Welcome to Apple Tree Nursery and Pre School in Erdington. Formally known as "Yenton Pre School" we cater for children from 2 to 5 years of age all year round.
We have placed great emphasis on our nursery offering a comfortable home from home environment for both children and their families. We will provide your child with the highest standard of care and education within a loving, safe and secure environment.
As each child is unique we find that some children may need next to no time to settle into nursery life, whereas others may require more support.
We recognise this and work to ensure that your child is given the necessary time and attention. We welcome parents to stay and play alongside their child for as long as necessary. This is why we have happy and contented children always keen to attend nursery.
"Children are confident, secure and increasingly becoming independent over their time at the pre-school as they are given opportunities to be independent and instigate their own play" Ofsted Report 2009
Welcome To Yenton Pre School
We have designed the nursery with a free flow system. Children aged from 2 to 5 spend time playing together in the main pre-school room. This encourages, good social integration and offers opportunities and facilities to promote independence and development. All staff are well-qualified .
The team works together to plan activities that are educational and stimulating for the children. Many activities are planned around the children's own interests. Focused activities can take place in small groups or on a 1 to 1 basis where necessary.
We offer a wide ranging curriculum for the children, including pre-writing skills, creativity, ICT, sand and water play, maths activities, physical play, role play. The setting includes areas dedicated to quiet activities, books, role play etc.
The day is planned around a structured time table and programme of activities which enables us to monitor children's progress and to plan for their continued development.
During the course of the year staff compile a Learning Journey for each child. This document will include notes about your child's progress, photographs, drawings etc. and is presented to each child when they leave pre-school.
We recently underwent a Quality Review by Birmingham City Council Early Years Consultants. This
was extremely successful and would like to share with you some comments from the consultants
notes from the inspection.
“The setting supported children individually and extended
children’s ideas by encouraging critical thinking by asking appropriate
questions and supporting language.”
“The areas seen by the Early Years Consultant were safe and
“It would be beneficial for the Pre-School to share their
good practice with other settings especially their ethos and interaction with
- “A very strong emotional environment.”
- “Exciting and challenging opportunities for the children to
be involved in and learn from.”
The children have access to their very own allotment where we grow
fruit, vegetables and herbs, which are regularly used during cooking
"They love to dig in soil, planting potatoes and tomatoes
and help to water them each day, and they look forward to eating the
potatoes when they have grown.
They enjoyed the texture of shaving foam between their fingers and
making marks in the mixture"
Ofsted Report 2009
Children who choose to do so are able to spend much of each day outside. We have access to a courtyard area that offers a range of activities, a large playground for physical play, our allotment area and a wooded area in which an outdoor classroom has been created.
"Children are excited when they find a ladybird in the garden, running inside to get magnifying glasses to see it close up.
They look with interest at the holes in their paintings left outside to dry and tells the inspector that 'snails had made the holes'" Ofsted Report 2009
"Children love using the outside area for play and this supports their physical development and social skills well" Ofsted Report 2009
During the year we hold parent consultations, to discuss your child's progress. We also arrange parents workshops to support them with challenges that we face at nursery or those at home. It's also a great opportunity for parents to meet with other parents of the nursery at the same time.
We have sports day during the summer that parents are invited to come and watch and support.
At the end of each year we do a Christmas performance for the parents, who enjoy seeing their little one's excel in confidence. We also have plenty of tissues on hand for tearful but proud parents and families!