Hello and welcome to our
Introduction to Nursery Page
Thank you for your interest in our Nursery. Obviously things are all a little different right now given the current Covid-19 situation. Normally we would invite you to come into school and have a look around our Nursery and have a chat with staff – unfortunately this is not something we are able to offer right now but are hoping to be able to do again soon.
We currently offer 3 and 4 years old nursery places for either 15 or 30 hours dependent upon your entitlement. Timings for these sessions are as follows:
Mornings 8.45am to 11.45am or
Afternoons 12.15pm to 3.15pm
Monday - Thursday 8.45am – 3.15pm
Friday 8.45am – 12.15pm
Further details on 30 Hour Places can be found by following the link below:
How to Apply
We understand that there may be a lot of questions from parents as they begin to prepare for Nursery and we understand that at the moment it is particularly difficult for parents as we are unable to do all of our usual meetings and visits.
To help ease your worries and concerns we have tried to provide answers to some of the typical questions we get asked.
How can I help my child have the best start in Nursery?
First of all, you are your child's first teacher and you have already been doing great things together. Nursery is just a new step on your journey. From school's point of view we would love it if every parent did the following:
How do children learn in Nursery?
Most of what we do is very practical and play based but we do have daily adult led activities for letters and numbers.
You can follow your child's learning on Tapestry which is an online learning journal we will set up for you. Information about this can be found below in the Parent's Information Documents.
Where do I drop off my child each day?
At present due to social distancing, we are asking parents to 2m distance queue at the school gates and staff will greet and bring the children into Nursery.
Usually, parents bring children into the Nursery cloakroom area, hang up their coats and bags and then bring their children to the classroom door. A member of staff will be on the classroom door to greet your child and show them into the classroom where another member of staff will be waiting and welcoming activities await. Parents then leave via the cloakroom door.
Where do I pick up my child?
At their classroom door in the playground. The teacher will open the door and let each child out in turn to you. Please stand back so we can see you properly and so that we can see each child reaches their grown-up safely.
What time does school start and finish?
This depends upon your child's session, Nursery timings are shown above.
Can I drop my child off earlier?
Breakfast Club is available from 8am. There is information about Breakfast Club below.
Do you provide after-school childcare?
This is unfortunately not available for Nursery children but starts from Reception onwards.
What do I need to provide for my child?
We cannot stress enough that all items of clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name – sew on or iron on printed labels are best.
We will not have a chance of finding lost jumpers or cardigans that are not clearly labelled.
What will school provide?
What happens if my child has a toilet accident?
Wet ones will be dealt with as soon as we know about it and we will discreetly hand you the wet clothes at the end of the day. We will try our best with dirty ones but we may need you to come and clean your child up if they need more than a few baby wipes! Please wash and return any spare clothes school provides as soon as possible as we have a very limited supply.
Of course, we will not change your child if you have not given consent for us to do this. Consent forms are in the pack which you will be given when your child starts school.
My child is not fully toilet trained yet. What should I do?
First of all, please do not worry. We do know that some children find this trickier than others so please let us know on the day that your child visits if this is the case. We will always support toilet training in any way we can. We prefer that children wear pants to school if possible (provide lots of spares and some spare clothing and wipes) or your child can wear pull-ups.
Whilst we will provide support with toilet training, this is something that parents need to do.
How will I tell you who is picking up my child?
What happens if my child is crying when I drop them off?
We're used to it! Most children will cry at dropping off time at some point in the year as tiredness gets to them or they realise that they have to come to Nursery everyday! We will ask you to try and release yourself from them ASAP and we will help you with this by trying to distract them with stickers etc so that you can get out of the playground area. Please do not hang around, we promise you that they will be ok within minutes. We will call as soon as we can to let you know they have settled. We do understand how upsetting this can be for all concerned but from experience we know that, usually, the best thing to do is to hand your child over to a member of staff, say see you later and go.
My child does not speak much English yet, is this an issue?
We love that many of our children come from a variety of cultures. We are not concerned at all if your child is not speaking much English. However, the following English words and phrases are useful when they start nursery and it would be a good idea to practise them at home:
Will my child come home really dirty after a day at school?
We will use paint, chalk, water, sand, mud and the outside area can be dusty, so be prepared! We do provide aprons and water-proofs but children will be children and inevitably there will be some mess. Fortunately, we don't expect a pristine uniform after the first morning so don't put that pressure on yourself! Just know that they were having fun while they were learning. Rest assured that staff often get messy too and find that soaking clothes in cold water and using a stain remover usually gets most things out.
When will I hear about how my child is doing?
We regularly upload photographs and observations to your child's Tapestry Journal for you to see and comment on. There are further details about tapestry below. We have a parent/teacher consultation evenings to discuss how your child is settling in. We will always speak to you and update you before then and staff are always available to discuss matters or to make an appointment for longer discussions.
Great things to do before your child starts Nursery: