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Hermitage is our exceptional nursery school in Whitwick where children spend their days developing a real love of learning.

What makes us special

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A home from home

Our home from home environment uses natural resources with relaxing cosy spaces, for the children to feel safe and secure whilst learning in a fun and relaxing environment.

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Inspired by nature

Older children will spend dedicated time in our Forest School, connecting them with nature through a variety of outdoor experiences.

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Family style mealtimes

Children eat healthy meals together in a warm and inviting central space.

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We’ve taken inspiration from the pioneers of early learning and teach the Early Years Foundation Stage framework alongside Forest School and our own SM approach to curriculum.

Our tailored spaces and hybrid approach to education allow children to reach their full potential at their own pace and in their own time.

There’s plenty of time for exploring beyond the nursery too with visits in our minibus or pushchairs to our local park and the wider community.

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Mealtimes at Hermitage are a time for children to refuel, be sociable and learn about nutrition.

Healthy snacks and delicious fresh food are cooked every day by our onsite chef using local and seasonal produce when we can.  Children experience new flavours and look forward to favourite dishes while older children help in our kitchen.

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Hello and welcome to Hermitage, our wonderful nursery in Whitwick.  

Every day at Hermitage we encourage children to be inquisitive and imaginative in our inspiring learning environment and magical Forest School sessions. In doing so, they soon develop a real love of learning and a curious mind. We’re really proud of our close collaborative work with parents, carers, health visitors, area SENCo and speech and language therapists, making sure children’s individual needs are met and that their transition to school is a smooth and happy one.

Our experienced educators come with a wealth of early years learning insight. We know that every child is different with their own story to tell, so we make sure that your child learns in a way and at a pace that’s right for them.

We’d love you to see our exceptional learning environment for yourself, so please do come and say hello. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

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Catherine Higgs
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Our wonderful nursery environment offers outstanding care and learning for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

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Babies

Babies at Hermitage explore opportunities for sensory discovery and gentle play that deepen their awareness of the world around them. Our team will help your baby learn and develop new skills too, from walking to talking. We also have our very own garden for this age group where they can enjoy outdoor play without the hustle and bustle of our older children.

As they grow, we introduce a routine with free play sessions, snack time and stimulating activities to ignite their imaginations. Independent feeding is encouraged during mealtimes and when tiredness takes over, they can recharge in our sleep area.

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Toddlers

As their story begins to take shape, growing toddlers are given the time and space to be more independent, discover and learn. Children make friends, learn to play alongside each other and become more aware of the world around them. Our experienced educators encourage language development too, starting with simple sounds and building to sentences.

Toddlers enjoy activities across all areas of learning including mathematics, role play, technology and arts and crafts. Free play and adult-led sessions are introduced, offering more targeted support to meet their next steps in learning. Social skills and peer relationships are enhanced through group activities, and we’ll also help your child with toilet training, giving them lots of support and encouragement along the way.

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Pre-school

As our pre-schoolers grow in confidence and ability, we prepare children for the learning journey ahead with a focus on phonics, numbers and social skills. They’ll also enjoy magical Forest School sessions and free play within a more structured environment. We encourage them to make their own choices, self-select at mealtimes and get involved in the day’s planning too.

Children spend their final years at Hermitage getting ready for primary school. By this time, they have made firm friendships and have experienced the learning environment in full throughout the year. They leave us as independent, curious and confident learners, ready for the next chapter of their own story.

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Out Of School Clubs

We know that balancing all your commitments can be a challenge. Our Breakfast (from 7:30 am) and After School Club (until 6:00 pm) are here to make the daily juggle easier.
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Amidst all that learning, there’s plenty of time for play with games, creative activities and outdoor fun.

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If children prefer some time away from the hustle and bustle, our quiet area is equipped with reading books and spaces to complete homework.

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Whether it’s breakfast to start the day or a hearty meal after school, all of our nutritious food is freshly prepared daily.

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