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 Grimsbury area of Banbury, East Street Early Years is run by Grimsbury Family Association.
As a registered charity, we are run as a non-profit organisation. This means 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 create stimulating environments with lots of accessible natural resources. This helps to promote children's choice and curiosity as they explore them"
View OFSTED report 2015
Setting Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
First Aid at Work training
Forest School Leader
Completing Level 3 Early Years Educator
Amy Rogers (Vice Chair)
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.
There are just 10 days to go until the Banbury & District Show, one of the biggest events in the town’s calendar – and East Street Early Years will be there! Taking place on Sunday 10 June in Spiceball Park, the event promises to be a great family day out with two fields packed with Read more about Come and see us at the Banbury & District Show[…]
Last week East Street Early Years Manager Theresa Baker successfully hiked to the summit of Mount Snowdon in a sponsored challenge to raise money for East Street Early Years and the Grimsbury Family Association. At 1,085m above sea level, Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales. Theresa and her team walked up Read more about Theresa treks to the top![…]
The children in the Comet room have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We’re reading the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and exploring how the caterpillar in the story eats lots of different foods, before pupating and emerging as a beautiful butterfly. We have used the story to encourage the children Read more about Science in the Comet room: Butterflies[…]