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We believe that our children should be able to move on to the older rooms as soon as they are ready rather than it being led merely by their age, otherwise it can lead them to regressing in their behaviour and not being able to reach their full potential of learning and having fun with peers of the same abilities.

However this can make it difficult to guarantee you a place with us further than 3 months ahead of time as we can't predict their readiness beyond this. Due to this uncertainty of securing a place with us sooner we do not charge a registration fee and won't ask for a deposit until we can guarantee you a set start date.

So please have back up options. Other nurseries have rigid rules to only follow the date of births to make their waiting lists easier to handle but we don’t agree with this; especially when a younger sibling is nearly always more advanced than its peers thanks to observing the older sibling at home.

Honestly if a child wasn't ready to be moved, the staff from both rooms would protest and we would never upset a child by moving them by force. Our decisions are always geared by the children. A member of staff from their room would act as the parent did in settling them in to the new room; but quite often this isn’t needed as the child will recognise children who have moved down before them and are familiar with the rooms and staff from walking through there every day to get to the garden.

Quite often they almost settle themselves which is why we may only tell you with short notice as we’re following their lead! Each room has an hour each assigned to the garden in the morning and the afternoon, but in the colder weather we would shorten this where needed but still go out for fresh air