Our Learning Environment
Where play and learning go hand in hand
Over time, we’ve designed and adapted our nursery to meet the highest standards
of today’s world of Early Years education.
By providing a supportive and stimulating environment, our aim is to ensure we meet each and every child's needs.
Yorley Barn Nursery School is located on a working farm next door to a livery yard. Horses, ducks, chickens, geese and tractors on our doorstep is why this makes us a unique setting.
Our Barn overlooks a beautiful farm and woodland. The outdoor environment plays a major part in children's learning and we take full advantage of our fantastic location.
We are lucky to have a spacious, secure outdoor area with a canopy which creates our outdoor classroom for learning outside in all weathers.
Imaginative play can be one of the most important activities for young children, it not only stimulates their imagination but can support them with their social development.
Circle time takes place on 'red carpet'. A chance to practice speaking and listening skills. At other times it becomes a quiet area for children to enjoy looking at books and hearing stories.
In The Sand
Our large sand pit promotes physical development. Large muscle skills develop as children dig, pour, sift and scoop. Eye-hand coordination and small muscle control improve as children learn to manipulate our sand accessories.
Outdoor All Weather Classroom
A large canopy covers our outside classroom allowing outdoor learning all year round. Overlooking the farm and duck pond it certainly offers a unique learning experience come rain or shine.
Everyone benefits from learning outdoors, especially children. In addition to the educational value of nature-based activities are the health benefits of getting outdoors. Some of the other benefits include:
Improved mood and happier pupils.
Enhanced appreciation for the outdoors through interaction.
Improved learning experience for tactile and experiential learners.
Improved social skills.
Incorporation of physical activity across various subject areas.
Yorley Barn Babies
Our one year old's have their very own specially designed 'home away from home' room where our youngest children are allowed to develop at their own pace all while learning through play. Our Practitioners support babies' in-built language abilities by talking and listening to them and tuning in to their needs. Responding to and making sense of the sounds our babies make encourages them to talk back. The resources in the baby room are carefully chosen to motivate babies to interact and talk. We recognise that every interaction is important, no matter how small.
Our Garden has been carefully designed to please all five of our senses: Sight, Touch, Sound, Scent and Taste. Children are born playful and curious so here at Yorley Barn we understand the importance of creating stimulating Early Years play environments where children can make choices and pursue independence. Our multi-sensory garden experience helps children gain and retain knowledge more effectively, whilst making connections with the real world.
Gardening offers so many fun and interesting opportunities for children, and teaches them invaluable lessons. This is where they learn about the different species of plants and vegetables and what those plants need to help them grow. They also get to learn about the different seasons, weather and the affects they have on our nursery plants. Its also an amazing opportunity to learn about different shapes and colours, and different animals and insects they might come across while tending to their produce.
Our programme of multicultural education enables children to become responsible members of society with an understanding of cultures and lifestyles throughout our world as well as in our own multicultural society. At Yorley Barn Nursery we teach children to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. We strongly believe that we have a responsibility to inspire sound moral values and respect for other people, their property, culture and beliefs.
2 - 5 Classroom
Our classroom has been arranged into zones to support different areas of children's early years development. Display boards are used to encourage children's learning and understanding of the world around us. Our carefully planned spaces promote high engagement and quality learning opportunities which consist of a number of clearly defined areas that complement each other with a clear sense of flow around the room. When particular areas of provision are resourced and organised effectively they become the best way to enable children to follow their interests and explore the things that matter to them.
Effective role play gives children the opportunity to try out risky ideas in a safe environment. It allows them to explore boundaries, make sense of the world and develop their own identities. Through pretend play, children are learning to understand the basic principles of society and how it functions, and the important rules and routines of everyday life. Imaginative play is vital because it allows children to revisit familiar and unfamiliar events, whilst also supporting the development of their imagination, through real and familiar, to complete fantasy.
Mud Pie Kitchen
Mud, mud glorious mud! Oh the joys of mud! Since the dawn of time children have been drawn to mud puddles and dirt as a part of their play. Mixing soil, water, and other natural materials like pebbles, leaves, or grass provides children endless possibilities for learning and fun. Many of us have fond memories of creating mud pies, digging for worms, or making streams and valleys in the mud. But it’s not just about fun, children benefit from messy, muddy play.