The nursery will be open as normal from Monday 2 November.  Parents should check their email and Babysdays accounts for the latest Covid Lockdown news and changes that may affect them.

It is no exaggeration to say that life as we knew it changed in March 2020 when the country was plunged into a national lockdown and Playbox Nursery, like so many other places, closed it’s doors without knowing when they could re-open again.

Whilst the children and their families initially stayed at home and used Babysdays to share with us their lockdown adventures, the Playbox Nursery staff we are busy as ever recording virtual song and story times, creating story stone trails and planning a safe return for the children.

And it wasn’t long before the children of our key worker parents were back in the nursery doing what they do best, learning and having fun!  The children adapted to the new social distancing measures and stayed in bubbles to keep safe whilst taking part in a belated Easter egg hunt, VE day celebrations and celebrated international nurses day.

We said goodbye to our 2020 leavers in a different way to normal this year but were immensely proud of children and how well they coped throughout the lockdown period. 

Now that all of the children have returned and the new term has started we are looking forward to seeing what this school year has to bring!


Outstanding Inspection

We are proud to announce that we have been graded OUTSTANDING by Ofsted in our latest inspection.

The report recognises that the children at Playbox Nursery are curious and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world.

Please read our report:

The inspector acknowledged the calm atmosphere in the nursery and the impeccable behaviour of the children.

The inspector also reported: Staff are incredibly skilled at ensuring that the curriculum offers children a superb range of first-hand experiences linked to their emerging interests and next steps.

Children are extremely inquisitive and benefit from an extensive range of high quality natural resources

Staff have consistently high expectations for children’s learning

The manager and staff are extremely dedicated and passionate about providing high-quality care and learning for children.

The manager is meticulously organised and has implemented a very effective training programme to make sure all staff receive in-depth safeguarding tuition

As part of the children’s Spanish learning they took part in a food tasting activity.

Trying some tortilla

Maria, who’s family ran a restaurant in her home town in Spain for many years, cooked up a feast of tortilla (Spanish omelette), chorizo, serrano ham, manchego cheese and olives which the children thoroughly enjoyed trying.

A huge thank you to Maria and to the child who suggested we try some Spanish food.

This week Harcourt Primary School invited us to join them when a fire engine came to visit the school as part of a people who help us theme.

Fire Engine Visit

The children enjoyed sitting in the fire engine and learning about the equipment that fire fighters use to put out fires.

Today the children took part in our annual sports day event. The sun shone as the children donned their trainers and headed out onto the school field to start their races.

The Bean Bag Race

The children took part in running, egg and spoon, bean bag and relay races before 5 brave parent volunteers took part in the skipping race.

The Bean Bag Race

A huge thank you, as always, to the families that came to support the children today.

Relay Race

The Easter holidays are always a busy time for staff and this year was no different with further garden and staff room renovations.

Ian, our wonderful caretaker, spent several hours in the garden assembling our brand new tree house climbing frame. The tree house comes with a raised platform, a nook underneath, a slide and a bucket on a pulley system for water play.

As the summer approaches and we are able to spend more and more time outside we are looking forward to seeing how the children and their imaginations use the tree house.

Today the children took part in our Easter Egg Hunt. As seems to have become customary for Playbox Nursery the event took place in rather wet weather. The children didn’t seem to mind though and searched for the eggs with great enthusiasm, with several of the children commenting “that was really fun!”

A huge thank you to all of the parents who contributed to the Easter Egg Hunt with raffle ticket purchases and donations of eggs. As always your support is greatly appreciated.

This week the children have been talking about families and pets. The children and staff in the Yellow Room shared photos and talked about who they live with. The children have all sorts of pets, from cats and dogs to geckos and lots of guinea pigs.

On Wednesday the children received a visit from Sarah’s dog, Buzz. Buzz is a year old black Cockapoo. The children were pleased to see Buzz and talked about the similarities and differences between him and their own pets. They also talked about how soft and curly Buzz’s fur was.

Meeting Buzz

After Buzz had gone home one of the children commented “that was a very kind thing that Sarah brought in her dog.”

This week the children have enjoyed playing in the new aeroplane.

Heather found the aeroplane whilst browsing online. It had been hand made as a World Book Day costume and was destined for the bin after it had been used. Heather contacted the talented creator and mentioned that her nursery children would love to give it a second lease of life.

After a precarious journey in the back of Heather’s car the aeroplane arrived in one piece on Wednesday. The children were thrilled with their brand new toy. So far the aeroplane has transported the children to their adventures in Spain, Lanzarote, South America, Space and the local ice cream shop. It has also inspired conversations about holidays the children have been on and journeys that they have taken.

We are looking forward to finding out where the aeroplane takes us next.

Waving to Kate on take off