Our nursery provides 50 places with some on a full-time basis. There is a morning and an afternoon session. Places for Nursery can be applied for through our school and all Reception places are applied for directly through the Learning Trust.
For full details of Reception application and admission please go directly to the Learning Trust website www.learningtrust.co.uk
The children in our Nursery and Reception follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum underpins all future learning. We offer our children the opportunity to learn through a wide range of rich, meaningful and multi-sensory practical experiences, in both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Children learn best through play based activities and first-hand experience. Every child deserves the best possible start in life. In the Foundation Stage, we aim to give this by looking at what the children can do and supporting them to fulfil their potential, we get to know their individual interests and needs. We aim for the children to become independent learners through the provision of a balance of child initiated and adult led experiences.
Through continual and careful observation and assessment of the children, we are able to plan meaningful, motivating and personalised learning which the children can enjoy and be challenged by.
Within the Early Years Foundation Curriculum there are four key themes, which underpin seven areas of learning:
The four key themes are:
A Unique Child
The principle of the theme is – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
The principle of the theme is – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The principle of the theme is –
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development
The principle of the theme is – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
The seven areas of learning are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and language
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
Each child in our Nursery and in our Reception classes is allocated a Key worker.
A Key Worker is responsible for liaising with the child’s parent/carer, informing the parent/ carer of activities in which the child has participated.
S/he has the responsibility for monitoring your child’s development in the areas of learning outcomes. S/he will interact with all the children but will get to know their allocated children well. Your child’s Key Worker’s name will be available to you and published where you can see it.
Your Child’s Development
In Nursery and Reception all children have their own profile book. This very special book shows how your child is learning, interacting and developing in all areas of learning.
The team of adults working in Early Years will get to know your child well. They will get to know them as a unique child with special skills, interests and ideas. The more they get to know your special child, the better they can support them in the right way.
We value parents and carers contributing to your child’s profile book and sharing in their learning. We welcome you talking with your child about this book, sticking in family photographs or other things of significance to your child.
We will regularly look through this book with your child to remind them of happy and exciting times. This provides them with a starting point for talking about shared memories. When ready, your child can also choose to put things that are important to them in their book.
The profile book will include photographs, observations and work by your child. Family involvement in the profile book is crucial to build a picture of your child’s learning and development.
To view the most recent Early Years’ parent/carer questionnaire, please click here.
For further information on the Early Year’ curriculum, please click here.