We are extremely fortunate at Bertrum House to have a purpose built school building, complete with our own dedicated field. We are confident that no other Balham nursery can offer the same space to facilitate a full early years curriculum. Importantly, we are not constrained in our choice of activities, by having to pack-away at the end of the day.
We are unique as an independent nursery in Balham, in that we can provide access to each of the key areas of the curriculum in a roomy, yet intimate and stimulating setting. The children are separated into small classes across 2 academic year groups – nursery and pre-reception, with each class enjoying its own fully resourced classroom. The classrooms are large enough that the teachers can prepare a full range of activities within a calm and uncrowded environment.
In addition to the individual classrooms the children are also taught in the school hall. The hall provides ample space for the children to enjoy specialist sessions in music, dance and yoga, and a grand stage on which the children perform the annual Christmas nativity and Mother’s Day concert. On a daily basis the hall is equipped with indoor play equipment and a reading corner for the children to enjoy at snack time and during lunch.
We are the only Balham nursery to have our own huge field, where the children play and learn every day, whatever the weather. We do not need to take the children off site in order to provide them with space or exposure to the natural environment – they experience it every day they come to school, it is integral to how we teach. Outdoor play is shown to be hugely beneficial for pre-school children, when much of their learning is predominantly through sensory and physical experience. Our experience supports this, the excitement and enjoyment of the children is clearly evident (and audible!)