“ I feel happy returning to work when I know I am leaving my child at a nursery where they are happy and thriving ”


The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum for all nurseries and pre-schools registered with Ofsted.

This curriculum not only sets the educational criteria for the learning and development of babies and children up to the age of five years but also shapes the high standards of practice. Its central aim is to help young people achieve the ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes:

Being healthy

Enjoying and achieving

Making positive contributions

Staying safe

Achieving economic well-being

For more information about the supporting frameworks and legislation around what we do click here.

If you would like a Cranbrook Prospectus for more information

Ofsted (Offices for Standards in Education)

Here at Cranbrook Independent Nursery & Pre-School we aim to exceed the minimum National Standards set by Ofsted to ensure that we provide the highest quality care and education in early years.

Some quotes taken from recent OFSTED inspections:

ACORN COTTAGE: "Children are happy and eager to play in the nursery. Staff spend time getting to know the children prior to their start and during a gradual settling in period."
BUTTERCUP BARN: "Children are comfortable in their surroundings and enjoy their play. They quickly settle into play as they leave their parents."
ADVENTURERS: "Children arrive happily and demonstrate a confident understanding of the routines, such as hanging up their coats. Staff spend time getting to know the children and helping them to settle."
COSMIC CLUB: " The Cosmic Club provides a wide range of activities, resources and experiences which support children's learning across the curriculum. Staff skilfully support children's emotional development by making them feel secure and valued."
CLOVER COURT: "Staff use early information from parents to assess children's capabilities and to plan a meaningful range of experiences to promote children's next steps in learning."
IVY COTTAGE: "Children spend considerable time playing outdoors in the well- resourced natural environment. Consequently, they show good independence and a strong exploratory approach during their play."