Marlborough’s College Fields Montessori Nursery School, who have cared for children aged 2 years to 5 years old for over 20 years, re-opened on June 1st after 9 weeks of closure during lockdown. The decision to close for lockdown was made after establishing that there was no requirement to stay open for Keyworker children.
The nursery is making the most of the large garden space with many activities taking place outside such as painting at an easel, pond dipping, balance bikes, sand pit and wheelbarrows.
The classrooms and toys have been professionally cleaned, handwashing is included as a regular activity and the children self-register using a named pebble and placing it in a basket. The children have picnic snacks of whole fruits which they can select and peel by themselves. There are staggered starts and a reduction in numbers and provision.
Nursery Manager, Liz Barnes told Marlborough.news, “We have had such terrific support from our families and we have been very grateful for some level of normality after lockdown. The pandemic has forced us all to think about what is important in life and we are very grateful that we can be here as and when all our families are ready to return.”
College Fields Montessori Nursery is also providing all its parents with activity ideas, story-telling videos and transition to school information via private social media groups. The current children are able to upload their own work and video clips and share stories with their friends.
Most importantly, the nursery is looking to the future and hopes to encourage new parents to look around using a virtual tour of the setting at https://www.college-fields-montessori-nursery-marlborough.co.uk/ and apply for spaces in September 2020.