Rotherly, The Westgate's Day Nursery is an all year round (51 weeks per year, 8 am - 6 pm), day care setting and is registered to care for 55 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years.
Rotherly Day Nursery Opening hours; 08:00am to 6:00pm Monday - Friday
The Early Years Foundation Stage provision at Rotherly, The Westgate's Day Nursery
We are a purpose built nursery within The Westgate 4 -16 School campus and situated close to Winchester City centre. Our highly qualified, established team is supported by our Early Years Teacher (Lead Early Years Foundation Stage practitioner for Hampshire Local Education Authority). Our children have access to the schools' superb facilities and we provide a reassuring highly effective transition to Year R within The Westgate's Lower School and to other feeder schools where we have developed close links.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Rotherly,The Westgate's Day Nursery we aim to develop and nurture the Characteristics of Effective Learning in all our children. These characteristics are: playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically and together they enable children to become happy and effective learners. We use a process of observation, assessment and planning to identify the learning and developmental needs of each child and we use this information together with children’s interests to plan their learning opportunities. Miss Lucy Collins is Westgate's Early Years Foundation Stage Leader and oversees Early Years provision in both our Lower School and the Nursery ensuring continuity for all our pupils. Lucy is a very experienced Early Years teacher who is also a Lead Practitioner in the Early Years for Hampshire. Colleagues work together to develop teaching, learning and the environment and ensure the highest quality provision and the best possible start for Rotherly nursery pupils, in readiness for Year R - whether that be in our own Lower School at The Westgate, or other primary settings in the area. Lucy teaches in the Nursery weekly spending time with each age group.
Our aims, vision and values...
A nurturing, safe and caring environment where the happiness and well-being of each child is paramount.
A high quality, fun play based curriculum which builds on children's needs and interests.
Fostering close partnerships through effective communication with families to ensure the best outcome for each child.
To learn and grow both indoors and outdoors within family groupings in an adaptable environment, to inspire a love of learning that facilities well rounded development.
We first opened our doors in September 1991. We shared our home, Rotherly House, with the boarders of The Westgate School. Rotherly House was originally built in the early 1900s. And we enjoyed the surroundings for 22 years. Rotherly Day Nursery started life with just 15 children a day. As time passed by the need for childcare grew. So, with the addition of Rotherly Cottage to the nursery environment, so did we! We have seen many families grow with us and we are now seeing some of those children from days of the past bring their children to Rotherly to continue their journey with us too! Exciting times came with our purpose built nursery, to which we moved to in October 2013. Rotherly House has also been on its own journey and is now incorporated in Westgate Lower School. The nursery children are able to enjoy all of the facilities across Westgate’s All Through Site including Rotherly where we first began.