Setting Tour

Our video setting tours will give you a flavour of our setting but we always encourage parents to come and visit the setting where possible to get a feel for it when it is open. If you would like to book a tour, please use the site form to contact us.

Our Learning Environment

At Old Basing Village Nursery School, the learning environment is tailored to the children’s current and emerging needs. There are two spacious rooms for the children to play and two garden areas with an additional ‘playground’ area where children can ride bikes and scooters. 

The environment is very carefully orchestrated to ensure that children are stimulated in all areas of the Early Year’s Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Prime Areas:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas:



Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Curriculum Design and Ethos

Children learn through continuous provision at Old Basing Village Nursery School; where possible, children play freely by accessing all areas of the environment at their own place and with limited restrictions. We believe that all learning should be meaningful, purposeful and related to children’s development at whichever stage their are at. Children’s learning and development is at the forefront of our minds at all points in the day and we believe that every experience is a learning and development opportunity.

Play is facilitated by practitioners who spend time evaluating the impact of the resources in the setting and the layout of the furniture to always ensure the very best possible environment for play. We place very high expectations on our team to be developing the setting continually to ensure the very best outcomes for children.

Children will experience some adult-led sessions throughout their week at nursery school. Some sessions are led by external providers and other activities by our team (some of which may have a particular focus such as running a speech and language group). Where possible, we plan these activities so that they engage all children. If a child does not wish to participate in an activity, we will spend time with them to establish reasons to not join in and support them to access the activities at their own pace.

We embrace opportunities to work in partnership with other carers, settings and the local community and seek broad and rich opportunities and experiences for the children in addition to their nursery day.

Owlets Room Tour (April 2020)

Owlets Room

Our Owlets room caters for children ages 1 to 2 years old. Owlets are our youngest children. The environment in the Owlets room and garden has been tailored to meet the needs of all of the children in this phase with the prime areas at the forefront. It is during their time as Owlets that our little ones establish positive relationships with other children and their key workers, learn about the routines of the nursery day and explore the environment with increasing independence. At times, Owlets will also explore the Little Owl Room with support of their key workers.

The Owlets room is open from 9 am until midday each day. Our Owlets room has direct access to our smaller garden. Children explore our larger nursery garden in small groups with their key workers and will also take trips to the local conservation and recreation group where appropriate.

Our Owlets Room is zoned into the following areas:

  • Small World and Awe and Wonder

  • Cosy Corner

  • Role Play

  • Message Station and Creative

  • Playdough

  • Snack

Children are encouraged to be as independent as possible in their use of the environment and when accessing resources. Key workers use observation to determine the appropriate levels of independence for, for example, self-serve snack. 


Little Owls Room Tour (April 2020)

Little Owls Room Tour

When children begin to approach 2 years 6 months, we will start to consider transition from the Owlets Room to our Little Owls Room. Transition takes the form of regular stay and play sessions within the Little Owls Room (for new starters and Owlets) as well as the opportunity to join the older children for story time before lunchtime. We take transition on an individual basis - with some children being ready to move sooner and others needing a little more time before moving up. Regardless of when children transition formally, we plan plenty of opportunities for all children to mix together throughout their nursery week.

Our Little Owls Room has the following areas:

  • Message Station and Creative 

  • Small World and Awe and Wonder

  • Cosy Corner

  • Role Play

  • Snack 

  • Playdough 

  • Physical

The areas are set up in the same position each day so that children know and understand where everything is. Shelving is carefully laid out with equipment and resources that are visible and easy to access. We encourage children to transport items between areas when immersed in play and encourage children to return items to where they belong when they have finished playing with them.

Areas are zoned to prevent children from walking between carpet areas; this means that children can build and organise resources without fear of them being knocked over.  Art equipment, playdough and snack are self-serve. Our practitioners spend time with little ones supporting them to pour out and measure qualities and to clean up after themselves.  

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