"Research is formalised curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."   


- Zora Neale Hurston




Our children are active participants in their learning whilst at nursery, not passive passengers on a pre-prepared curriculum.  As adults we won’t dictate what they learn. Instead we’ll provide them opportunities to develop their skills in how to learn. 

"Children are not empty vessels to be filled with knowledge… they are active builders of knowledge – little scientists who construct their own theories of the world."

- Jean Piaget

As far as we’re concerned, Piaget couldn’t have put it any better.  We don’t underestimate the pivotal role that nursery plays in your child’s development and their subsequent approach to learning. We want to create environments and opportunities that develop the skill of how to learn, not what to learn. 


We want to empower children to have the freedom and confidence to control their own investigations and curiosities.  We trust our children with the freedom to explore and investigate, thereby playing a key role in the direction of their learning.  This shared journey of exploring and problem solving with their peers, is one we celebrate, nurture and document throughout their time at nursery).  


We’ve countless examples of how we have facilitated and documented this enquiry-based learning.  Much of it comes in the form of a project style approach which is always sparked and instigated by the curiosity of a child.  For example, a child found a burrow at their home which lead us to develop our very own taxidermy museum (real taxidermy from Wollaton Hall) This experience soon inspired a recycling project to “Keep the animals safe.”  As practitioners we have no idea where learning will lead us, we listen intently and provide rich opportunities for children to extend their own curiosities and learning.  We believe the transferable skills of How to investigate, how to problem solve and how to work together as essential in not only the next chapter of a child’s learning but also throughout their life.  

"All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge.  The fun is finding the connections."

- Arthur Aufderheide