Tenderlinks Day Nursery - Elstead
Elstead Tenderlinks follows the Curiosity Approach and is currently undergoing an accreditation. The Curiosity Approach is a wonderful ethos that focuses on curiosity, awe and wonder in early childhood. We aim to provide a home from home environment using natural and authentic materials to spark imagination, independence and first hand experiences. Children are encouraged to direct their own learning through their current interests. Practitioners use their child development knowledge and skills to understand the individual child so they can provide learning invitations which will entice the child to come and explore while actively learning in the moment.
Our vision is to grow happy, independent and confident children. One of the advantages of Tenderinks Elstead is being a smaller setting, we get to know each individual child really well so their care and learning is personal to them and they are supported to ensure they are able to flourish and grow and to be ready for their future after Nursery.
Our mission as skilful practitioners is to enable all of our children to be confident and curious learners, Be resilient and take on challenges, communicate effectively, to respect themselves and others around them and to grow and learn at their own pace and in their own way.
Our nursery is situated in the heart of a beautiful village, as well as a purpose built garden offering free flow for our older children it is an extension of the inside environment.
We are also lucky enough to be able to enjoy the local playing field, park and forest within a 10 minute walk, which offers opportunities for holistic growth. It develops confidence and self esteem through child inspired hands on experience in a natural setting.
The Curiosity Approach Accreditation
Tenderlinks Elstead are embarking on, an amazing Accreditation scheme to become the very first Tenderlinks Nursery to follow ‘The Curiosity Approach.’ and to become an accredited setting.
We want to create beautiful environments for our incredible children. Inspiring them to be inquisitive and curious, creating the “thinkers and doers” of the future. The nursery will be nourished with inviting materials, natural authentic resources and loose parts, allowing our children the freedom to experience and learn in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, awe, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adults make a difference for that child.
Throughout an average day your child will engage in a wide range of activities such as some of those listed below:
A typical day:
8.00am – 8.30am
Arrival and Breakfast.
8.30am – 9.00am
Registration and circle time
9.00am – 11.15am
Morning lessons and activities / outings / specialist sessions (snack at 10.00am)
11.15am – 11.45am
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Naps / Quiet time or activities for older children
2.00 – 4.30 pm
Afternoon lessons and activities / outings / specialist sessions (snack at 2.15pm)
4.00pm – 4.30pm
4.45pm – 6.00pm
Story time /Free play and home time
Specialist teacher sessions:
As part of the broad curriculum we offer at Tenderlinks the children take part in weekly specialist led sessions of Dance, Baby French, Music, Sport and we have recently introduced Studio Cultivate.
Kindergarden is an exciting outdoor education program created to encourage Early Years children to enhance, interact with and take ownership of the green spaces that they inhabit. Kindergarden workshops take place in a school’s garden or playground and run twelve months a year, rain or shine.
The programme is divided into four seasonally themed modules, each exploring the world of gardens and the many fascinating living things that occupy them. Weekly workshops are filled with practical gardening activities, story telling, drama and art. Through these varied learning mediums Kindergarden pupils are able to absorb challenging academic content, expand vocabulary, develop fine motor skills, whilst engendering an appreciation of the living world around them.
Pedro has a Masters degree in PE and 10 years experience as a sports coach and teacher. He spends part of his week planning and delivering multi-sports sessions in Nurseries and schools around South West London. Sessions take place in our local Park or in our outdoor spaces. The weekly sessions include ball skills, racket skills and athletics for toddlers and incorporate other learning such as colour names and counting.
About our Team
Nursery Manager: Amanda Vaus
Hello, I am Amanda the manager at Tenderlinks Nursery in Elstead. I have 27 years of nursery experience including 20 years of management. I am NVQ and Montessori trained and had experience teaching and managing in private nurseries as well as in an independent school as Head of Years and Nursery manager giving me a wealth of experience to ensure your child has a fantastic experience whilst in our care.
My amazing team are fully committed to working with children providing a loving and nurturing nursery, I truly believe that children learn best when we follow their interests and teach in the moment offering exciting invitations to learn using as many natural resources and loose parts as we can.
In my free time, I love to spend time with my children and four grandchildren along with husband and two springer spaniels who love to find the wettest and muddiest puddles they can!
I look forward to meeting and welcoming you to Tenderlinks at Elstead.