Tanglewood Nursery School was founded in 1946 and was formerly in Corporation Road, Chelmsford. Corporation road nursery was initially set up as a nursery school so that the women could return to work while the men where at war. In later years the air raid shelter became the bike shed! The Nursery was relocated to its current site in Melbourne Avenue in September 1985. Building work to the front of the nursery was started in September 2011 and we moved into the new office area, library and staff room in January 2012. A second piece of land was purchased in 2012 and we created our forest garden. Ground works were started in the summer of 2014 with the addition of a second hill, trees, and our giant sandpit with water pump. This is an ongoing project.
Tanglewood has a long tradition of child centred education where learning through play forms the basis for our children to become active and independent learner. We aim always to provide a happy, calm and secure environment where children can explore, investigate, reflect and try things out with confidence.
We aim to establish a good working relationship with parents and carers by respecting their knowledge of the child and using this to continue the child’s learning journey. We do this by providing a broad and balanced curriculum which seeks to enable children to develop children to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually and morally. Within all layers of the nursery curriculum comprising of child development, nursery curriculum, following and building on children’s interest and a light touch topic based approach we aim to ensure that every child is supported to optimise their potential and is regarded as being of equal worth with respect of race, gender and ability.