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Early Years Get A Head Start with ADO

Choosing a Preschool Nursery is never an easy job for parents-carers, with so many options and factors in the mix before you even start to narrow down the alternatives. Here at ADO, our job is to prepare the early years children for reception and primary school and to give them the best possible start before embarking on their new school learning 'career'. The transition period for those children can be a real test of character and the better they are prepared, the easier they will fit into their new school. With the school year closing soon and the children at the Mini-Explorers looking forward to their leaving ceremony, it will be sad for the staff to say their goodbyes to those children they have been so close to during this school year. Although there will be probably not be a dry eye when their Teddy Bear's picnic and leaving ceremoney ends, the staff know that the children will be well prepared for the next exciting chapter in their life.

Case Study

A number of our children have already made this transition in previous years and many have ended up going to Hope Community School, Sidcup, part of the New Generation Schools Trust group of free schools. Hope was the first free school to open in the London Borough of Bexley in 2013. Their Phase Leader was quick to respond when we asked for feedback on how our children had fared since joining;

"A number of children transferred from ADO to our school in September 2017 and we were surprised and delighted with the ease of their transition. We anticipated that this group of children would display higher levels of Physical Development and Communication than those coming from more structured pre-school settings. However, it soon became clear that these children were well established across many more areas of the EYFS Curriculum than we first thought.

The group of children that came to us were working at or above expected in the area of Phonics and also with their mark making skills. Both ADO and our setting use the same phonics programme and this was apparent in the children’s readiness to engage in the phonics sessions and their recognition of the letters and sounds.

The children were eager and ready to learn from the outset and had no trouble separating from their carers, demonstrating emotional resilience and maturity. Our learning environment reflects the style and ethos of the forest school environment encouraging ‘free flow’ and child-initiated learning. The children were therefore comfortable to make their own choices and were able to show confidence in communicating with adults in the environment about their choices and their individual needs."


We have very limited spaces for the new school year starting in September 2018, so please call the office on 020 8850 6778 for any enquiries. Their is a waiting list for those parents looking for childcare either next school year or for those whose children are not old enough to join quite yet. Again, ring the office and arrange for them to be added to the waiting list.

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