In the Early Years, children relish learning. They have a wealth of interesting experiences that provide well for their social, emotional and learning needs. Ofsted January 2020
Welcome to St Edmund’s Nursery!
We are a warm and friendly Nursery class and we offer flexible provision to suit your family’s needs. We accept children into our Nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday and have intakes in September, January and April.
All 3-year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free Nursery provision, and in our setting those hours can be taken as morning or afternoon sessions, full days or a combination of full and half days. We offer the full 30 hours of funded sessions to those who are entitled (usually if you work for 16 hours a week or more), but parents also have the option to pay for extra sessions if they wish (£15 for a morning or afternoon session).
The Nursery class morning session runs from 8.50 to 11.50a.m., and the afternoon session from 12.00-3.00p.m. Many children stay for a full day from 8.50-3.00p.m. Children and parents come straight to the classroom door under the canopy when they are dropped off. The children are also collected from this door at the end of the session.
A Nursery day
During a typical Nursery session, the children come in and find their name card to self-register. Lunch boxes are put in the red box and coats and bags are hung up. The children are then free to access the activities and resources in the Nursery classroom, the Reception classroom and the outdoor area. As the children play and develop their friendships they are observed by our experienced staff who watch the children and play with them, and extend their thinking and learning through careful questioning, explanation and modelling language. There are 7 areas of the Early Years curriculum- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL), Physical Development (PD), Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD). Resources and activities which develop learning in all of these areas are always available throughout our setting. As a Catholic school we also teach RE and help the children learn that they are all special and all loved by God. During the course of the session the children may choose to come and have a snack of fresh fruit and vegetables with milk or water. Every session ends with a group time which includes a story and some singing.
Children who stay all day or who come for an afternoon session have their lunch with us. We ask that you provide your child with a healthy packed lunch that they can eat independently. It is also possible to order a ‘brunch bag’ from the school which includes a ham or cheese baguette, fruit, yogurt and a piece of cake or biscuit.
How we assess your child’s development and progress
We record and assess the children’s learning using the ‘Tapestry’ online learning journal. Parents are able to view what their child has been doing at Nursery through observations, photos and videos. You are also able to upload your own photos and videos of what your child has been learning at home, and we always enjoy being able to share in those special moments!
Each week we have 3 children who are our ‘Focus children’ for the week, and every adult in our setting gives these children a little more attention, and observes and notes all of their play and interactions. We let you know when it’s your child’s turn to be a ‘Focus child’ and you have the opportunity to suggest any areas of learning that you would particularly like us to focus on. We also give you a ‘Marvellous Me’ box that you can fill with family photos, a special toy and information about any special activities your child has been doing at home. Your child is then able to share this with us during their special ‘Show and Tell’ time that week. You are offered a meeting to discuss your child’s progress at the end of their focus week.
Children can come to school in their own clothes, but please make sure that their clothes are easy for them to manage independently when they go to the toilet- trousers or skirts with elasticated waists are ideal and skinny jeans and dungarees are not! Some children like to have a school Foundation Stage sweatshirt- these are available for sale from the school office. It is helpful for each child to have a named pair of wellington boots that they can leave at school to wear for outside play in wet or cold weather, although we do have some spare pairs of our own. Please also make sure that your child has a named coat with them at school if the weather is cold or wet, and a named sunhat if it is hot. We will always try to spend some time outside every day, even if it is raining. It is also important that each child has a bag they can leave at school containing some spare clothes just in case of accidents!
We accept that although most 3-year olds are able to use the toilet when they start Nursery, some children are still not quite ready and may come to Nursery in pull-ups or nappies. We will work with you to support your child at whatever stage they are at, so please let us know to enable us to work together to meet your child’s individual needs.
In line with our whole school policy, children are not permitted to wear jewellery, including earrings, to school.
The children are offered a snack and drink during the morning and the afternoon. We will provide the children with a piece of fruit or vegetable and milk or water to drink. You do not need to send any food or drinks to school with your child other than a healthy packed lunch if they are staying at school for a full day.
If you have any questions or would like to come and visit us, then please contact the school office or check our school website for information about our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Mrs Semple, Nursery Teacher Mrs Prior, Early Years Assistant.