Bridlington Nursery School

“Where children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”

Welcome to

Bridlington Nursery School

“Where children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”


Children are strong, capable and resilient researchers.

Although our practice is primarily influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning, we believe our children are best served by drawing perspective and insight from many different disciplines, philosophers and pedagogy.

We stay abreast of the research into early childhood, regularly assess and examine our processes and practice in the light of new ideas, and seek to integrate the best elements of each.  


Our philosophy and practice is thus informed by that of Reggio EmiliaRudolf Steiner, and  Maria Montessori, as well as our own observations and interactions.


In our philosophy, children are neither vessels to be filled nor people whose time must be occupied; they are strong, capable, and resilient researchers, exploring themselves and their environment.


Children have the ability, dexterity, and passion to devour knowledge, requiring only the freedom to explore and experiment. We are nurturers and caregivers, providing a safe environment for this exploration to take place, but we are also collaborators and co-researchers.


We recognise that children are competent individuals, each of whom we seek to know and respect. We gain insight into both the characteristics and the interests of each child through collaborating with parents, listening to the child, and observing their actions and interactions.

Based on these discoveries we build environments and opportunities for them to safely explore and develop their thoughts and understandings and to express these in any of the hundred languages for children, which include drawing, sculpture, dramatic play, movement and music.


It is vital that children feel they have ownership over their own space and learning so they feel confident and comfortable. We facilitate this by planning routines, activities, and projects around children’s own sense of time and rhythm rather than the clock. We provide beautiful and well thought out environments, which the children become directly involved in creating and caring for.


Our Schools is an important, decisive place where parents, educators, children, and the environment support all those involved to be themselves: original, individual, and whole.

The philosophy and practice at our School recognises the importance of the

Rights of the Child.

It is the cornerstone that allows us to see the needs of the whole child and take into consideration all areas of their development.


  • Children need parents, teachers and the community to be constantly researching and looking at practice.
  • Children need a safe secure environment that challenges and stimulates. This environment allows time for discovery, reflection, experimentation and for re-visitation.
  • Children need a space to discover, to learn and to fail. This space needs to be theirs, it’s a place for mum and dad to visit, to learn about, to be interested in but not to control.
  • Children need to learn how to form peer relationships, resolve conflicts, to make mistakes, to forgive and be forgiven. Children need to learn about feelings and about right and wrong (This needs to be lived not told).
  • Children need to understand the concept of mutual respect. Respect for others and respect for the environment.