1 2 3 4
  • winter at the playgroup
Welcome to Saltwood Nursery

Saltwood Play and Learning Centre is a non-profit making organisation with charitable status. The Centre's operations are overseen by voluntary trustees including Alison Miles a previous teacher at Saltwood School, Elizabeth Pettersen, Headteacher and Karen Bridges, a parent with a child at Saltwood School with excellent business management experience. All Our staff and trustees work hard to promote a safe culture for children to thrive though our safeguarding policies and training programmes.

We offer a wonderful, stimulating and inclusive service where children enter into our nursery and quickly become confident and independent learners. Our routine offers children a balance of adult led and child initiated play in an environment where children play, learn and discover together. We believe the best start we can give our children is the social and emotional skills to become a member of a larger group. Our children are encouraged to learn important life skills, to feel confident, to take risks and challenging their play environment, whilst being supported by adults who are sensitive to your child's needs.All Our staff work hard to support our aims to promote a safe culture for children to thrive though our safeguarding policies and training programmes.

Free Early Years Education is available for  2, 3 and 4 year olds. 
Don't forget, if your child is over 3 yrs old, they are entitled to 15 hours per week free local authority funding and some children are eligible from 2 years old. Please ask the nursery manager for more information. From September 2017, as you may be aware, 2017 the government will be implementing a change in the funding offered to the 3 and 4 year olds of working parents across the country and offering 30 hours to eligible parents. >Please click here for more information about the changes.

Ofsted inspection quotes April 2010

“Children have a wonderful time in bright, welcoming and well-resourced surroundings”.
“They are quickly developing a sense of belonging in their new environment. Children are confident, happy and secure. This is due to their excellent relationships with staff and their key workers. They show a keen interest in their surroundings, are fully engaged in interesting and challenging activities, make their needs and opinions known and consequently children’s behaviour is good.  High quality information about children’s development and achievements enables parents to work together with staff to support their children’s learning at home”.


Key Person
Key Person

A qualified, experienced, early years practitioner is assigned to your child; ensuring learning, development, care and the child’s interests are fully catered for. Partnerships are formed between you as parents/carers, the key person and child, whilst following guidelines from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress at any time with their child’s Key Person or management.

321 Club
Early Year’s Foundation Stage

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

Our Practitioners encourage the learning and development in these prime areas through play and exploration:
•                Communication and language;
•                Physical development; and
•                Personal, social and emotional development

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:
•                Literacy;
•                Mathematics;
•                Understanding the world; and
•                Expressive arts and design

For more information on EYFS: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/early-years-foundation-stage-2012/