About

George climbing tree

The Strawberry Patch has been running since 2003 and has gone from strength to strength. Our building has been specially designed alongside OFSTED regulations to cover every childcare standard and requirement.

Our Staff

We have a strong experienced team, covering a wide range of experiences and qualifications, some of whom have been with us since we first opened and a large number who have been with us for many years. The staff are dedicated to their profession and take great pride in constantly striving to improve our setting and updating their knowledge through childcare courses and in-house training.

All of our staff are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and regularly undergo training on safe guarding children and first aid. The staff are friendly and very approachable. Our staff provide a very loving family environment here at the Patch. The staff range in age and experience, from mothers to grandmothers.

Interacting at Orchard Friends

Learning, Growing & having Fun!

We take children from 6 months to five years and in the holidays will take siblings up to the age of 8.

The nursery has four main rooms – a baby room from 6 months to around 2 years, the transition room for children from 20 months to around 2.5 years, the main room which caters for children from 2 to 4 years and the pre-school room which operates for children who are due to start school.

All rooms offer children access to secure enclosed all-weather outdoor play areas, which allow continuous free flow indoor/outdoor play. This supports independence, decision making and developing confidence to explore and learn in safe, secure and challenging environment.

We also offer continuous opportunities to play on the patio area with sensory garden, the wilderness area on the paddock area with large climbing frame, train, bus and real boat and grass mound to climb and conquer!

Healthy Eating

Children working togetherWe provide the children with balanced, healthy cooked meals daily and snacks which are prepared freshly each day by our nursery cook. Some of these are collected from our vegetable patch by the children or from our orchard or dug up in the fields or even collected from the hedgerows on one of our many nature rambles.

Our food is supplied from a local butcher and our fruit and vegetables fresh from the grocer in town. We also use our own home grown fruit and vegetables from our organic vegetable garden when it is available. We take into account any special requirements from dietary, medical, cultural or parental preference. We offer a three week menu for parents to view.

Open all year

We open from 8am to 6pm all year round, and only close for the Christmas holidays (following the Norfolk state schools calendar) and on bank holidays. Our aim is to create a warm and caring family environment with lots of fun and education thrown in. We do offer a 7.45am start where required.

The Setting

Indoors we have four rooms, the baby room, transition room, main room and pre-school all of which includes creative spaces where the children can be messy with their play and creativity.

Large Climbing ApparatusOutdoors we have a large field with climbing apparatus, wild discovery area and a mound. Additionally, there is a patio area where the children can ride on bikes and tractors and a grassy area where children can dig and experiment, both in the large sand pit or the special digging area.

There is also a specially built water chute for them to problem solve and space to be physical with balancing boards . We also have an area for the children who want to take time out or enjoy their imaginary play.

All the children share access to secure enclosed outdoor play areas which allow continuous free flow indoor/outdoor play, giving them the confidence to explore and learn in safe, secure and challenging environments.

Our outdoor area incorporates a large vegetable patch, a paddock area with wooden climbing equipment, an orchard, sensory garden and the Forest School area. We use the crops grown in the vegetable patch for our meals and snacks; we collect apples from the orchard and have a market style stall for our excess produce.

The Forest School

We have two Forest School leaders at The Strawberry Patch – Emma and Rebecca – and one assistant, Debbie. This means we are able to offer our children Forest School sessions, where children use natural resources to learn and develop, from making dens and using tools to growing vegetables. Forest School strongly develops all areas within the EYFS, allowing children to have first hand contact with nature and all it has to offer. More information on the Forest School here.