6 months to 2 years old

Our approach for children under 2.

Our nursery for babies at Little Downsend Ashtead builds on the exceptional early education already in place for children aged two and above. Our Bright Beginners and Early Learners have a timetable of open-ended play, punctuated by short, focused sessions each day and across the week, such as storytime, nursery rhyme time, a focused sensory exploration activity, number time, language building and physical skills.

The academic curriculum currently in place for our 2-3 year olds is already extremely successful, with our children in First Steps and Rising Reception already achieving far ahead of national averages, so we are taking this approach and cherry-picking the very best elements for our Under 2s.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Prime Areas of Learning:

A fantastic place for little ones! My child skips out of the door every day.

– Little Downsend Ashtead Parent, 2022

A day in the life of Bright Beginners and Early Learners

Time Activity
07:45 Early Bird Club – included within your fees, Early Birds welcomes children for time to play, colour and catch up with friends before the day starts
08:30 The school day begins
09:00-11:30 Play based learning in classrooms and outdoor areas, with short structured 'teaching' sessions such as story time
12:00 Lunch followed by outdoor time
13:30 - 14:30 Sleep time
14:30 - 15:30 Play based learning with short structured 'teaching' sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Late Club - included within your fees, children are able to stay for Late Club.
16:00 - 18:00 Extended Day - at an additional charge, children can stay until 18:00, with tea at 16:30.

A fun, exciting and playful day.

A day at Little Downsend Ashtead will always be fun, exciting and full of activity.

As well as plenty of time to play, your little one will be given the chance to discover music, to dance, to enjoy Forest School and to play sports and games.

Downsend School

Admissions: 01372 372311

General: 01372 372197