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Life in the Nursery

Opening Hours
The Nursery is open for 50 weeks of the year from 8am to 6pm daily.  The Nursery closes for two weeks over the Christmas period and is closed for all public holidays.
The Nursery Team

The management team comprises of Mrs Jan Dorney, Head of Early Years and Mrs Tina Ross, Deputy Nursery Manager.

The wider Nursery team members are all qualified at Level 3 and above and hold qualifications in:

• Early Years Professional Status
• Qualified Teacher Status
• Degree in Early Years
• Level 5 in Childcare
• Level 4 in Childcare
• Level 3 in Childcare

Daily Routine

Daily Routine
Sessions Available

  • Full Day​​​:​     8am to 6pm
  • Morning Session​:     ​8am to 12.30pm
  • Afternoon Session​:​     1.30pm to 6pm

During the day, a range of activities take place:

8am Nursery opens
8.30am Breakfast
9am to 11.30am Playtime to enhance children’s learning including outdoor play
11.30am to 12.15pm Lunchtime

12.30pm

We say farewell to our morning session children, and for those staying, it’s time for nap and some quiet activities
1.30pm The afternoon session begins and we say hello to children who are with us for the afternoon
1.30pm to 3.40pm Playtime to enhance children’s learning including outdoor play
3.45pm Afternoon tea
4.15pm Playtime to enhance children’s learning including outdoor play  
5.30pm Preparation for home
6pm Home time
Activities

There are lots of activities in Nursery for our children to enjoy and these include:

  • Daily Storytime and Song & Rhyme
  • Sensory Play
  • Sand & Water Play
  • Painting
  • Outdoor Play 

Children also benefit from access to the wider School resources and enjoy:

The Outdoor Classroom 
This is where children can listen to stories by a member of the Nursery team as well as enjoy lots of fun activities including planting and ‘Bubble Discos’

Forest School
Forest School is where they can explore the outdoors and have lots of fun within the wooden, enclosed area.

Play Areas
Children have access to the wider play areas within the School including the Pirate Ship play area within Prep.

Walks within the Wider School Grounds

Meals

The Nursery chef prepares and cooks breakfasts, hot cooked lunches and teas onsite in the School kitchen.  Our menus are nutritionally balanced with input from the Nursery team and Catering staff.

As everything is made of the premises, specific diets and allergies are easily accommodated.  Weekly menus are displayed and children have access to fresh drinking water at all times of the day.

All meals are included within the fees, along with formula milk for babies up to one year of age.

Celebrating Children’s Achievements

​It is important to recognise and celebrate children’s achievements as this develops their self-esteem.  Positive reinforcement is key to helping children build their confidence and we like to celebrate moments and achievements within the Nursery.

In the Toddler room, the Nursery team use the ‘Mr Tumble’ display during the course of the day to celebrate individual children’s achievements. The child’s picture is hung on the display and the children give a celebratory clap for those who may have been kind, tidied up well, or used the potty for the first time.

‘Precious Moments’ are moments that we ask parents to share with us when their child does something for the first time at home, which are then shared and celebrated with their friends at Nursery. 

School Nurse
The School has an onsite full-time Nurse who oversees all medical matters and is available daily during term time, to advise staff and support families.  
Sleep
Members of the Nursery Team will talk to you about your child’s usual sleep routine as we will look to continue with the same routine in the Nursery and maintain consistency as much as possible.  If your child has a comfort object they are welcome to bring this in with them.  If your child does not require a daytime rest, quiet activities will continue as normal away from sleeping children.
Toileting
Nappies and changing products are provided by the Nursery. Your child’s key person will be responsible for your child’s regular nappy changing. As your child begins to show an awareness of their own bladder and bowel urges, they will be supported in using the potty and then the toilet. This is a very important step towards your child’s independence. It is our expectation that we will work together so that children should be able to use the toilet independently before they enter Pre-Prep.