St George’s Grove is our second nursery, built in early 2016. It has been rated OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS by Ofsted in 2018 and is one of the most coveted nurseries in Wandsworth.
Four years after The Lodge being in operation, we realised the need to open a new setting locally to accommodate the families on our waiting list. Our reputation as a high quality family focussed childcare provider had grown to such an extent that we were being approached by various local authorities including the Council and NHS to create a new setting within Earlsfield.
After an extensive search for suitable sites we were delighted to find The Grove, a purpose built site on the edge of Earlsfield and Tooting. This was the perfect opportunity for us to use our years of experience to create a tailor made nursery setting, fulfilling all of our aspirations and inspirations for the perfect Early Years setting. Using a team of architects, all the senior staff at Magdalen Nursery came together to lay down a blueprint for our new nursery. We embraced the huge size of the site and created a plan which incorporated an open plan design, whilst still maintaining our small group sizes.
The nursery has to be seen to be believed. It is designed 100% with a child’s perspective, encompassing contemporary design with state of the art childcare. The nursery is decorated with lots of raw materials, such as concrete, steel and wood, replete with textures and colours to stimulate children's senses through out the day. Children have free access to three wonderful gardens which all represent the seven areas of learning. Whilst the setting is at first glance “open plan”, it is separated by different age groups who all stay together through their day. One of the key qualities we wanted to maintain was our small groups. We believe that children learn and develop much better in a more focussed and attentive smaller group, as a result children are placed in "classes" of 6 to 8 children with 2 carers or teachers. There are separate areas for Art, Numeracy and Literature - our library is a particular haven for all age groups! We wanted to create a nursery unlike any other, and this can be seen across the setting. We have sunken sand pits for the children to play in, a dedicated "Construction Room" in which a lego wall is the centre piece. In fact, we have even gone so far as to to create a Disco Room, which comes complete with disco lights, mirror balls and a sound system! This room is used mainly for Dance, Drama and Music, led by our music teacher Suzy. The Grove even has a purpose built, fully functioning Cookery School in which our children have cooking classes with our Nursery Chef.
Much like the Lodge, all food is freshly prepared on site by our wonderful chef, Maria. She makes great use of our fully fitted commercial kitchen, producing delicious home cooked food and snacks. We follow the same seasonal rotating menu as the Lodge, ensuring our children are receiving a balanced nutritious diet.