An Introduction to Nursery
We want your child to have the most inspiring time and give them some fantastic experiences during their time with us. The early years is a time where we see rapid change, growth and development. We have a very committed and experienced Early Years team who encompass our Early Years aims throughout.
Our Early Years Aims
We aim to:
- Provide a stimulating environment, by planning high quality; purposeful play opportunities, which are based on children’s interests making learning fun and meaningful.
Allow children to explore, experiment and consolidate their learning through hands on opportunities in a safe environment where they are able to achieve and reach their potential.
Enable children to become independent learners and develop the skills to co-operate, share, negotiate and work as a team.
Develop close partnerships where parents and practitioners work together and learn from each other in order to share information and celebrate children’s achievement.
Provide a nurturing, caring environment where children feel safe, happy and valued as individuals.
We wish to welcome you and your child to our nursery and hope that the following information will be useful.
Year Group Information
Please ensure all uniform is named
- Navy jogging bottoms
- Yellow polo t-shirt
- Navy sweatshirt
- Shoes with a velcro fastening to enable children to be independent when changing into their pumps or wellies.
P.E. & Outdoor Play in Kipper's Garden:
Every Wednesday AM & Friday PM
During P.E. we encourage the children to change into their pumps, therefore, please ensure your child has a pair of named black, velcro pumps in their bags.
During outdoor play we encourage the children to change into waterproof suits and wellingtons therefore, please ensure your child has a pair of named wellingtons and a waterproof suit in nursery.
As an optional part of Nursery uniform, you may wish to purchase your child a school water suit. These suits help to protect children’s clothing and are made from durable fabric to ensure they protect in all weathers! We recommend that you buy a size bigger so that coats can be worn underneath.
We ask for £1 each week towards snack and baking. During each morning and afternoon session the children are offered a drink of water or milk and a snack. Our snacks include pizza, fruit salad or crumpets. We also bake each week with the children and have enjoyed making a range of tasty treats.
Home visits will be arranged prior to your child starting Nursery. During this valuable time we can get to know you and find out more about your child and their interests. Following a home visit you will be given a date to visit nursery with your child.
Children over the age of 3 are eligible for 15 hours free nursery education a week.
There are four options to choose from:
- 5 morning sessions - 8.45am-11.45am
- 5 afternoon sessions - 12.30pm-3.30pm
- 2.5 days at the beginning of the week - Monday, Tuesday 8.45am-3.30pm and Wednesday 8.45am-11.45am)
- 2.5 days at the end of the week (Wednesday 12.30pm-3.30pm, Thursday and Friday 8.45am-3.30pm)
We will try our best to arrange for your child to attend in the most convenient session for you, but this may not always be possible.
Children staying for the full day will have their lunch from 11.45am-12.30pm, with the option of having either a packed lunch or hot dinner. Hot dinners cost £1.85 per day.
If you require your child to stay for additional lunch sessions in the week e.g. after an AM session or before a PM session these cost £3.00 if you are providing a packed lunch or £4.85 if your child is to have a school dinner.
Further details about our school lunches and menus can be seen on our school website .
We have 35 places in each session, if surplus places are available, additional sessions can be purchased at a cost of £12.00 per session. Please contact the office for more details.
Parents requesting additional sessions above the 15 hours of funded provision will be required to pay half termly in advance. Payment must be made during the first week of each half term. Unfortunately no reduction/refund is given for children who are absent.
Attendance in the Nursery does not guarantee admission to school for primary education. Parents will still need to apply for a school place in the usual way. If you need any help with this please contact the school office.
The Nursery Year at school and home is important. During this year foundations for learning and living are laid.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
When planning, teachers focus on the following areas of experience:
The three prime areas;
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
And also the four specific areas,
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Art and Design
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. Therefore we ensure that children are given a range of fun and exciting activities both indoors and outdoors. We aim to make education interesting and provide varied activities, which are based around your children’s interests. We continually observe your child to gain further insights into their interests and provide next steps for their learning.
In the Autumn Term we spend time getting to know the children and undertake activities based on their interests. We also have an exciting time learning all about Christmas.
Our Talk4Writing texts are The Little Red Hen, The Gingerbread Man and Dear Santa. We will also be learning lots of Nursery Rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and Twinkle, Twinkle.
In the Spring Term our themes are 'Explorers' and 'Growing Up'. We really enjoy learning about bears and things that grow. We also learn all about Spring and the life cycle of a hen. Nursery has the exciting opportunity to take part in the Living Eggs programme that enables the children to experience chicks hatching from eggs.
Our Talk4Writing texts are We're Going On a Bear Hunt, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We also look at a selection of non-fiction texts linked to the theme of chicks.
In the Summer Term our 'Growing Up' theme continues as we vist Windmill Farm and learn all about baby animals. During this term we also find out about 'People Who Help Us In Southport'. We also begin to get ready for our transition to the Reception classes.
Our Talk4Writing text is the Enormous Turnip.
Home-School Packs and Library Books
Each week children take home a library book and home-school pack. We have had lots of positive feedback from parents and carers about out home-school links. We know the children love to choose and share these resources at home.
Home-School packs and library books are changed on a weekly basis. Your child will not receive a new pack or library book until the previous pack and book have been returned. If you have any home-school packs or library books at home can you please return them to school as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
'Magic Moments' provide parents and carers with the opportunity to share children's achievements at home. We then share these 'Magic Moments' during key worker sessions to instill a sense of pride in children.
Thank you for all the ‘Magic Moments’ that have been sent in so far. The children have really enjoyed sharing them with the adults and their peers. There are more stars available if you run out, these can be located by our noticeboard in the cloakroom.
Please keep them coming next half term.
If you would like to apply for a place please print and fill in the form and return it to the school office.
The children have enjoyed learning all about Jolly Phonics. We will continue to learn new letter sounds this half term. Further information for parents and carers can be in the parent/teacher guide.
During maths activities we explore the principles of counting. This half term we will focus on counting, ordering numbers and matching objects to the correct number card. Further information on supporting mathematics at home can be found in the 'Maths Through Play' guide.
Links to useful websites
Top Marks - An excellent website for Early Years activities.
ICT Games - A website to support learning in Literacy and Mathematics.
Purple Mash - An interactive website for children with an Early Years section.
Nature Detectives - This website is provided by the Woodland Trust. It has great ideas and resources to help children have fun in the outdoors.