Have you ever wondered what happens at The Wilberforce Centre at Holy Trinity Church on a week day morning? You may well have noticed that there is often a small group of children happily playing in the large, open space set in the grounds of Clapham Common.
The large, two storey annex at Holy Trinity Church plays host to Pixies Nursery School from 9 am – 12.15pm, Monday to Friday during term time, catering for children aged between 2.5 years and 5 years of age.
Pixies was founded 18 years ago. The management and day to day running is overseen by headmistress, Laura Rathbone who has a BA in the Early Years and more than 12 years experience in Early Learning settings. Laura explains that Pixies aims to “create a happy, secure, and stimulating learning environment. We want our children to discover that learning is fun, so that they can develop social values and communicative skills and build independence, self – esteem and confidence”.
The children at Pixies follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which has been carefully designed to offer the children a broad and balanced experience covering seven area of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication & Language, Physical, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Literacy and Expressive Arts & Design. The aim is that each child will reach their Early Learning goals by the time they are 5.
Pixies’ curriculum offers the children opportunities to explore and learn through structured and free play, by enjoying art and crafts, cooking, drama, story time and physical exercise. The children also participate in outings to support the topics and themes covered in class. In addition, Science, Geography and History are introduced to stimulate the children’s interest in the world around them.
Despite the large floor space that the Nursery operates from, Laura likes to keep their numbers to a minimum of 36 children, made up of 3 classes of 12. Each class benefits from 1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant, apart from the under 3’s who have a ration of 1:4.
The staff at Pixies work in partnership with parents to meet the individual needs of every child. Parents and carers are invited into the Nursery on a regular basis. Pixies operates an ‘open door’ policy, where opinions from parents are both welcomed and valued. As well as parents taking an active part in the normal nursery day, there are a number of regular occasions throughout the year that parents are invited to such as Sports Day, the Christmas Play, Leavers Graduation and the termly parents meetings. For parents and carers that cannot always be available for ongoing verbal communication a Contact Book is provided for each child which goes back and forth between home and the Nursery as a means for a child’s key person and parents to communicate with each other in writing.
Upon graduation, all children are provided with a transition report to take with them to their new School. Pixies’ graduates mostly go onto Eaton House, Thomas’s, Newton Prep and Clapham Manor. In preparation for the move on to school, Pixies invites children aged 3 and over to stay for their lunch club until 2.15pm.
The termly fees are £1,650 for 5 mornings and there is a registration fee of £40.
Children are accepted on a first come first served possible and they operate a sibling policy.
If you would like to find out some more information about a place at Pixies for your child you can contact Laura on the contact details below or attend an opening mornings on 20 May, 12 June, 14 October or 27 November.
T: 0207 7207095