We are a long-established Nursery School tucked away in the heart of Headington, offering a loving start to the joy of learning for 2 ½ to 5 year olds. The Hunsdon House family ethos is rooted in its history, as it started in the 1920s in a family home. To this day the nursery offers each child a nurturing haven of love and guidance as they navigate the world of friendships, nature and creation. We limit our numbers each day to a maximum of about 25 children and employ 6 caring, qualified and experienced staff with passion for seeing each child develop their full God-given potential. We are a nursery upholding traditional Christian values, and welcome children and families of all faiths or none.

JOYFUL

Our children experience a true kindergarten with the opportunity to play in our spacious wooded gardens

CoLOURFUL

We surround our children with light and colour at every opportunity. Many of our toys and educational materials  are made of wood.

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NATURAL

Our children are encouraged in their innate love of and respect for the natural world.

Hunsdon House Christmas Market - Thursday 1st December

from 9am until 12noon and onwards

Beautiful handmade crafts for sale. Come along and find perfect gifts for your loved ones. All proceeds will go towards our nursery.

Our garden is a wonderful resource

 

Children have a deep need to be connected to the natural environment. When playing freely outdoors they most often form into little 'family' groups and engage in den making, hiding and 'food' gathering/preparation activities in the forest. They show a deep curiosity and fascination with the beautiful colours of the changing leaves and the many flowers and insects in the garden.


 

Children learn most naturally through...

 

..... observation and imitation leading to role play. They love to recreate or join in life experiences that let them feel they are engaging in something real, and will instinctively choose to further their own learning in a hands-on practical way.

 
We bake bread every Friday.

We bake bread every Friday.

Learning how to work with wood from a visiting instrument maker

Learning how to work with wood from a visiting instrument maker

A local farmer has supplied a whole sheep's fleece which we use as a teaching resource to show the children how to wash, dye and weave with wool on little looms made from willow branches

A local farmer has supplied a whole sheep's fleece which we use as a teaching resource to show the children how to wash, dye and weave with wool on little looms made from willow branches

The children love to water their vegetables

The children love to water their vegetables

Learning how to prepare apple rings for a recipe

Learning how to prepare apple rings for a recipe

Children experience the world...

 

..... primarily through their senses before they begin to use rational thought. The quality of these experiences is crucial to brain development and refinement. 

 
This boy is teaching himself about size and shape through use of this self correcting Montessori set of graduated cylinder blocks.

This boy is teaching himself about size and shape through use of this self correcting Montessori set of graduated cylinder blocks.

The children start to develop their imaginations...

 

...... between the age of 2 and 3; and they are soon deeply immersed in their own creative role-play worlds, through which they integrate their understanding of the events of their everyday lives. They often choose to create their own props or use very simple objects brought alive by imagination, rather than use detailed mini replica toys which leave less room for creativity..

 
Feeding the dragon!

Feeding the dragon!

These two close friends have set up home together and are preparing a meal.

These two close friends have set up home together and are preparing a meal.

These children are recreating a lively church service, with one singing 'Hallelujah!' and the other playing the organ.

These children are recreating a lively church service, with one singing 'Hallelujah!' and the other playing the organ.

This little girl is creating a story about a beautiful butterfly. She demonstrates how gently the butterfly is touching a flower.

This little girl is creating a story about a beautiful butterfly. She demonstrates how gently the butterfly is touching a flower.

These girls have made a train out of hoops and are offering passengers a ride into the forest.

We encourage the children to be gentle....

 

 ....and show care and respect for others. In this nurturing atmosphere, close friendships develop and flourish, regardless of differences in colour or language which to a small child is irrelevant.

Hunsdon House “Golden Rules"

We want to be caring, helpful and gentle

We speak kindly and listen

We walk indoors, outdoors we can run and skip

We do not harm other children

We care for all our wonderful toys and equipment

 

 

Friendships start from playing alongside others and gradually noticing what they are doing....and wanting to do the same...

...sharing an activity together or making each other laugh...       

...and then learning to cooperate and help each other...

...eventually a close bond develops, where children care about and comfort each other and show spontaneous affection.

"I shelter my friend from the rain"

Through sharing fun and laughter together, this little German girl (who had become fluent in English here) helped teach her younger Polish friend the words.