what we do
We provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children aged 3 months to 5 years in our early years setting.
Our forest school offers our early years children the opportunity to learn and develop confidence in a natural outdoor environment.
In addition to the early years provision, we offer a playscheme during the school holidays for children aged 5 – 11 years.
Based in the heart of the Grimsbury area of Banbury, East Street Early Years is a registered charity. As a non-profit organisation, we are able to offer a broader range of support to both children and their families, reinvesting any surplus we make into childcare provision in the local community.
Our aim is to offer excellent care and education in a fun, safe environment, taking into consideration the background and beliefs of all of our families. As a charity, we are able to specialise in providing inclusive care for children with special educational needs and also to provide additional support to families in difficult circumstances. Children are encouraged to develop to their own full potential and at their own pace with the support and care of our qualified and experienced staff. We encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning, and our open door policy means you are welcome to come and visit at any time.
featuring a forest school, allotment, mud kitchen, giant sandpit, climbing frames and more!
to support children to learn and explore as they grow and develop
We are open from 8am - 6pm 51 weeks of the year, closing on Bank Holidays and for approximately one week over the Christmas period
"Staff nurture children especially well." "Babies and children develop extremely secure attachments to their key persons. Their emotional well-being is exceedingly strong." "Staff know their key children remarkably well. "
View OFSTED Report 2019
(As Grimsbury Family Association)
Setting Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
First Aid at Work training
Forest School Leader
Completing Level 3 Early Years Educator
Amy Rogers (Vice Chair)
Forest Fun is based on the Forest School principals of child led play, children manage their own risks and are given the freedom to play in a safe environment with the opportunity to have a go at achievable tasks, at their own pace, with adult support. Allotments Are Fun! You might think growing your own at Read more about Forest School Fun[…]
We would like to invite everyone to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 7pm.
What is the Wild Challenge? Throughout June we become wild, we explored the thought of random wild acts that we could do in our amazing garden. We…… Found a woodlouse in our Bug Hotel Found ladybug’s in the garden Looked closely at our strawberry plants Listened for wildlife in the garden Read a wild book Read more about 30 Days Wild[…]
Banbury nursery celebrates first-ever ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted Staff at a Banbury nursery is celebrating after being given the highest-possible rating from Ofsted for the first time. East Street Early Years was scored as ‘outstanding’ by the education watchdog in a report published on June 6, following an inspection in May. The charity, formerly called Read more about East Streat Early Years feature in local paper for outstanding OFSTED achievement![…]
After our OFSTED inspection on the 14th May, the report has now been published! We are proud to announce that the East Street Early Years has been officially awarded “OUTSTANDING”. With some great observations highlighted within the report we could not be more grateful to all our staff for their dedication and hard work. “Staff support Read more about OFSTED: An “OUTSTANDING” Result[…]
When the snow came the children went outdoors! Playing in the snow can be an excellent opportunity to develop fine motor skills and encourage outdoor learning while still having loads of fun. Snow play requires creativity, scientific observation and negotiation skills. Think of the creativity fostered as children build snow creatures and use various objects Read more about Snow Fun: February 2019[…]
The children enjoyed taking part in World book day, dressing up and sharing stories. We were also lucky for some parents that attending sharing their favourite stories with us also.
A simple experience such as children learning about animals is cute and charming, (and indeed, it is!) but there’s so much more going on here than meets the eye. Children are drawn to animals of all kinds. There is definitely something special about children’s interest in animals. Research shows that humans’ innate interest in animals Read more about Animal Handling Experiences[…]
We have been looking at roles of different important figures in the community with our range of People Who Help visitors.
We continue our weekly partnership visits with the Ridings care home and recently have been fortunate to celebrate one residents 104th birthday celebrations with her.