NurseryWhere little minds go to explore . . .
What do we do?
Many of the children in Nursery are learning what it’s like to be away from their main care-giver for the first time. They are ready to start learning self-help skills, how to share and to take turns – a necessary part of growing up!
With growing independence, and with their own unique personalities coming through, children at this age are starting to develop social skills and make lasting friendships.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is followed by your child until they finish their Reception Year at school. In the Nursery, activities are planned with the EYFS curriculum in mind, providing a little more structure to the day to prepare your child for their first steps into education.
How do we do it?
The classroom and outside area have many opportunities for the children to develop important skills while accessing a wide range of activities. They regularly join with the Pre-School children in the outside area where they learn from the older children who are role-models. This also aids their transition into Pre-School at the end of the year.
Children of this age can still get tired because they are so busy with their learning. Story times and snack times are quiet and cosy and provide them with some much-needed downtime with their keyperson with whom they are familiar and feel safe. The keypersons help the children reflect on their previous activities.
We have started working on story making and our story for this term is “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. We will invite the parents to our story making session at the end of term.
We have put a dream catcher up in the Nursery so that the children can share their wishes or dreams with their key persons. We will incorporate these ideas within our planning which puts your children’s interests at the centre of what we do.
The Nursery is led by Claire who works in partnership with you to help your child settle into the setting. You are welcome to remain with your child until you feel they are sufficiently at ease. They will be allocated a keyperson with whom they will develop a strong and lasting bond. The keyperson will work closely with you for the entire time your child is in the setting, to oversee and plan their development and the next steps in learning. Your child will join a group called Bees, Butterflies, Ladybirds or Dragonflies.
While we look forward to giving daily feedback to you when you collect your child, we also plan more formal opportunities for parents’ meetings throughout the year so that together we can set the next steps for your child. In the first of these, your child’s keyperson will meet with you when you first arrive in the setting. Together, you will discuss your child’s development and, if necessary, carry out your child’s ‘2 Year Old Progress Check’. This is a standard set by Ofsted and presents parents with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum – 1. Physical Development; 2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development and 3. Communication & Language. There will be at least two other formal meetings with your child’s keyperson to help you both track your child’s progress.
We believe strongly in working together to help your child be the best they can be, so this partnership working is very important to us. We invite parents and grandparents in to help in the classrooms. You might even like to share a special interest or talent with us. Please let the staff know so that this can be included in the session planning.
If your child has toys or pictures they would like to share with their friends, please bring them in for Claire to introduce at an appropriate moment.
We offer Free Early Years Entitlement funding for 2 year olds who fit the eligibility criteria set by the government. Please speak to the manager, Denise Arnold, about eligibility.
If you would like to see the Nursery Room at work, please ring us to arrange a visit.
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