Chelwood Nursery School – Today

Chelwood Nursery School is a Maintained Nursery School, funded by the Government, through Lewisham Council. Chelwood provides children aged 3 and 4 year olds with a play based Early Years education.

Children can start Chelwood the term after their 3rd birthday, and will enter one of our three classes. This class will be their ‘home’ class for the whole time the child attends Chelwood, giving them a secure sense of belonging, a stable friendship group and familiar adults, including their named ‘key person’.

Early Years Free Entitlement

Chelwood offers the Government’s 15 hours Early Years Free Entitlement, over five days, in blocks of three hour sessions; either five mornings or five afternoons each week for 38 weeks of the year.

The school follows Lewisham’s school term dates, with summer, Christmas and Easter holidays and half term breaks.

Qualified Workforce

Each class is staffed by a class team of four qualified Early Years educators, led by Qualified Teacher with an Early Years specialism. The children’s learning environment is carefully planned by the class team to provide a wide range of learning experiences for the children both inside the classroom and outside.

Outdoor play

Out door play is an essential part of the learning experience children have here at Chelwood and we are committed to providing high quality outdoor learning all year round. Children have direct access to the outdoor area from their classes and are encouraged to use the whole school as their learning environment, visiting the other classes and making their own decisions about where they play.
The activities and learning experiences are carefully planned by the class teams who through their knowledge of the children and families personalise activities to follow and support the children’s individual interests and learning styles.

Chelwood has adopted the Swedish saying; “there is no such thing as bad weather…. Just bad clothing”