Nursery (3 - 4 years)

Nursery Teacher:  Mrs Tracey Mason – MA, BEd (Hons)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Sally Belson   NVQ 3

Our Nursery provides a happy, safe and stimulating environment, where our children thrive and learn, supported by adults who understand and care for them. 

Timings (Monday – Friday)

Morning session: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Extended morning (includes lunch): 9.00am – 2.00pm
Afternoon session:  1.00pm - 4.00pm
Full day: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Daily Routine Example

Our daily routine provides a balance between child-initiated and teacher-directed activities.  Through observation and interaction with each child and talking to the parents, we build a picture of the child’s abilities and interests, allowing us to plan for the next steps in their learning.

From 8.00am

Early Breakfast Service

8.50am

Beginning of the day, register, calendar

9.00am

Child initiated activities – the children choose an activity and the adults support them and extend learning opportunities by sensitive interaction and questioning

10.00am

Story/songs/rhymes

10.15am

Snack time

10.30am

Outdoor Play

11.00am

Introduction to group activities eg. sounds game, number activity, creative activity

12 noon

Music

12.30pm

Lunch – children and staff together in the hall

Outdoor Play

2.00pm

Group / individual activities eg. number games, junk modelling, Child initiated activity – indoors or outdoors

Story

4.00pm

End of day

4.00 – 6.00pm

Late Service

 

Specialist teachers deliver French, Music and PE lessons in order to sow the seeds of interest at an early stage.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is the statutory framework for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five.   

The EYFS identifies seven areas of learning: Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.  We plan a range of stimulating and fun activities to cover all areas of learning through topics which follow the children’s interests.  We also carefully plan the environment, both indoors and outdoors to enable the children to become confident, happy, independent learners with inquiring minds.

Indoor Environment

Our Nursery classrooms are bright and welcoming with displays of the children’s work. The rooms are set out in different areas, for role play, writing, cosy book corner reading, creative work, construction, sand and water play.  We have a wide range of stimulating resources which we encourage the children to access independently.

Outdoor Environment

Our Nursery classrooms are situated on the ground floor, with direct access to our outdoor area and garden, allowing us to take full advantage of our rural location.  Many children enjoy learning outside and we try to ensure that there are activities based outside during the day so that the children can take their learning outdoors if they prefer. We also make great use of the wonderful grounds of the Prep school to enhance the children’s learning, going on nature walks to observe the changes in the seasons, visiting the pond to look for creatures or visiting the school vegetable gardens to see what’s growing.

Joining Nursery Class

To make the transition from home to school a positive experience, we have a parent and child group in the Nursery on Friday afternoons.  The informal ‘come and play’ session allows children and parents to get to know the Nursery Teacher and the setting in a relaxed way.  Once registered for a Nursery place, the children visit for a session in the half term before they join us.  We encourage parents to share with us as much information as possible about their child before they start with us and we continue to involve parents as partners in their child’s education.  Children may start on a part-time or full-time basis, but we recommend a minimum of three morning sessions a week.

Free Early Years Education

Your child is eligible for KCC Free Early Education from the term after their third birthday.  All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free early education a week.  This can be taken as 5 mornings of 3 hour sessions or 3 mornings of 5 hour sessions or 2 full days.  You are not obliged to take up the full entitlement.  The school office will send you information about this when you enrol your child.  We will then process the application on your behalf. We need to take a photocopy of your child’s passport or birth certificate, so that we have evidence of their date of birth, one of the requirements that KCC insist upon. You will be asked to complete an update sheet at the end of each term for the following term. Please note that if for any reason you choose to increase your child’s sessions after the term has started, the additional sessions will not be eligible for FEE during that term.  We are also participating in the 30 hours free funding and, again, information about this will also be sent to you.  This funding is means tested and applications need to be completed by parents via the HMRC website.  If you are not entitled to this, you will still be eligible for the 15 hours free early education. 

Transition to Reception

Transition to Reception class is a natural progression for the children. Throughout the year Nursery and Reception classes often join together, for example to share resources in the outdoor area or to perform the Nativity play at Christmas.  The children get to know the Teacher and the classroom well before they move confidently into Reception in September.

Do come and visit us to see the wonderful things the children enjoy.

Tracey Mason, Nursery Teacher