Tel: 0117 924 7175

Email: info@tindrumnursery.co.uk

Ages & Rooms

The Tin Drum Nursery is an Independent Private Day Nursery which is registered with Ofsted and has been operating since 1989. It is situated in the Redland area of Bristol in a large Victorian house. An average of 40 children per day are cared for on the ground and lower ground floors of the house with access to the front and rear gardens.

The Learning Environment

Each age group has a base room which is laid out and resourced with carefully chosen furniture and equipment to allow children to have fun while they are learning.

The Under 2’s area of the nursery which consists of a Baby room, Infant room, Sleep Room and Under Two’s changing area is located on the ground floor. The Junior Room and Over 2’s bathroom and changing area are on the lower ground floor with the Schoolroom and Art room on the garden floor. Our kitchen, where food is prepared daily is on the lower ground floor.

We aim to encourage independence, friendships and curiosity in a safe and supportive environment.

The Baby Room (6 months – 15 months approx)

The Baby room is a large, warm and homely environment with space to allow children to explore, crawl, walk and climb, be messy and creative or have a quiet and cosy time to match their changing needs.

Meal times are a social event and children sit together to enjoy their food. We have a separate sleep room with cots to allow children to have a peaceful sleep.

Our baby room is filled with lots of exciting and stimulating learning opportunities, provided and supported by our experienced baby practitioners. We aim to make the transition from home and nursery a smooth experience for both the child and their family and ensure we pay particular attention to the child’s individual routine, needs and requirements.

Baby Room Ratio 1:3

The Infant Room (15 months approx – 2 years)

The Infant Room children are based in a large, bright room which overlooks the front garden. The room is resourced to match their emerging interests and support their first friendships as they start to interact with each other through parallel play.

The room is spacious and an excellent area to allow early walkers to move freely and gain confidence, as well as having fun whilst choosing their play. The children are curious to join in with adult-led and planned activities which are based on their interests and adapted to suit different abilities. The infants enjoy their mealtimes within their room and with their friends, practitioners join them to model good behaviour, engage in conversations about their day and encourage social skills.

The children use the separate shared sleep room to ensure they have a peaceful sleep, so they are ready for the next part of their day. The Infants often mix with the babies and join in one of the Under two rooms or in the garden. The sleep room and changing room are shared by both the babies and infants. On reaching the age of two, the children are confident, sociable and excited to move on to their next adventure in the Junior Room.

Infant Room Ratio 1:3

The Infant Room (15 months approx – 2 years)

The Infant Room children are based in a large, bright room which overlooks the front garden. The room is resourced to match their emerging interests and support their first friendships as they start to interact with each other through parallel play.

The room is spacious and an excellent area to allow early walkers to move freely and gain confidence, as well as having fun whilst choosing their play. The children are curious to join in with adult-led and planned activities which are based on their interests and adapted to suit different abilities. The infants enjoy their mealtimes within their room and with their friends, practitioners join them to model good behaviour, engage in conversations about their day and encourage social skills.

The children use the separate shared sleep room to ensure they have a peaceful sleep, so they are ready for the next part of their day. The Infants often mix with the babies and join in one of the Under two rooms or in the garden. The sleep room and changing room are shared by both the babies and infants. On reaching the age of two, the children are confident, sociable and excited to move on to their next adventure in the Junior Room.

Infant Room Ratio 1:3

The Junior Room (2 years – 3 years)

The Junior Room is located on the lower ground floor and comprises two areas for our 2–3-year-old children to explore. The main room is divided into areas for children to choose their play. The children are supported by practitioners to use curiosity and imagination to follow their interests. The juniors are invited to join adult-led activities to learn new concepts, consolidate skills and develop relationships. The main space is also used for mealtimes, providing a relaxed opportunity to talk about their day, share experiences, learn new words and try new foods.

After lunchtime the main area is converted into a quiet and calm sleeping area.
The smaller area of the Junior room which is situated up a few internal steps is used to have fun exploring messy and creative activities with space for art and craft, sand and water and many other fun messy activities.

The Junior room is situated near the over two’s bathrooms and changing area, this allows us to support the age group most likely to be toilet training and encourage good bathroom hygiene routines.

Junior Room Ratio 1:4

The School Room (3 years – School leavers)

The School Room consists of a large conservatory and an adjacent art room. The conservatory has direct access to the garden and is used by our 3 and 4-year-old children. The space provides a learning-rich environment with flexible resources for extra challenge and independence.

Children can play, explore and be motivated across all areas of learning. The School Room team ensure they give time, attention and encouragement to the children to support their learning whilst allowing them to build positive interactions, self-confidence and resilience. Children choose resources and activities to play and learn in varying group sizes.
There are carpet-based group times led by our qualified teacher or another School Room practitioner before lunch and tea to conclude and reflect on long periods of uninterrupted play.

Independence is encouraged and we promote this through fun, laughter, creativity and a sense of belonging to develop confidence for the move to school. Children gain a sense of responsibility for their environment through helping at mealtimes, tidying up and taking care of the resources.
The adjoined art room is used for messy and creative activities, cooking, sand and water play. Children learn the skills to use the resources and are encouraged to use those skills to enjoy developing their own plans and ideas.

School Room Ratio 1:8.

The School Room (3 years – School leavers)

The School Room consists of a large conservatory and an adjacent art room. The conservatory has direct access to the garden and is used by our 3 and 4-year-old children. The space provides a learning-rich environment with flexible resources for extra challenge and independence.

Children can play, explore and be motivated across all areas of learning. The School Room team ensure they give time, attention and encouragement to the children to support their learning whilst allowing them to build positive interactions, self-confidence and resilience. Children choose resources and activities to play and learn in varying group sizes.
There are carpet-based group times led by our qualified teacher or another School Room practitioner before lunch and tea to conclude and reflect on long periods of uninterrupted play.

Independence is encouraged and we promote this through fun, laughter, creativity and a sense of belonging to develop confidence for the move to school. Children gain a sense of responsibility for their environment through helping at mealtimes, tidying up and taking care of the resources.
The adjoined art room is used for messy and creative activities, cooking, sand and water play. Children learn the skills to use the resources and are encouraged to use those skills to enjoy developing their own plans and ideas.

School Room Ratio 1:8.

The Indoor Gallery

The Outdoor Environment

All the children have regular daily access to our outdoor provision and our families who are able to walk, cycle or scoot to the nursery may use the garage to store pushchairs, scooters and bikes.

The Back Garden

The back garden is connected to the school room. It is an enclosed area and partially covered allowing activities such as small world, role play and mark-making in all weathers. There is a soft surface area which is used for physical play, climbing, tricycles, scooters and large construction play as well as games and group play. There is a large sand pit, mud kitchen and muddy area for the children to explore and use their imaginations. It is used by children in all weathers for exploration and play in a natural environment. It provides the continuity of opportunities for learning, promoting independence and self-confidence. We want children to challenge themselves, take risks and have fun in our safe outdoor environment.

The Front Garden

The front garden is used mostly by the younger children for outdoor learning, play and exercise. The garden has paved areas, a large area of artificial grass, a mud kitchen and muddy area, a sandpit, picnic tables and a book shed. The children can choose to ride a balance bike, build a tower, search for snails or share a story, building on learning experiences from inside or exploring new challenges.