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Hornsea Nursery School

“Where children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”

Did you know you have a choice of provision? You can choose from a traditional nursery or an Outdoor Nursery.
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Hornsea Nursery School

“Where children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”


What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here. If you want to learn more about our curriculum please speak to a member of staff.
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Hornsea Nursery School is the kind of school parents expect, educators celebrate and children adore.


Our unique curriculum celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners.

At the core of our approach is the conviction that children are innately talented and motivated investigators, capable – with thoughtful guidance – of sophisticated inquiry across a wide range of subjects.


Our goal is to cultivate the skills that are at the foundation of a life of happiness and success: cooperative and individual problem-solving, analytical thinking, emotional intelligence and empathy, cultural competence – as well as early literacy and math skills and real-world preparation.


Our emergent curriculum is play-based, but far more than "play." It is a series of expertly guided investigations that grow from the children's own interests, which immerse them in the process and joys of real discovery.

Research consistently supports that emergent curriculum in early education – emphasizing authentic experiences rather than a rigid curriculum – leads to greater levels of information and skills acquisition, increased self-esteem and, ultimately, higher achievement. We have found this approach allows children to consistently exceed the usual educational standards, and to simultaneously develop a robust self-awareness and a joy in learning that will serve them for a lifetime.


To achieve this, our curriculum is built around a series of enquiries or projects that grow out of the children's authentic interests. They are playful – combining the power of the children's boundless curiosity with an expertly guided investigative approach that immerses the children in the process and joys of real discovery.


Projects might last a few hours, a few days, or even a few months. At Hornsea Nursery School children have time to explore their interests, to pursue questions, create theories and extend knowledge. Project work allows children to play around with ideas in a concrete way that matches their developmental and intellectual abilities. Children come together in groups to work on projects, building collaborative problem-solving skills as they share ideas and knowledge.


Each group has a key teacher and often a Leader in Learning to support. Our teacher-to-child ratio allows for plenty of one-to-one engagement and thoughtful observation. Each member of the teaching staff has outstanding experience and advanced training, for example; HLTA, Degrees, Qualified Teacher Status, and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our practitioners spend significant time on research and development ensuring they are completely up to date and innovative.


Our approach to learning is grounded in a great respect for the child, and a dedication to research driven practice. Every decision holds us to the highest standard of creating the optimal conditions for children to learn. From the smallest details, such as ensuring a media-free centre and providing nutrient rich food to allowing children to connect with nature daily and ensuring hands-on learning, our practice is rooted in what we value as fundamental rights of children to the best education possible.

Our pedagogy is anchored on a strong understanding of child development and human potential. Some of our practice is based on familiar early childhood experiences, like digging in mud and singing songs, while other techniques are reflective of the great research tradition and brain science in our educational community, like mindfulness and thinking protocols.

By every measure, our approach looks and feels like play, but careful observation highlights the intentional integration of skills and inquiry that makes play the most fruitful opportunity for learning and growth.


At Hornsea Nursery School children are learning from interesting provocations, thoughtful questions and rich problem solving in the same way that artists, scientists, mathematicians, writers, and engineers learn in the world. As such each group takes the name of an occupation.


At the forefront of early education

We are very much at the forefront of early education. We have partnerships with Hull University, St. Johns University, York and Nord University, Norway. We are also a training location for student teachers and provide several training packages through Riding Forward Teaching School Alliance. We also regularly welcome educators from around the UK to observe and to share best practice.

We are guided by the following Principles;


Best of three worlds – Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Steiner and Montessori

  • Informed by research
  • Highly accomplished teachers
  • Parents as Partners
  • Committed to communication
  • An inviting facility
  • Community connections & outreach



As a school and a non-profit making organisation we have to always keep education at the heart of what we do. At Hornsea Nursery school this is what you can expect –


  • A head teacher whose focus is teaching & learning and improving attainment & progress

  • Qualified teachers

  • Highly qualified practitioners – the majority of our staff are level 4 or above (HLTA & degree)

  • Highly trained Language specialist who liaises with Speech & Language

  • A qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator (BA QTS National SENDCO Award)

  • High quality resources with leaning and play focus

  • Resident Artist working with the children on a weekly basis

  • Qualified Forest School Practitioners

  • Saturday ‘out & about’ family activities

  • Baby & Toddler Group

  • Musical Toddler Group

  • Highly nutritious snack

  • Story sack library

  • Fully equipped sensory room

  • An interactive Immersive Space 3d projection with sounds, smells, wind and smoke machine

  • An equipped art studio

  • High quality ‘Muddy Puddles’ outdoor clothing and wellys

Your child will take part in

  • ‘Kids in the Kitchen’

  • Forest School

  • Beach School

  • Art projects

  • Range of cultural experiences

  • Visits into school (i.e. Zulu Nation, Lab Rascals, theatre)

  • A STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts & maths)


Have access to

  • An outstanding learning environment focused on natural and ‘real’ resources and materials

  • Schematic play

  • Loose part play

  • Natural resources

  • Baking


We pride ourselves on the experiences and education we provide.


The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.


The three PRIME areas


1.Personal, Social and Emotional Development


……gives children the best opportunity for success.

They will develop a positive sense of themselves.

It is about:

  • emotional well being

  • knowing who you are and where you fit in

  • feeling good about yourself

  • respect for others

  • social competence

  • wanting to learn

  • gaining understanding of their own cultures and beliefs and those of others



    2. Physical Development


    Children learn to

  • hop or skip
  • throw and catch as they play alone or with friends
  • Running improves children’s co-ordination as well as their understanding of speed and strength.
  • Cutting and sticking helps children with designing and making models.      

  • Children will gain an understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can
  • contribute to good health.


3. Communication, Language and Literacy


This depends on learning a number of skills.


They are:


  • speaking and listening

  • being read a wide range of books

  • writing for a variety of purposes


    Learning to listen and speak comes from an awareness of:

  • body language such as facial expression

  • eye contact

  • bending the head to listen

  • hand gesture

  • taking turns

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