King’s Castle is situated in the Tuckton area of Bournemouth and so is ideal for children coming from Littledown, Southbourne, Christchurch, Boscombe and surrounding areas.
The school consists of a large converted house and a purpose-built nursery ensuring that the children have plenty of space and allowing us to offer different classroom areas for different age groups. The nursery is well-maintained with bright, spacious and fresh rooms! There is a car-park for drop-off and collection.
Our playground and indoor areas have been designed to offer different zones for learning through play. Our facilities are very flexible so that we provide new and fresh activities on a regular basis to reflect the seasons, local and world events and the children’s interests.
Our day includes a carefully planned mix of adult-led activities, child-initiated activities and free-flow sessions. This ensures that children can enjoy all areas of the nursery and playground and also have the freedom to choose their own activities.
The nursery has 3 distinct areas each named after a Dorset Castle: Highcliffe, Christchurch and Lulworth. Highcliffe is for babies aged approximately 3-18 months, Christchurch is for toddlers aged approximately 1½ to 2½ years and Lulworth is for children aged approximately 2½ to 5 years. Please note that each child is assessed individually before moving to the next area and the ages above are only a general guideline. Some children may move earlier and some may move later. Many ‘room moves’ also take place during the summer when our older children leave for primary school. Children who are almost ready to “move up” will be gently introduced to the ‘next room’ and will have some weeks when they spend some sessions in their current room and have some introductory sessions in the next room. For some activities, we may mix children of different rooms and different ages. For example, some of our older children love reading to the younger children and many of our younger children enjoy spending time with the ‘big children.’
Highcliffe Baby Unit (ages approximately 3 to 18 months)
Our baby unit has been specially designed for our youngest children to give a feeling of warmth and security combined with a selection of carefully chosen toys and activities. In addition to the main baby room, the baby unit also offers a calm sleep room.
Christchurch Toddler Room (ages approximately 1½ – 2½ years)
This is a warm, inviting space with 2 main classroom areas, a separate sleep room and a separate nappy changing area. The main classroom is divided into several activity areas including a cosy book corner, cookery corner and an art area. There is plenty of space for music and movement. Montessori activities are gradually introduced while the children are in Christchurch helping them develop their concentration and cognitive skills.
Lulworth Montessori pre-school (ages approximately 2½ – 5 years*)
By this age, our children are following the full Montessori curriculum and we offer separate classrooms or learning areas for the main areas of the Montessori Curriculum:
- Practical Life room
- Sensorial room
- Language and literacy area
- Mathematics area
- Cultural room
In all areas of the nursery, the activities available are changed periodically to provide fresh experiences and challenges for the children.
The nursery garden
We encourage our children to spend as much time as possible outside in the fresh air and we foster a love of outdoor exploration and fun. Our fully-enclosed garden gives children plenty of space to run around as well as offering educational activities. There is a covered area to allow outside play in the winter too.
King’s Castle garden features:
- Our famous “Kings Castle” – perfect for climbing and role-play.
- Wooden playhouse – perfect for story-telling and chatting to friends
- Covered outside classroom – for structured learning activities
- Weaving poles – great for coordination and agility
- A large digging pit – great for getting mucky and bug-hunts
- Planting area – great for budding gardeners
- Bug hotel and lots of outdoor games including balls, hoops, balance beam, etc.
Typical outdoor activities can include:
- Water play
- Outdoor arts and crafts
- Jumping and balancing challenges
- Bugs and mud
- Balls and bouncing
- Sand table
- Garden games
- Outdoor theatre
- Chalk wall
- Outdoor snacks
- Weather station
Our playground and outdoor activities change with the seasons and with current topics and events to ensure a world of discovery and exploration.