All Saints Nursery
Our School Nursery is located at the Children & Family Hub, Magpie Hall Road. It is a 5 minute walk from the main school, opposite St Paul with All Saints Church.
1. To create a happy, safe and nurturing environment where children develop their independence as learners.
2. To provide a curriculum which is exciting and motivates children to love learning.
3. To create an environment where children develop resilience, friendships and positive relationships.
4. To ensure that learning is accessible for all and that children’s individual progress is valued.
5. To provide a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment where children safely explore risks and challenge their own learning.
6. To work closely and collaboratively with parents in order to ensure we value home experiences and develop a true reflection of the whole child.
7. To effectively prepare children for the next stage in their school life.
Across our EYFS, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides prime and specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
· Personal, Social and Emotional Development
· Physical Development
· Communication and Language
. Specific Areas:
· Understanding the World
· Expressive Arts and Design
We also incorporate the characteristics of effective learning (COEL) into all teaching and learning experiences. The children are taught the skills required in the EYFS through termly topics which are coherently planned to build upon the children’s current knowledge and understanding by a cumulative sequence of lessons. The pupils are encouraged to wonder and ask questions about what they are learning and this information is used to plan subsequent lessons. Parents are regularly informed about their child’s progress through Tapestry and meetings.
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.
Through the delivery of a well-planned, child-led and challenging curriculum we aim that the pupils will leave the Nursery as independent learners, with transferrable skills needed to continue their learning journey in Reception Class. We aim that our pupils will leave our Nursery ready for the next stage in their education and ready for year R by:-
· Understand and using early numbers
· Having good personal, physical and social skills.
· Enjoying, listening attentively and responding with comprehension to familiar stories and rhymes.
· Demonstrating positive attitudes to learning through high levels of curiosity, concentration and enjoyment.
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.