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02380 868700

Little Gardners Nursery 
Main Road, Marchwood, 
Southampton, SO40 4ZH


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To help the childrens’ reading skills we focus on meaningful print, for example the child's name and words in the environment. We aim to offer dual language books to accommodate the children’s ethnic origins and encourage books to be brought in from home. Phonics are taught following Phase One Letters and Sounds, which incorporates oral blending and segmenting of words the term before the older children start school. We also read stories that the children already know to give them the opportunity to 'read' the next word.


We develop the childrens’ writing skills by providing play opportunities for mark-making such as a chalkboard, white board, painting and pens and paper inside and outside. We encourage children to recognise and write their own name when developmentally appropriate.



The childrens’ number knowledge is developed by singing counting songs and rhymes. We use activities involving order, addition and subtraction games for example hopscotch, skittles and target games. Practitioners talk about maths in everyday situations, like snack time and we ensure numbers are displayed inside and outside of the nursery to prompt discussion. 

Shape, space and measure

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. We ensure that the children will have the resources to explore shapes, space and measure. Some of the resources will include tape measures, measuring jugs, scales, sand timers, clocks, coins and jigsaws.

Understanding the World

People and communities 

Our nursery recognises that each child is unique and therefore we will celebrate their cultural events and value their own ethnic origins. To enable the children to understand culture we also participate in the local community events and experiences to enable the children to have a better understanding of the world around them. This teaches the children about similarities and differences between themselves and others.

To help the children to learn positive attitudes and challenge negative stereotypes our practitioners discourage any discrimination. Our resources also avoid traditional stereotyping. 

The world

We are privileged that the children can learn about the natural world through our extensive natural area. We also plan external visits to further explore the community areas outside the nursery. 


We develop the childrens’ understanding of technology by having a range of ICT available such as an interactive computer table, torches, shop tills and telephones. We use a variety of programmable toys and will teach our youngest children the necessary skills to use technology such as twisting and turning knobs.

Expressive Art and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

The nursery offers a variety of materials, tools and techniques, to explore colour, design, texture, form and function. To achieve this we provide playdough, gloop, recycled materials, paint, shaving foam and hair gel.

Being imaginative

We provide opportunities for the children to be imaginative through singing songs, making music and dancing to music. Our nursery understands that children develop through imaginary play. We therefore provide resources to stimulate their imagination and our practitioners will support the children’s imagination and ideas by encouraging their inventiveness.