In Nursery/Pre-school the children follow our Early Years curriculum with a wide variety of learning opportunities provided. Our two-year old’s learning is focused on the prime areas of the curriculum. Their Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development, including their health and self-care. They are also exposed to learning in Maths and Literacy through songs and activities in the classroom and in our daily Read, Write, Inc. phonics sessions, with a trained teacher. We encourage the children to participate in circle time sessions, to build up their abilities to sit listen and participate with their learning as a group. These children experience all their learning through play and interactions and activities with adults and their peers.
Our focus for our Nursery children is to support them in beginning to become independent and confident in their own abilities and to begin to understand expectations and to follow rules and social cues, by promoting positive interactions with others.
We strive to provide a caring learning environment that is friendly, homely and fun for the children. We know the children as individuals and support them in developing their interests and exploring the unfamiliar.
We aim to be different to other Nurseries and our unique set up allows all the children in the Early Years Unit to free-flow, not only indoors and outdoors in all weathers, but between the age groups as well. This means our Nursery children can free flow and explore their learning with children up to age 5. This has shown to support many children with their verbal and communication skills.
The Nursery provision is for children 2-3 years old and is available for 51 weeks of the year. Providing care from 8am to 6pm daily. (Other sessions are available).
Nursery Pastoral Care
When settling the children in to Nursery, we understand it can be an emotional time for both child and parents. We therefore endeavour to make the transition, as smooth as possible and to suit the needs of the child and parents. We work with parents on a phased entry, starting with a 1-1 interview with a Senior member of the Early Years Team to allow us to get to know the child. From this we would agree further settling sessions to suit both parent and child’s needs.
All the adults in the unit will get to know your child, but they will be assigned a keyworker with whoever they have the best bond with. We have regular contact with parents through our tracking, monitoring and communication system, ‘Famly’, which allows us to share photographs and videos of children with their adult, privately.
If a child is not toilet trained, we will support both you and a child in this when they show signs, they are ready to start, and work in partnership with parents to accomplish this. We support the children with feeding themselves using cutlery, eating and trying and exploring new foods.
Sleeping arrangements can be made if your child requires a sleep during the day. Children will have their own bed, which is not shared with any other child, and their own bedding which is washed regularly. Children can bring in comforters and we will play music, read stories to help soothe children off to sleep.
If a child struggles to separate with parents at drop off we will support them and send pictures or call parents to reassure them.
Each week the children have a dedicated PE session, introducing new skills and developing previous learning. They also have music lessons with a very inspirational and fully qualified Music Teacher. The children also have weekly French lessons, where they are exposed to and can explore the French language in fun and innovative ways.