The Railway Children

Where Great Minds Are Born


The Railway Children Story

History in the making - The beginning

The railway crossing that was originally here was closed in the early 1970s and replaced by an underground subway. 

Wakefield Crossing Cottage which would have originally been occupied by the Railwayman and his family was likely to have been built about 1838 when the Railway line was cut through Canley and Tile Hill. It is situated off Yarmouth Green, Charter Avenue, Canley, Coventry. This extremely interesting Edwardian-style cottage was completely refurbished in recent decades, retaining the original charm and character including the 16" cavity brickwork of the original Railwayman's Cottage. It now includes many modern additions, including, stained sealed unit double glazing, solid floors on the ground floor, replastering, and rewiring and replumbing, throughout.

Much has changed since the Railwaymen lived here!

The cottage was renovated and extended by the present owners Penny and Maurice and opened as a 36 place children's day nursery in 1992.

'Nanny' Penny was a childminder for 13 years before deciding to open the nursery, although 'Nanny' Penny has now retired, the nurseries run on the same ethos as they did then.

Following on from the success of the Canley nursery, they opened a second nursery in the picturesque village of Brinklow in 2000.

This nursery was originally part of The Revel C of E school and is a smaller nursery catering for 18 children.

Today our progressive and holistic early childhood education philosophy ensures that we understand that each child has unique needs and interests. We provide the environment and tools your child needs to thrive to the best of their abilities.

We expose children to different environments and various learning experiences, we allow them to explore their self-awareness and gain a sense of the world around them.

Once they leave The Railway Children, they’re fully prepared for the next stage of their young lives.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Learning Through Play

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which we use at The Railway Children was created with our children’s needs in mind: to mature and develop in a safe yet stimulating environment. Take a look below to learn more about each area.


Kit 'cooking' with his friends in the home corner.

"Knowing others is intelligence
Knowing yourself is true wisdom
Mastering others is strength,
Mastering yourself is true power"

Personal, social and emotional development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

This area develops children’s positive sense of themselves. It teaches about having respect for oneself and others, developing social skills and a good attitude to learning.

PSED is made up of these aspects:

  • Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness

  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

  • Making Relationships

Nancy C and Nancy S playing together with the cars.

"The most important part of communication is hearing what isn't said"

Communication and Language

Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

This area provides children with opportunities for speaking and listening and ignites children’s interest in reading and writing. 

CL is made up of these aspects:

  • Listening and attention

  • Understanding

  • Speaking

Michael outside in his 'car-car'

"An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body"

Physical Development

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

This area provides opportunities for children to be active and develop their co-ordination, manipulation and movement. It develops understanding of the importance of being physically active and eating healthily. 

PD is made up of these aspects:

  • Moving and Handling

  • Health and Self-Care

Vivienne 'reading' one of her favourite books 'The Gruffalo'

"The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go"


Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

LD is made up of these aspects

  • Reading

  • Writing

Esme measuring out ingredients to make muffins.

"Too, often we give children the answer to remember rather than problems to solve"


Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

This area supports children’s understanding in different situations by providing opportunities to explore, practise, learn and talk. They practise skills and gain confidence and competence.

Mathematics is made up of these aspects:

  • Numbers

  • Shape, Space and Measures

Nyla pretending to be a tiger

"With our thoughts we make the world"

Understanding the World

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

This area offers children opportunities to explore and observe the environment, living things and objects. 

UW is made up of these aspects:

  • People and Communities

  • The World

  • Technology

Isla and Charlotte dressed up for World Book Day

"Art has the role in Education of making children more like themselves, instead of more like everyone else"

Expressive Arts and Design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

This area supports children’s curiosity and play. They explore and share their thinking, ideas, and feelings in music, in art, movement and dance, role play and technology.

EAD is made up of these aspects:

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials

  • Being Imaginative

The Railway Children Mission

From language and literacy development to social skills and creative expression, the children at The Railway Children are constantly being exposed to new activities and environments in which to thrive. We build on the strengths and interests of each child to help build a solid foundation where they can develop their futures. Get in touch to learn more about us.


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The Railway Children Day Nurseries

Wakefield Crossing Cottage, Yarmouth Green, Canley Coventry, CV4 8BN, 

Call 024 7642 1571​,

The Crescent, Brinklow Nr Rugby,

CV23 0LR,

Call 01788 833350