Our Approach

At Cherubs Nurseries, we have developed our own blended approach to early years, building on long-trusted teaching methods, the latest research, our own experience as an established early years provider and the voices of our people and the families of the children we care for. When developing our approach and curriculum we have taken advice from experts as well as building a hugely experienced education team in-house who have led the development and successful implementation of our approach and curriculum.

Our blended approach brings together four main schools of thought including Montessori, Hygge, Reggio and Forest School. These influence all areas of our provision including the environment, the structure of the nursery day and how our Educators provide purposeful learning and development for the children. This approach is underpinned by the embedded belief that each child is individual and unique and should be treated as such. By placing the children at the centre of everything we do, our well trained and knowledgeable Educators carefully follow the interests of each child and encourage them to lead their own play, inspired by the world around them. When appropriate our Educators will scaffold around play to create structure and extend learning. This ensures the highest quality of early years practice and provision and successful outcomes for all children.


The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child’s early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.

Following Montessori thinking, our design-led environments are furnished using sustainably sourced child-sized furniture and thoughtfully selected resources and equipment. These safe and accessible spaces enable each child to direct their own learning and play, keeping their imaginations sparked and curiosity flowing.

Building on this, our Educators weave in opportunities for the children to develop essential life skills and independence through hygiene stations, accessible drink tables and self-service at mealtimes.


Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary, or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.

When curating our environments, we place emphasis on making the spaces as warm and cosy as possible. We carefully combine items from home with practical elements that make our nurseries welcoming whilst gently comforting the children to make them feel safe and secure whenever they’re with us.

Doing this creates a strong and supportive foundation to enable to children to be curious and explore, learning about the world around them.


The Reggio Emilia approach views young children as individuals who are curious about their world and have the powerful potential to learn from all that surrounds them.

Reggio teachers employ strategies that expose children to a wide variety of educational opportunities that encourage self-expression, communication, logical thinking and problem solving. Children are influenced by everything that is around them and the environment itself acts as a third teacher.

The learning process is of a much higher importance than the final product and teachers create in-depth projects based on information from parents and observation as well as the interests of children.

Forest School

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process that offers opportunities for holistic growth. Taking place in a woodland or natural environment, it is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and risk taking and supports the development of a life-long relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Forest School also develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences. . At Cherubs Nurseries, we have our very own qualified Forest School Teacher who supports and coaches all nurseries to provide weekly “Explorer” sessions for children based on the principles of Forest School.

Our blended approach is central to the training and development of our people too. Our Educators attend a wide range but carefully selected schedule of formal training, workshops, and coaching sessions to enable them to successfully align their practice with our approach. Our CPD also ensures they are complaint with Ofsted regulations and Cherubs Nurseries standards and guidelines. These sessions take place at the Cherubs Nurseries Training Academy, virtually and on a more local basis at monthly staff meetings.

Our Curriculum

When it comes to our curriculum, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Development Matters to ensure our Educators build a strong foundation for each child. Their journey is recorded virtually, tracked via Blossom Educational Software. This can be accessed by the Educators and parents, who work in partnership to upload observations, photographs and videos to support children’s interests, next steps and to achieve our curriculum outcomes.

Nursery Curriculum Intent

  • Children reach their full potential.
  • Children can express their feelings, show care, empathy, kindness and respect.
  • Children are confident communicators.
  • Children have good physical independence and knowledge of aspects that create a healthy lifestyle.
  • Children are mathematical thinkers.
  • Children have a love for reading.
  • Children develop a good understanding of cultural diversity.

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