Our Timetable 8.45/9.00 – Children arrive and play with the resources. 9.15/1.00/1.00 – Carpet time, this includes finding out what day it is, what the weather is like and discovering what is hidden in the learning chest. This is the time when we may split into smaller groups. 9.30/1.15/1.15 - Activities – The children can go inside or outside, adult focus activity and snack time. 11.25/2.40/2.40 - Tidy up time. Carpet time story and singing. 11.45/3.00/3.00 - Home time. 12.00/12.00 - Lunch time – Full time and afternoon children will sit down with their teachers and eat their lunch in the Nursery. 1.40/1.40 – Full time and afternoon children will all go outside for a short play, whilst one member of staff prepares the room for the afternoon. PLEASE BE PROMPT AT PICK UP AND DROP OFF TIMES
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage? The Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S.) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. We use a document called Development Matters.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development Children should primarily develop the 3 prime areas. These include:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development become self-confident; have awareness of their own feelings and feelings of others; take an interest in things; become independent; tell the difference between right and wrong. The children will be learning to:
Communication and Language talk confidently and clearly; show awareness of listener enjoy listening to stories, songs and poems, showing good attention; follow instructions; answer questions about stories The children will be learning to:
Physical Development move confidently; control their body; handle equipment. manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs including dressing and undressing independently The children will be learning to:
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These include:
Literacy The children will be learning to: hear and say sounds, and link them to the alphabet; recognise and write letters in their names. learn to use a pencil effectively.
Mathematics The children will be learning to: develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play; become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as 'heavier than' or 'bigger’; be aware of shapes and space.
Understanding the World explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it; build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for; find out about past events in their lives and their families' lives; find out about different cultures and beliefs. The children will:
Expressive Arts and Design colours and shapes; making things; role play; making music and singing songs The children will explore:
Monitoring Progress Observations of children at child- led or self chosen activities Teacher led activities Learning Journeys
If you need to discuss aspects of your child’s development and education, or his/her progress at Nursery, there will be termly parent’s evenings as well as appointment times made available every Wednesday, for parents to meet with Mrs Steer. If you are unable to make these appointments talk to Mrs Steer and a more convenient time will be arranged. The Wednesday slots will be; 2.30-2.40pm, 2.40-2.50pm and 2.50-3:00pm There will also be a Parent’s Evening in November.
Home LearningParents in Partnership How can I help my child learn at home?
Celebrations Reading Library Wow! Parent helpers and secret reader Hand-outs
MedicalMatters • Any sickness, diarrhoea, must be followed by 48 hours absence. • If your child is absent please call the school office to let us know the reason your child is absent. • If your child is feeling unwell, especially if they have been given Calpol for a temperature, please keep them at home until they have recovered, as illness amongst young children spreads quickly. Please alert staff to any • allergies your child has!
Travelling to Nursery Like the rest of the school, we encourage our children to find healthy ways to travel to Nursery – walking, scooting or cycling. So each day they will be asked which method they used and it is logged onto our interactive program ‘Travel Tracker’. Your child will have to complete three active trips to school every week in a month to gain that month’s badge.
Cycling and scooting to Nursery If your child rides their bike or scooter to Nursery, please ensure they DO NOTride within the school grounds. Please remember to walk bikes/scooters, from the school gates around to the Nursery entrance. Bikes and scooters can be left in the provided shelters.
Warning Please remember your child is your responsibility outside the Nursery. For your child’s safety, it is therefore important you accompany your child at all times and they are not permitted to run ahead of you and exit the school gates.
Our aim • Is to provide your child with many learning opportunities and experiences to prepare them for school and life. • We want to create a happy, positive, caring and trusting environment and have lots of fun on the way.