Nursery (3 - 4 years)

Nursery Teacher: Mrs Ruth Shah  BA (Hons)  PGCE
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: 8.50 am – 12.30 pm
Extended morning (includes lunch): 8.50 am – 2.00 pm
Full day: 8.50 – 4.00 pm

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 7.30am - Early Service
8.50am - Beginning of the day, register, calendar
9.10am - 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
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.

Early Years Free Entitlement
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education a week in the Nursery Class, from the term following their third birthday. This can be taken as 5 mornings x 3 hours per week (9 am – 12 noon), or 3 mornings x 5 hours per week (9 am – 2 pm).

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.

Ruth Shah, Nursery Teacher