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'Education: an adventure to be enjoyed'
Welcome to the CAN Schools Federation. We are two well-established, teacher-led nursery schools supporting children and families in Derby.
Opening Times and Session Costs
Opening Times:8.00am - 6.00pm (parents can drop off from 7.30am)
Session Costs:£5.10 to £5.35 per hour booked within our published session times

Our Federation Curriculum

At CAN Schools’ Federation we are dedicated to outdoor learning and children making sense of the world around them. With the largest grounds for any Derby City Maintained nursery, we offer a unique experience in a naturally stimulating environment. At CAN schools’ Federation, we surround our children with nature. During sessions children have the opportunity to jump in puddles, make mud pies and imaginative potions, brush and feed the animals, collect eggs from the chickens, smell flowers, rain and campfires, listen to bird song, the cracking of ice and the wind in the trees.

We grow fruit, vegetables and flowers and our children get involved in harvesting, preparing and cooking their own snacks, lunch and teas as well as naturally healthy treats for our school farm animals.

We believe the closer to nature a child is the happier they will be and the more they will learn. We believe children have hundreds of ways of expressing themselves, and our inspiring environment is their third teacher (Loris Malaguzzi).

We are an experienced, fully committed staff, who go the extra mile. Educating children throughout the Early Years is our passion!

                        Education: an adventure to be enjoyed!

​​​​​​At CAN Schools’ Federation we aim to:

  • Provide an inclusive, warm and welcoming environment for all.
  • Work in partnership with all families.
  • Actively ensure Equality of opportunity for all.
  • Support Children’s development and learning through an exciting range of challenging play based activities and experiences.
  • Encourage a sense of wonder and curiosity in children.
  • Help children develop the skills, knowledge, values and attitude needed for learning.
  • Create an environment where children’s communication and language can flourish and develop.
  • Provide a nurturing environment that develops a strong sense of children’s well-being.
  • Support children to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and emotional wellbeing.
  • Celebrate the achievements of all children and adults in our Federation.
  • Value each stage of development and support our children’s independence ready for the next stage of their education.
  • Continually improve and strive for excellence.

Our Teaching and Learning Policy

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