& Forest School

excellence in childcare

We are committed to child development and we’ve drawn inspiration from the Italian 'Reggio Emilia' approach as well as the Scandinavian 'Forest Schools.' We’ve travelled and studied in both Italy and Sweden to explore how these world renowned approaches can challenge what we offer and develop Pumpkin Patch's outstanding practice. 

Anita O’Hara BA Hons

Owner Pumpkin Patch Nurseries

Anita is also the Nursery
Manager at our Brighton

Pumpkin Patch which was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.

Pumpkin Patch Nurseries




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Our values and principles

To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment

To work together with parents and the community to enhance

the development and the education of all children

To work within a framework which ensures equality of

opportunity for all children

To work together with parents, children, nursery SENCO and outside agencies to ensure that any special educational needs

are met within the framework of the nursery

To recognise the diversity of families and endeavour to meet

their individual needs, within the constraints of the nursery setting.

We will achieve this by offering

A specially tailored curriculum designed to meet the approved early years foundation curriculum learning goals as set out in the DFES Guidance for the Years Foundation Stage.

An environment and experiences which follow the principles of the
Early Years Foundation stage curriculum

Individual care and attention made possible by a high ratio
of adults to children.

Fun and friendship with children and other adults.

The support of a personal key worker.

Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the
activities offered in the group and in your own child’s progress.

A nursery environment that meets if not exceeds the standards
set out in the statutory  framework for Full Day Care.

Ongoing evaluation and monitoring of equality of opportunity for all
by the nurseries Equal Opportunities Officer.

Regular evaluation and improvement upon our current  practices by taking part in quality assurance programmes such as QUILT or EMAS

where everything is possible

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