We have a beautiful nursery classroom which has enough space for us to offer 39 places in both sessions. The nursery has a morning session and an afternoon session. We offer flexible places, which means that the children can mix and match afternoons and mornings to make up their allocated time, either 15 hours or 30 hours. We also offer top up sessions, which are really popular, especially with the older nursery children who are getting ready for full time school.
In Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. It identifies 7 areas for learning; three prime and four specific areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development incorporates learning to be confident, independent, understand others and understand their own emotions.
- Communication and Language includes listening, understanding and speaking.
- Physical Development covers children using the gross motor (large) movements as well as fine motor (small) movements and handwriting. It also involves children being able to dress themselves, look after their toileting needs and be aware of what they need to be healthy.
- Literacy includes reading and writing.
- Mathematics combines number work as well as shape, space and measure.
- Understanding the World allows embodies knowledge and understanding of people and communities, learning about the natural world and developing understanding about technology.
- Expressive Arts and Design encompasses art, drama, music, making and imagination.
Nursery plan from the children’s interests to help the individual child want to be keen to learn. We do have starting points for each term, for example, Ourselves, Traditional Tales, Animals and transport, but we can, and often do, move away from these depending on the direction the children take us in.
The adults in Nursery continually assess the children throughout the year. These take the form of long observations, short observations, photographic evidence and tasks the children may complete. From the assessments we ensure that the planning is being completed at a level that is appropriate to the individual child’s stage of learning.
Relationships with parents
Parents are a fundamental part of the children’s development. Parents are able to access the online learning journeys. This means they can share with school what the children do at home and they can see what they are achieving at school. We invite the parents to come to visit nursery for special events.
We begin to explore the basic skills required to develop mathematical skills throughout the children’s education. We have daily maths sessions where we explore counting and applying number knowledge to mathematical problems. We also look at shapes and relate them to our surroundings looking at their properties.
The nursery has a lovely big outdoor area that the children can access all day. We have lots of lovely resources for them to play with which support all aspects of their learning. There is a mud kitchen, sand pit, garden, climbing frames, construction, writing and lots more. The children also get chance to join in with forest schools. Our Forest school teacher will take small groups of the children into the school forest, the children love it.
If you would like to come and visit our nursery, please call the office and we would be happy to show you around.