Maltman's Green School, Maltmans Lane, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8RR
Excellence with a sense of fun!

Curriculum | Early Years

We are the only all-girl setting in the Gerrards Cross area (both independent and private) to offer extended day and all year round care for girls aged 2-4.

The Early Years are a time of wonder and discovery. We ensure that every day is packed full of enjoyable and enriching activities, enabling the girls to make the most of their learning experience. We foster an environment where the girls feel safe and secure enough to take risks and challenge themselves.

We have an individualised approach where all girls take part in a mixture of adult-led and child-led activities. This enables them to progress and develop at their own pace. The children have class rules and are taught social skills such as staying safe, being kind to each other and sharing. At Maltman's Green there are no limits to learning. We don’t believe in holding children back, but we equally ensure they are not pushed too far outside of their comfort zone.

Our child-centred education follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We start by looking at what each child needs and tailor the curriculum accordingly.

Little Malties Day Care

Year round full day care for pre-school girls aged 2-3 years.

Duration of care will be provided according to your needs, be that half-day, school day or extended day. We know that you do not stop when the school holidays come round, and so neither do we – Little Malties runs straight through the holidays giving you peace of mind that your daughter will always have the highest quality care available.

The EYFS Statutory Framework recommends that pre-school practitioners focus on three Prime Areas of Learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. To deliver our individualised approach we go beyond these Prime Areas, planning activities that cover Specific Areas of Learning including Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design. Our learning is topic based with cross-curricular links. By planning both group and individual activities we ensure every girl is able to learn and develop at her own pace.

A Unique Setting

Our Little Malties setting has been designed to inspire and stimulate enquiring young minds. As well as an indoor space with areas for play and learning, a quiet room, wet room and an eating space, we have outdoor areas accessible directly from the indoor space and the girls have easy access to our woodlands. In all these outdoor spaces the children can start to understand how the world works, using self-selected resources for imaginative and social play, to create dens, and even build water systems.

Our Little Malties will be very much part of our School community, something we feel is crucial for developing social skills and building confidence. With this aim in mind we also plan opportunities for the girls to make extensive use of all the facilities throughout the School, whether this be through visiting the Pre-Prep Gym to use the equipment as soft play resources, joining in with our “wellie-walks”, and visiting the Pre-Prep playground to use the play equipment. Girls will also attend assemblies and take part in school events such as Theatre Group visits. Our unique approach ensures the girls are well rounded and ‘school ready’.

Nursery and Reception 

Before and after school care runs during term time from 7.30am until 6pm for girls in Reception and up. Care for girls in Nursery is offered year round for as long or short a day as you need. 

We create a happy, stable, caring and stimulating environment in our Nursery and Reception classes.

Taking a holistic approach, we establish a thirst for discovery, an ability to express creativity and an enjoyment for learning. Independence is encouraged, extending the ability to learn, play and co-operate with others.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced with a topic-based individualised approach to learning. This enables the girls to establish a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding and social skills upon which they can build throughout their lives. A wide variety of activities are provided to suit all abilities, enabling the girls to work towards: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; an Understanding of the World; and Expressive Arts and Design.

Our aim is to ensure that by the end of Nursery, the girls are well prepared for the transition into full-time school and that by the end of the Reception year they are well prepared for the transition into Year One.