Information: Indoor Provision
Our indoor play/education area is an exciting, fun environment for our children. We have a wealth of fantastic learning resources to make your child’s learning experience at Abacus something to remember.
Below you will find a brief overview of each indoor area at Abacus, giving you an insight into what we provide.
The environment is set up so the children can have access to all the resources continuously throughout the majority of the day. The children can choose what to play with and they are encouraged to tidy up resources before accessing more if necessary.
The environment is set up in a way which children love accessing all the areas and creating their own learning environments and imaginary situations such as caravans, aeroplanes etc.
As well as the areas mentioned we have a Malleable area, sand and water area, puppet area, dolls house, builders area, play dough table, maths area and a Space Rocket!!
This is a cosy little den where our children can hide away and have an adventure with their imagination. Our children have lots of books, teddies, small world animals and pictures to help and develop their imagination further as well as develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Our home corner is made up of two sections. The first section being the kitchen where the children can sit at the table pretending to have breakfast or tea, or they have a cooker and fridge area where they can use the resources and equipment to pretend to cook, clean or wash up. We also have a washing line and ironing board so our children have the opportunity to imitate washing, drying and ironing the babies clothes or dressing up clothes.
The second section we have is a bedroom made up a cot with dolls and blankets, a bed for the children, dressing up unit and chest, so the children can develop their imagination further dressing up as various different characters. We have a self care basket in the bedroom to, to teach the children about taking care of themselves and health and hygiene routines. The children also have access to a selection of dolls clothes so they can dress and undress them as and when they want to.
We have an additional role play table which the children sometimes combine with the home corner and sometimes play with it independently. We have a large selection of role play resources so the children can use their imagination to act out a range of situations a few to mention are Doctors, Dentists, Hairdressers, Party, Post Office, Vets, Travel agents and shop.
This is a small cosy area with a large variety of instruments for our children to explore and investigate, making lots of different noises. Our children also have access to the CD player where they enjoy choosing their favourite songs and CD’s to sing and dance along to, as well as the radio.
Mark Making Area / Office
Our children have access to a range of mark making materials as well as the other resources that you would find in an office such as the hole punch, Scissors (Child safety), sellotape and much more. The children can access the resources on the mark making table and in the drawers freely, and they can also transport these round the room and use in the different areas to mark make too.
This is a larger cosy area where a bigger group of children can snuggle in and enjoy the large variety of books including fiction, non fiction, magazines, catalogues and much more. Our children enjoy playing with the puppets, teddies and story sacks in this area too re-enacting all the stories.
The children enjoy accessing all the creative materials and resources freely, whether its chalking / painting on the art easel, or cutting, sticking and collaging on the art table, there are plenty of opportunities for their creativity to run wild.
Computer/Smartboard and ICT Area
The children have access to a laptop computer with a range of games on including Dora, simple city, numeracy and literacy games and stories. Children of all ages can also use our interactive smart board, they can touch the screen to complete games, read stories or to mark make using the interactive pens. The children also like to help upload their pictures from their Kiddie camera to the computer ready for printing and revisit the pictures regularly talking about their friends past and present.
“Ella loves attending abacus nursery. During a period of great change in Ella life nursery has provided supportive and loving care to Ella. She has had a brilliant time and she will miss you all. The care you provide is fun and loving. Ella has made friends and settled in amazingly well and this is down to all the aunties who greet Ella like she is a member of their family, so thank you very much for taking such good care of our little girl.”
“We were so pleased when we found out the abacus would take children from 1 years plus. We were undecided about which nursery to choose for Nat but we knew we wanted a smaller, friendly environment as we felt a lot of our nurseries were too large and lacked the personal care and support we wanted for our child. Nat started in September 2015 and we have been absolutely thrilled with abacus. Nat was the first “baby” to start and I felt everyone at abacus really went out of their way to ensure everything was spot on for the change. Nat settled in quickly and even now it is rare we have any upset when dropping off in the morning, this is definitely down to the wonderful job all the aunties do. Everyone is so friendly and caring yet at the same time professional. I have not once worried about how Nat is being cared for whilst at abacus as I am certain he is very well looked after at all times. As a mum that is the main concern to know Nat is consistently happy and having fun whilst receiving a high standard of care. I would recommend abacus to anyone! Thank you so much.”
