All Saints Nursery is dedicated to providing a happy, supportive and welcoming environment for the children and families who attend. At All Saints School and Nursery we embed the values of Achieve, Respect, Include, Support and Enjoy into our daily lives. Our school and Nursery are dedicated to providing the best possible education for every pupil in a stimulating, safe and nurturing Christian environment. We are committed to collaborating with families to provide outstanding outcomes for all of our children. Children and their families are at the heart of everything we do.
All Saints Primary School Nursery opened in September 2018. We welcome children from the age of 2 – 4 years and we run a morning session from 9.am – 12pm and an afternoon session from 1pm – 4pm. We offer 15 hours funded sessions and some 30 hours funded sessions for children who have turned 3.
We are a term time nursery and have the same term dates as the main school.
The nursery is led by a qualified teacher, supported by a team of experienced nursery nurses.
Nursery & EYFS Manager – Miss Akrill
Nursery Teacher – Miss O’Connor
Nursery Nurses - Catia Balice
Each child will be assigned a key person. Having a ‘key person’ means that each child has a special adult in the setting. Over time this adult can really get to know the child and ‘tune in’ to their needs, moods and interests. A child’s key person will ensure each child receives a warm welcome each day. They will also work to build positive relationships with parents, sharing information about what children have been up to at nursery and how we are supporting their learning. Although children will have one ‘key person’ all the staff will work as a team to support your child to stay safe and happy and to develop and learn.
We are keen to work with you to ensure that your child settles quickly and thoroughly enjoys their time with us. We will be inviting you and your children to visit the nursery before they start for settling in sessions. There will be an opportunity to speak to the nursery team and for you to share information with us about your child, their interests, developing skills, likes and dislikes. Providing us with this valuable information will really help us to relate to and meet your child’s individual needs right from the start. Children will have a chance to explore and play in their new nursery classroom and meet their new teachers.
How can I help prepare my child for nursery?
It helps if you continue to talk about nursery in a positive manner – keep reminding your child of all the fun activities that will be on offer and all of the new friends that they will make. We want you and your child to be happy and will work with you to find the best way to settle your child into nursery so they feel relaxed, secure and enjoy the range of activities that will be provided. If at first you are worried about your child then please feel free to ring the school to confirm how they are getting on.
What will my child be doing?
We strongly believe that young children learn best through play. We organise each day so that children will be engaged in a balance of adult initiated and child initiated (freely chosen) activities inside and outdoors. There are daily singing, prayer and story times.
A rich a varied environment supports children’s learning and development. Our classrooms are organised into different areas so that children can take part in a range of experiences. The areas include:
Art and craft area – This area includes a variety of paints, papers, pens and junk modelling items allowing the children to express their creative side.
Role play -This area allows the children to take on a role, dress up and recreate familiar scenes, such as feeding a baby or cooking dinner.
Book area – This area allows the children to either share stories or rhymes with friends or adults.
Construction and small world area – This area includes the small world toys such as farm, jungle animals, train track and cars as well as a variety of building bricks and blocks.
Investigation area – Here the children will have access to sand, water and other sensory materials such as gloop and playdough.
Music area – This area allows children to explore a range of musical instruments as well as singing and dancing.
Garden area – Being outside gives children the freedom to run, jump and climb. They get to exercise and develop their gross motor skills. They can also take part in the same activities as inside but often on a larger scale.
We are lucky to be able to join in with special events and enrichment days at the main Primary School, where appropriate.
What will my child be learning?
How will I know how my child is getting on?
We are always friendly and approachable so if you ever have any questions please ask. We are always keen to share your child’s achievements with you. Each child will have an online ‘Learning Journal’ celebrating their learning journey.
Throughout their time with us we will add photographs, written observations by staff and samples of the children's mark making to their Tapestry journal. You will quickly be able to see just how busy your child is whilst they are at nursery and all the exciting activities they are engaged in. You will have access to your own child's journal and will even be able to add their learning from home.
What should my child wear?
Nursery can be a messy place with paint, glue, water and sand. We encourage the children to use aprons but accidents do happen so please bear this in mind when dressing your child for nursery. All children need to bring a spare set of clothes in a labelled bag to be kept on their peg during their session. Each child needs to bring a pair of indoor shoes such as a pair of slippers in their nursery bag each day.
We want to encourage independence and so children need to wear clothes they can get in and out of when using the toilet. Shoes should be sensible flat shoes so that children can walk and run safely when playing outside. To support independence children’s shoes should have fastening that children can do themselves or with a little support.
Children will have the opportunity to learn through play outside every day, so please ensure that they come with clothing appropriate for the changeable weather. We ask that children bring wellies so that they can play on the wet ground and splash in the puddles when it’s raining.
ALL CLOTHING MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME
What should my child bring to nursery?
A spare set of clothes
A pair of indoor shoes
A waterproof coat
Nappies (if used) and wipes in a named bag
A sunhat and suncream in hot weather
What if I have any concerns or worries?
If you ever have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to us. We welcome any comments or suggestions, which could help us to ensure we are providing the best learning experiences for your child in order for them to ARISE. (Achieve, Respect, Include, Support and Enjoy). We look forward to welcoming you soon and to working in partnership and enabling your child to achieve their potential.