The Tiny Wanderers


The under 2’s unit enables the children to access free flow play, at Wells House, we believe that our children must be given the opportunity to learn from first-hand experience by interacting with a rich variety of materials and socialising within their peer group.

Each area is designed to ensure that each individual child has the benefit of spending their day in a stimulating and safe environment.

Staff plan for each individual child through regular observations and provide a next step for your child to work towards.

The Art room allows our tiny wanders to experience a wide variety of messy situations, from full body painting to their first playdough experience. Getting creative with paint and glue is encouraged and early mark making skills will start to develop with carefully planned activities. The children make good use of the outdoor garden space; this is an extension to the learning environment and is used every day regardless of the weather, they enjoy experiences such as splashing in muddy puddles, building sandcastles and finding mini beasts – all activities that drive investigation and problem-solving skills.

Mealtimes are a social event and miniature tables and chairs provide the next step from highchairs. The tables have tablecloths with a plant or flowers in the centre, manners, taking turns and conversation is encouraged and nurtured at this lovely time of the day, your child will be encouraged to feed themselves while being carefully supervised and supported.

The Tiny wanderers Rooms are bright and well equipped with a wide variety of exciting toys and natural resources for them to explore. There is a simple ‘home corner’ area for acting out experiences they have seen and building on imagination skills. A construction and small world area to help develop fine motor skills and an understanding of the world around them.

We have a calm cosy book area where our wanderers can read books with practitioners or take some time to relax during their busy day. And finally, lots of open plan space for the wanderers to transport toys and negotiate, practicing all their gross motor movements with a climbing facility to keep them challenged.

Parents to provide

  • Babies made up bottles - we will name these and place them in the baby unit fridge.
  • Jars or dry mix weaning foods - nursery will provide food once your child is weaned
  • Two changes of clothes (named) to be kept at nursery.
  • Packs of disposable nappies and thick baby wipes.
  • Nappy cream if applicable.
  • Sun cream and sun hat.

Here are some of the comments Ofsted made about Wells House Kindergarten in their latest report

  • The experienced and long standing management team are committed and passionate. They have high aspirations for the quality of the nursery. The management team regularly create clear targets to help them improve further.

  • Since the last inspection, they have forged links with local primary schools and nurseries and together they share good practice.

  • The environment is highly stimulating. Each area is carefully planned to capture children’s interests and to support their development. For example, older children benefit from a vast range of activities and interesting resources aimed specifically at supporting their literacy skills.

  • A wealth of information is exchanged between staff and parent’s. Staff offer well targeted support for parent’s to extend children’s learning at home. For example, parents are offered activities and professional advice, such as tips on promoting children’s speech. This contributes to the good progress that children make.

  • Staff provide a consistent approach to promoting children’s positive behaviour. For instance, staff working with very young children use picture cards to communicate positive messages, such as kind hands. Older children help to create the rules which are displayed in their room. All children’s behaviour is good in relation to their age.

  • Staff have a good understanding of safeguarding procedures. This is underpinned by effective policies. Consequently, children's safety and well-being is supported

  •   The management team demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting high-quality childcare  

  •   Regular training opportunities undertaken by staff ensure qualification levels are high and they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide quality care and learning. This has had a positive impact on the learning experiences offered to children, particularly babies