Secret Garden' is a natural forest like environment which has been set up based on the Forest School principles. Its aim is to support children to learn more about nature, plants, and wildlife, and nonetheless, to encourage them to take calculated risks that help children boost their confidence, self-esteem and independence.
Students/Parents are welcome to use an allocated area for buggy storage if they need to. However, they are kindly required to fold and appropriately store their buggies as this space is relatively limited. Parents are also required to ensure they leave no food, drinks or medication in their buggies and to refrain from leaving valuables as the nursery is not liable for the loss or damage of any goods.
The nursery operates between 9.00am and 4.15pm - Monday to Friday, term time only, according to the College's yearly planner. The children's day in the nursery is flexibly structured in order to respond to their individual needs and abilities. However, this is what a typical day looks like:
|9.00am - 9.30am||Nursery welcomes children. This is settling in time and parents/carers are welcomed to help settle their child at an activity.|
|9.30am - 9.45am||Morning greeting - carpet time - actions songs and rhymes|
|10.15am - 11.30am||Garden opens - free flow play; this time is for children to choose the activities they wish to take part in. Key person time: small groups will be taking part in adult-led focused activities.|
|11.30am - 11.45am||Story time and actions songs and rhymes|
|11.45am||Tidy up time|
|12.30pm - 2.00pm||Sleep/rest time for the children attending all day. Children on sessional attendance may choose to take part in small group activities or play in the garden.|
|2.20pm - 3.30pm||Free-flow - children take part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, at their choice. Key person time: small groups will be taking part in adult led focused activities.|
|3.30pm - 3.45pm||Afternoon carpet time - Action songs/rhymes and story|
|3.45pm - 4.00pm||Tidy up time|
Admission & Attendance
The Nursery take application from the college's students only. In order to secure a place for a child in our nursery, students must apply for childcare support as soon as they have a place confirmed in one of the college's programmes of study. Nursery places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to a number of terms and conditions, including fees agreement. A nursery place is confirmed only after students (parents) have understood, agreed and signed our terms and conditions as stated in the Registration Form.
|Nursery Fees||Cost||Lunch cost|
How to find us
We are easy to get to, being well connected by the DLR and underground, with the city of London only 12 minutes away and Canary Wharf less than two minutes.
Tel: 020 7510 7510,
Fax: 020 7510 7555
Train: Limehouse (5 mins)
Parking: Limited meter parking