“From the first day we came to visit we knew this was a special place, gabby settled in immediately and the only tears came when it was time to go home. All the members of staff are friendly, caring and very professional. They are always smartly dressed and willing to discuss and listen to any concerns (not that we have needed to but know they are very approachable). They keep us informed of any incidents that have happened e.g minor bumps and falls and we are asked to sign accident sheets. They are always interested in anything gabby is taking part in outside nursery. Gabby has ALWAYS been happy to come to abacus and her face lights up when she see the toys in the new outdoor play area (she loves it). She has made many friends and often talks about them. Abacus is our extended family and we are looking forward to gabby spending another 12 months there before she starts the next journey of her life (primary school). Thank you all very much we do not know where we would be without you.”
“Gabriel started at abacus when he was 2yrs 3 months and he has developed so much since then, he has become such a confident, considerate, happy little boy and is definitely ready to start school now in September, we couldn’t recommend abacus enough and were very happy when they decided to take on 1 year olds last September as it meant Gabriel’s brother could join him.”
“Finlay has had the best time at abacus preschool. His confidence and personality have grown massively. All staff at abacus are lovely and very caring towards the children which is what they need when they are always from home. All 3 of my boys have attended abacus and I have never had any issues, they have all been so happy. ”
“Since moving the boys to abacus nursery both myself and Yasmin have seen a dramatic increase in the boys development. Most of this has to be down to the fabulous staff and environment at abacus. Having less children in the nursery as a whole has meant the boys have received more one to one care. I also think that having lower numbers has helped the boys make friends and build stronger relationships. Ben and Charlie enjoy nursery. They enjoy painting and writing their names in the morning. I also believe that the trips to the local school have helped with the boys transition to school. All in all Abacus is a fantastic nursery. We cannot possibly thank all the auntys enough for all they have done for the twins. ”
“As soon as I stepped into Abacus I knew it would be the nursery for my children. Zainab is the eldest of my two children to attend Abacus and she absolutely loves her time spent there. The aunties are all so warm and caring it gives the nursery a ‘home away from home’ feeling. Zainab is always talking about the auntys and the things she has learnt at nursery. I am particularly pleased with the fact that she gets to do activities of her choice e.g role playing princesses. Her writing skills have improved significantly and she has an interest in wanting to learn. Zainab has really turned into a happy, confident, loving little girl and Abacus has definitely contributed to this.”
“Jessica is the last of my four children to attend Abacus. They have all loved it and enjoyed their time here. The auntys have been fantastic and I have found them to be particularly caring and loving. I am sorry to see Jessica leave in September, she and I will miss the auntys.”
“What a fantastic nursery abacus is, Ella has loved her time here and will be sad to leave for big school. The staff at Abacus are friendly, caring and supportive and it shows. Ella has settled in quick and has made lots of friends. Ellas speech and writing have improved so much since attending abacus. The auntys do an amazing job and we will be sad not to see them everyday. Ella’s brother Joseph will definitely be attending Abacus in the future. ”
“Antonio joined abacus just under a year ago. He used to fret when we first dropped him off, I remember aunty Karen saying to me “give him a couple of weeks and he will be skipping up the drive.” She was absolutely right! Antonio has developed great social skills since he joined. He is very fond of the auntys and has made lots of friends at nursery. We have been very happy with his progress and are very fond of the staff. ”
“I really cannot say enough about Abacus the staff are amazing and so helpful. Paige took a while to settle in and the auntys where really caring and helped her all the way. Paige has really changed and has settled in so much. She has blossomed and has come along so much the past few months I cant thank you enough for your support and help.”
Abacus Pre-school Nursery
190 Greenmount Lane
Telephone: 01204 849193