8.45am to 12pm Monday to Friday
Children who have turned 3 by the 31st August, attend the Morning Nursery from 9am until midday, Monday to Friday.
Over the course of the year, children begin to learn to read using a well established phonics programme. Letters and sounds are introduced to small groups of children on a regular basis during the week so that by the end of the Nursery year, some children will already have begun to read while others will be preparing to begin. Numeracy is also introduced to small groups of children with the emphasis on practical numeracy activities.
Various topics are planned and resourced to cover festivals, events and other interesting and relevant subjects. We incorporate a more structured and adult led approach to introduce new ideas and topics, extend children’s understanding, encourage acceptable behaviour, improve children’s concentration, and promote sharing and taking turns and developing relationships.
We aim to make the Nursery Year one of great happiness and enjoyment! Children learn when they are motivated, happy and secure. We provide a warm, caring environment and staff who are skilled and sensitive to children’ needs. Open lines of communication between home and school are vital so that everyone is united in ensuring the best outcomes for the child. The two way, online assessment tool ‘Tapestry’ has been introduced to the Nursery successfully. Parents are able to follow their child’s progress on a weekly basis online and are also able to comment. Parents are invited to a termly consultation with their child’s Key person and a formal written Report is produced at the end of the year.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum but wherever possible, extend children beyond the average expectations for their age. We deliver this curriculum through a range of free choice activities which the children choose independently or as a group. The teachers interact to encourage and extend the children’s learning in a number of ways, offering ideas and suggestions and introducing relevant vocabulary to aid language development. The Staff also monitor for safety, inclusion and equal opportunities for all children.
Each child is allocated a 'Key Person' at the beginning of the Nursery Year to help the child settle into nursery and monitor their development in all areas of their learning. The Key Person will observe, keep records and monitor the child’s progress and feed back information or concerns to parents. The Key Person will gather pieces of work and photographs throughout the year and create a 'Learning Journey’ in the form of a folder which will be given to parents at the end of the Nursery or Reception Year.
Some children settle into their new surroundings with ease while others may take a little longer. Each child is considered individually and the settling-in time handled with care and sensitivity to ensure that the child's first few days at the School are a positive and happy experience for them. The staff will advise you accordingly.
The Morning Nursery caters for up to 30 children but this can vary from year to year. Four full time, qualified staff work with the children and daily peripatetic staff provide classes in additional subjects such as Singing, Drama, Music, Football, PE and Cooking.
Our work is very much in partnership with parents. We aim to build positive and proactive relationships with families to ensure the best outcomes for your child. We use a dedicated, secure portal to share updates and photographs from your child’s week and operate a consistent ‘open door’ policy so that any concerns you may have relating to your child and the School are dealt with efficiently and effectively.