Nursery Session Times
Option A: 15 hours Free Nursery Entitlement Term Time Only
Monday 9.00am- 3:15pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 3:15pm
Wednesday 9.00am- 11:30am
Option B: 15 hours Free Nursery Entitlement plus Wednesday afternoon childcare at £20, Term Time Only
Monday 9.00am- 3:15pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 3:15pm
Wednesday 9.00am- 3:15pm
We accept childcare vouchers for the Wednesday afternoon session. For more information please see a member of staff.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum covering children’s development form birth until the end of the Reception year. We support children to make their own play choices where practitioners join in with children’s play and observe their interests to extend learning. Children also take part in adult led activities to help develop specific skills, to provide new learning experiences and to inspire new interests. The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development. These are all related to one another but divided into Prime and Specific Areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area involves helping children to build their self-confidence and to develop a strong sense of themselves. Children are supported to develop their social skills, to form positive relationships and respect for others. Children’s emotional well-being is nurtured by helping them to understand and manage their own feelings and behaviour.
Communication and Language
This area develops children’s confidence and skills in listening, understanding, speaking and communicating.
This area involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; developing their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
This area focuses on learning the skills needed for reading and writing. Through a range of contexts children explore rhymes, songs, sounds, stories and mark-making opportunities.
This area supports children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculating, shape, space and measures.
Understanding The World
This area supports children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children have opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
This area supports children in developing their creativity through exploring a range of materials and media to express themselves. Children are encouraged to explore and share their thinking, feelings and ideas in music, art, movement, role play and technology.
Dressing and Clothing
We encourage children in Nursery to develop their self-help skills. To support children’s independence with toileting, dressing and undressing they should wear clothes and shoes they can easily pull on and off. Clothes should also be comfortable and practical. It is essential to make sure your child has the correct clothes and footwear to play outside in all weathers.
- A set of spare clothes
- Baby wipes
- Water bottle
- Waterproof coat
- Wellies (these can be left next to your child’s peg)
- Sun hat and sun cream
Please label your child’s clothing, wellies and water bottle.
We Love the Outdoors
Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development. It gives children first-hand experiences to explore the natural world and provides a space for children to be physically active. Outdoor environments also offer opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
We had a wonderful time looking for and finding out about animals from around the world at Wild Place. We especially liked the Geladas, giraffes, zebras and lemurs. We also enjoyed taking a walk in the wolf wood, climbing trees and exploring the adventure playgrounds. Following our trip we will continue to explore the children's interests and find out a little more about their favourite animals.
So far this term we have enjoyed reading and retelling 'The Runaway Pancake' where we made some interesting links with the story 'The Gingerbread Man.' We have been developing our cooking skills and created healthy fruit toppings to celebrate pancake day. We all thought our pancakes were delicious!
We've had a wonderful time finding out about the Chinese New Yew. We created beautiful ‘Good Luck’ messages, explored traditional clothes and learnt about the different ways people celebrate. We cooked and tasted sweet and sour Chinese noodles too!
We have been finding out about the celebration of Christmas and have been sharing experiences of special times we celebrate. We have shared ideas about gifts that we would like to receive and drew them in a letter to Father Christmas. We had a wonderful morning walking to the post-box to send our letters.
We have enjoyed working together to pour, sift and mix ingredients together to bake cupcakes. We observed and talked about how the mixture changed as we added different ingredients. We carefully decorated the cakes with winter themed decorations.
Nursery are settling into new routines well and enjoying getting to know one another. We are encouraging children’s self-help skills where they are doing a great job at putting on their coats and taking care to put them away independently.
The children are exploring all areas of the environment and following their own interests. They especially like spending time looking at books, playing turn taking games and acting out experiences in the home corner.
We have enjoyed exploring and talking about the windy weather. We then created our own Japanese inspired windsocks to observe the effects of wind power! Take a look at our learning below.
My Favourite Colour Is Autumn
This term we are using our senses as we find out about Autumn. We loved taking a walk and collected many interesting objects including leaves, berries and seedpods. We looked closely at these objects and talked about shape, texture and colour. We then used paint to create our own colourful Autumn footprints.