Nursery

Welcome to Nursery!

Haley Callahan- Nursery Manager

Nursery Assistants - Lisa Hall, Lou Robinson, Sarah Crisp, Lisa Manwaring and Tina Salvage

A warm and engaging environment where children learn and grow.

In our Nursery, we believe passionately in providing high quality education and care in a safe, secure and healthy environment. Our children thrive through stimulating, challenging and creative play opportunities that build their self-esteem and foster independence. We value a child centred approach that promotes positive attitudes to learning and believe that every child deserves the very best start in life.

Sharing our love of stories

Exploring using our senses

Climbing in the woodland taking-risks

Settling in

Above all, we want children to feel safe and happy at nursery. We also want parents to feel welcome and involved from the beginning. We believe that children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious, so we always do our best to ensure the settling in period goes smoothly. Our settling in procedures have been devised to help parents and children feel calm, comfortable and reassured.

Before your first full session at Nursery we will invite you and your child to come into nursery for a 'stay and play'. Here your child will come and meet their teachers and some of their new friends. They get to explore both the inside and outside environment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents need to stay in the Nursery garden but this still gives your child the reassurance of having your near as they begin to take this next big step in their school journey.

Finding our own ways to paint.

Nursery fees, Sunrise and Sunset clubs

Nursery fees hourly rate £4.85/hour

SESSION TIMES

MORNING SESSION: 8.45 – 12.00 (3.25 hrs.)

LUNCH SESSION: 12.00 – 1.00 (not included in funded hours) £5.20

School dinner can be purchased for £2.10 via Parent Pay/Pack lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION: 1.00 – 3.30 (2.5 hrs.)

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NURSERY SUNRISE (with breakfast) 7.45 – 8.45 (£4.95)

NURSERY SUNRISE (after breakfast) 8.20 – 8.45 (£2.95)

SUNSET CLUB (without tea) 3.30-4.00/4.30 (£3.95)

SUNSET CLUB (with tea) 3.30-5.00/5.30 (£10.95)

Sunset and sunrise sessions must be booked through the Parent Gateway.

Click here for the Nursery Fees and Funding letter

Look at me go!

We have matching coats.

Building our new equipment!

Term 1

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller

This term our topic is ‘Autumn’ we will be exploring what this means and noticing what changes are happening around us in nature. We will focus on stories such as The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and think about what is happening to our seeds. We will be going on nature walks in the woodland to see what signs of Autumn we can spot. If you and your family go out on any walks please feel free to bring in any findings from your adventures.

As many of us are coming together for the first time in nursery after a long while we will be focusing on how to play together, and share with others. We will find out how we can best collaborate whilst developing relationships with our new classmates and teachers. We will be focusing on stories such as Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, and thinking about why did he decide to listen to the octopus, and why did sharing help him make friends. As we are Rainbow Fish class we will come up with some ideas of what we can do to be just like rainbow fish!



Term 2

"It's the most wonderful time of the year"

This term our topic is ‘celebration’ we will be looking at different celebrations from around the world and talking about how this year we might celebrate a little different. First looking at bonfire night exploring using the e-story "Sparks in the Sky", and thinking about the sounds and sights of fireworks. After that we will look at different celebrations such as diwali, thanksgiving, St. Nikolas Tag, and Christmas.

Alongside our planned topics in nursery we like to follow the children's interests. We began discussing superheroes, and their superpowers. Through carpet time discussions we decided that a superhero is someone who does hard things and is brave. The children then came to the conclusion that we are all superheroes in our own way. We have been discussing what our superpowers might be and what makes us special. During storytime we have been reading the "Supertato" stories by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet to explore different superheroes and supervillans. The children have been busy designing their own capes, and making their own "evils peas". It's such a joy to see the children imaginations at work and being inspired by the pages of a book.

Term 3

This term we have been looking at traditional tales and different versions of the same story. We are then trying to find out which version of the story is the truth. We started looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs. We built three different types of houses and then tried to blow them all down! Next we will look at Little Red Riding Hood and bake some treats for someone special in our lives. Next we are looking at The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We are designing bridges, counting sets of three, and retelling the story using our very best troll voices! Not only is it amazing watching the children engaging with these stories, but we are watching them become so engaged online!

Along side our topic children continue to explore their interests. Some of the nursery children have been interested in space and all the planets. While others have been interested in farm animals. The class room and google classroom has been filled with exploration, imagination and excitement!

Term 4

We are so excited to be back together this term and have spent a lot of time getting to know all of our nursery routines and have been so busy playing with our friends again. We have been reading the story "What We'll Build" by Oliver Jeffers and learning about all the different things we can do with our hands. We found out that "our hands are so busy" and we can use them to draw, paint, and explore!

Later in the term we looked at different jobs people do. We asked questions like "How do kids become rock and rollers" and "how do you grow up to be a builder". We decided that some of us wanted to be teachers, fire fighters, tree surgeons, chocolate makers and ballerinas!

Term 5

In term 5 we are going to question if there is strength in weakness and explore this topic using the stories "The Lion Inside" by Rachel Bright and Jim Field, "The Selfish Crocodile" by Faustin Charles and "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson.

We are going to look at the animals who over came challenges using their strengths and think about what our strengths are. We love playing with animals so we are going to look at different animals and investigate where they live and build some different houses for the animals to keep the safe and warm. We are going to see how different animals move around and what noises they make.

Our new garden has finally finished and we can't wait to see all the wonderful things we do in our new space!


Term 6

This term we are learning all about the seaside! We are going to be looking at what happens under the water and learn all about different sea creatures as well as thinking about what happens on the beach! We will read stories all about different fish like Tiddler by Julia Donaldson as well as revisiting The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Using the story Duffy's Lucky Escape by Ellie Jackson we are going to think about why it's so important to throw our rubbish in the bin and why we need to keep our beaches clean. Towards the end of term we are going to think about different things we might do on the beach and think about some special holidays we have been on, or some we might be going on this summer! We can't wait to see where our learning takes us.


We are busy thinking about school transition for some of our older children. We have our new school uniforms in the dressing up corner to practice getting ready and we are free-flowing with the current reception class everyday in order for us to get used to the new classroom!