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Nursery

Plum Classes (morning and afternoon)

 

Mrs R Risby-Tester

EYFS Lead

Acting KS1 SENCO

Mrs P Howes

Nursery Nurse

 

Ms K Thompson

Nursery Assistant

 

Mrs V Turner

Nursery Nurse

 

 

Our Nursery has capacity for 60 children with 30 places per session:

  • Morning                     8:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon                  11:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.
  • Wrap around care     2:45 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.

 

It is very important that your child attends regularly in order for them to form good relationships with the adults and other children in the class and to benefit fully from the activities we provide.

 

If for any reason your child cannot be collected on time, or if someone different will be collecting him/her, we would appreciate you telephoning us on 01293 582301.

 

 

Illness

 

Please do not send your child to Nursery if he/she is unwell. Please ring the school to let us know your child will not be attending.

 

Our school has a policy regarding sickness and diarrhoea which states that children should not return until 48 hours after the last bout.

 

Should your child become ill whilst with us, we will telephone you to come and collect him/her. Please ensure that we have at least 2 emergency contact numbers in case we are unable to reach you at home.

 

 

Uniform

 

Some parents choose to dress their child in school uniform but this is not a requirement.

 

Click below to visit our Uniform page for more information about sports and PE kit.

Snack

 

Children are provided with toast, fruit and milk each day.

 

 

Principals of Early Years Education

 

Early Years education should:

 

  • Build on what children already know and can do

 

  • Ensure that no child is excluded or disadvantaged

 

  • Be carefully structured

 

  • Take place in a well-planned and well-organised environment that gives children rich and stimulating experiences

 

We believe that all children will grow together as independent learners, exploring through play and first-hand experiences in a safe, happy and stimulating environment as they begin their learning journey at Northgate Primary School.

 

We understand that education begins in the home and we realise this may well be the first time that you have shared this responsibility with anyone else. Should you have any worries or questions about your child at any time, please do not hesitate to come and discuss them with us. We see you as a partner in educating your child – you are the one who knows your child better that anyone and we welcome any advice you can offer.

 

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 

3 prime areas: these are the most important areas of learning and without them children cannot succeed in the specific areas.

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development which focuses on children becoming self-confident and self-aware; adapting to change and following rules; learning about feelings and behaviour; making relationships with others outside their family.

 

  • Communication and Language which focuses on children developing speaking, listening and attention skills.

 

  • Physical Development which focuses on children developing physical control in indoor and outdoor environments, both in small and large movements and developing an awareness of space.

 

4 specific areas:

 

  • Literacy provides children with a love of books and the foundations for early reading and writing skills.

 

  • Mathematics focuses on numbers, shape, space and measures and which provides the foundations of numeracy.

 

  • Understanding the world develops children’s understanding of people in the wider community, an awareness of the world and the use of ICT.

 

  • Expressive arts and design focuses on the development of children’s imagination and the exploration and use of different media and materials to express ideas and feelings.

 

 

How to help your child settle into school

 

Skills: things children can do

  • Communicating – expressing their needs clearly
  • Self-help skills – using the toilet, washing their hands, putting on their own coat etc
  • Listening
  • Sharing
  • Investigating
  • Experimenting
  • Observing
  • Predicting

 

Attitudes and Feelings: the way children approach things

  • Confidence
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Curiosity
  • Sense of enjoyment
  • Care and respect
  • Perseverance
  • Motivation

 

Concepts: things that have to be understood

  • Being one of a large group of children
  • Taking turns and sharing
  • Consideration for others
  • Understanding the need to listen
  • Self-esteem / positive self-image
  • Cause and effect; for example, if they don’t roll their sleeves up their jumpers will get wet!
  • Symbol recognition

 

Knowledge: things children can know

  • They are valued as individuals
  • They are safe and secure
  • All adults will help them
  • Names of staff and other children
  • Their own space; for example, their coat peg
  • Geography of the Foundation Stage Unit inside and out
  • Daily routines
  • Where resources are kept
  • Expectations
  • How to take responsibility; for example, tidying up
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