The Nursery grounds are fully enclosed within the grounds of Keep Hatch Primary School site. Entrance to the grounds is gained via a wooden gate. There is a large tarmac area to the front for riding bicycles, and sit and ride cars and toys. This is also ideal for the use of balls, hoops, beanbags, etc. Plant troughs, which the children tend, are also located in this area.
In Spring 2004, the second play area, to the side of the building, was re-developed and a climbing frame and sandpit were installed.
The climbing frame includes two towers linked by a bridge, complete with slide, fireman’s pole and a rock wall. This area is surrounded by a safety surface. Our large, covered sand pit can be turned into a stage for imaginative and creative play.
In 2008, further improvements were made to extend the opportunities for outside play –
- The grassed area here was replaced with astro- turf to increase access between showers.
- A canopy fitted to the building provides shelter for the various activities and equipment in changeable weather.
Ashridge Nursery was delighted to open it’s Nature Garden, in 2009, at the rear of the premises offering the children opportunities to dig, plant and explore. This gated area includes a small pond, ‘wild life hotel’ and growing beds. In the Summer and Autumn Terms we harvest the fruit and vegetables that we have grown.
Entrance to the Nursery is gained by either steps or a ramp, making the building accessible for wheelchairs. Access to the Nursery is by a door-entry system, providing a secure environment for the children.
Ashridge Nursery’s building was constructed in 1999. There are two large rooms, separated by a partition. One is used for ‘messy’ play such as water, sand and creative activities. The other room is carpeted and is used for imaginative, constructive and table top activities. A computer and printer for the children’s use is also available in this room. Both areas provide many opportunities for language and mathematical development and investigative play. There is also a small ‘quiet’ room, which is well resourced with both story and factual books. A listening centre provides the opportunity for taped songs, stories and games.