Little Grasshoppers Nursery
In September 2017 we welcomed two year olds into our Little Grasshoppers Nursery. These littlest grasshoppers joined our current nursery goers – three and four year olds – in our safe and stimulating environment.
A happy home from home
The Little Grasshoppers Nursery is located within Gresham’s Pre-Prep building – a Grade II Listed building that overlooks playing fields and is conveniently situated in Holt town centre. Sharing all of the school’s facilities, including the vast grounds, 200 acres in all, and swimming pool, the nursery offers endless opportunities for little explorers’ adventures.
A Gresham’s education is classed as ‘Excellent’ across all nine possible categories and for all parts of the school, and our Little Grasshoppers Nursery is no exception.
Our experienced and qualified nursery staff create an environment where each little grasshopper is well-known, feels content in his or her surroundings, and has fun with their friends.
A typical day will see the children learning, exploring, creating and developing their individual personalities as they discover new capabilities and interests each day – whether they attend on a part-time or full-time basis.
Our little grasshoppers will enjoy learning something new every day simply through guided play providing an excellent platform from which children can later embark on their more formal learning as Pre-Prep pupils with confidence. From the age of 3, there are opportunities to try languages, including French and Spanish with specialist teachers and to experience learning in the open air with our Outdoor Wild Learning Squad (OWLS).
Taking care of the finer details
We know that as parents of young children there are so many aspects of your child’s day to consider, from their safety and happiness, to their diet and opportunities for positive interactions with other children and adults.
This is why at Little Grasshoppers Nursery we consider the finer details.
- Class sizes are small. Eight or less at the age of 2.
- All of the food we provide to children across the school is prepared by Chartwells, a renowned school catering company.
- Our team consists of qualified Early Years Foundation Stage specialists responsible for overseeing all of our little grasshoppers’ activities.
- Team members are all enthusiastic and passionate about providing our children with a balanced environment, in which to promote positive behaviours and each child’s self-esteem, alongside developing a sense of security and genuine friendships.
Flexible hours for your little grasshoppers
|Morning-only: 8.55am to 1.00pm|
|Full day: 8.55am to 3.30pm|
|Weekly: Monday to Friday full day|
Attendance is flexible: part-time or full-time places are available (during term time). All sessions include lunch. Children attending for a full day session are also able to join in with the school’s Breakfast Club (from 8.00am) and After School Club (until 5.00pm on Wednesdays and until 5.30pm on all other school days).
|Susanna completed a BA (Hons) degree in Music with Qualified Teacher Status at the University College of Ripon and York St. John. She then took her first position in Somerset working with nursery children before taking up a Primary teaching post in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then within the UK Susanna has worked at The Downs Prep school in Bristol and St. Edwards Prep School in Reading. A wealth of teaching experience has also been gained from working in leading British International schools; Dulwich International College in Phuket and The British School Muscat in Oman. Susanna came to Gresham’s Pre-Prep with twenty years experience across the Primary year groups in both state and private school settings, which has included leadership roles of Pod Leader and Literacy Co-ordinator.|
|Emma began working within the nursery sector 30 years ago. Training at Norwich City College for 2 years for the Nursery Nursing Education Board. After undertaking various nursery positions within Norfolk, she opened and established a successful nursery department at Wood-Dene school, an independent day school. Following this and wanting to further her knowledge of child development Emma formed part of a team establishing a residential family assessment unit working in partnership with social services, during this time she achieved an HNC in Social Care. After 10 years, the desire to return to teaching became too great, she joined Gresham’s Pre-Prep in 2003, initially as a classroom assistant before taking up the position as class leader. Emma has an NVQ level 3 qualification in Early Years and an NVQ level 4 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.|
|Amy studied at Sheringham Sixth Form from 2009 and left in 2011 having completed 3 A levels in Maths, Biology and Art, as well as an AS level in Psychology. She discovered her passion was working with children soon after and was determined to make this passion a reality. She began her Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools and took a placement at Holt Primary School in the reception class. After completing this she was offered a position at Gresham’s Pre-Prep working full time in the nursery where they helped her start her Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator which she is set to finish at the end of this year. She then hopes to continue onto level 4 in the new year.|
We would be delighted for you and your little grasshopper to visit us and experience a typical day at Little Grasshoppers Nursery.
The Pre-Prep Office
“Children in the early years foundation stage are motivated and enthusiastic learners who respond well to the staff’s high expectations of them.”
Independent schools inspectorate report 2016