The youngest members of the Durlston family begin their journey in Kindergarten. Excellent ratios and experienced staff mean that we are able to care for each child as the unique individual that they are. Each will settle, learn and grow in different ways and we wholeheartedly embrace this.
We offer total flexibility in terms of the school day. A half hour drop-off slot allows us time and space to welcome each child personally and to chat with parents. You may then choose whatever session length works best for you as a family. Half day sessions run until 1pm and include a delicious hot lunch, eaten with friends. The standard day ends at 3.15pm and there is also an option to sign up for an extended session until either 4.30pm or 5.30pm.
A safe, happy and nurturing environment for children aged two to four years old.
Kindergarten is one large, happy and purposeful environment where the children flow freely between indoors and outdoors. A huge range of activities are available, all carefully designed to stimulate learning and promote communication. The younger children learn from their older role-models and the older ones simply adore looking after their smaller friends.
Mrs Natasha Aldred, a qualified teacher with over twenty years’ experience, oversees the department. She and her team work with small groups to teach at an age-appropriate level. Daily focus is on social turn-taking tasks, language development and physical challenges, as well as phonics, numeracy and literacy skills. We motivate and inspire the children by planning multi-sensory activities based around their own personal interests.
Children also benefit from Music, Dance and on-site Forest School sessions with specialist teachers. From the very beginning of their Durlston journey, we provide every child with the chance to explore a breadth of opportunities.
The home-school partnership is at the heart of everything that we do in Kindergarten. Each day, we post updates on an online learning journal so that you can see photographs and information about what your child has been doing. Your presence is welcomed at Durlston and there are regular occasions to come and join in the fun yourself!
We recognise that leaving your child for the first time is a huge step and we are passionate about supporting you as a family to ensure that starting Kindergarten is an exciting and enjoyable experience for all.