3 & 4 Year Olds

Children enter the main nursery at the start of the term following their 3rd birthday. All parents are contacted during the previous term to check that they still want the place.

Parents of children who have attended the rising 3s group & those who have not are invited to an induction meeting towards the end of the term before the child joins the nursery for 5 sessions a week.

Before the term begins arrangements will be made for the child’s key person & another member of staff from the group to visit the family at home. This gives the child the opportunity to begin to get to know their key person in familiar surroundings, and gives the parent/carer the opportunity to talk to staff about their child and ask any questions about the nursery. During this visit the child’s start date will be given.

New children enter the nursery on a staggered basis. This allows each child’s key person to spend time with every child as they settle. Parents/carers are asked to stay with their child at first whilst they become familiar with the large new environment & staff. When parents/carers first leave their child they will be asked to leave them for a short time at first & remain in the building. As the child settles parents/carers will leave them for increasing lengths of time until the child is attending for the full session. As all children are different it is impossible to say how long they will take to settle into the full session. Each child’s key person will work with the parent/carer to settle the child happily into the nursery.

The nursery children are divided into 3 groups. Each group is staffed by one teacher, 2 early years practitioners (EYP) & a teaching assistant (TA). All the staff are qualified or working towards a qualification to work with young children.

3 & 4 year olds spend 3 hours per day in the nursery, either attending the morning or afternoon sessions. There is no charge for these sessions.

The session times are:      8.30-11.30 am      and    12.30- 3.30 pm.

The nursery curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document. This curriculum precedes the National Curriculum which is followed in primary & secondary schools. The curriculum is play based with children learning by following their own interests, supported by knowledgeable adults.

The nursery is laid out in 4 areas of learning:

There are 3 homebases; Robins, Starlings and Swans, each with up to 30 children in each session. Each group is staffed by a teacher and two early years practitioners and a teaching assistant. The nursery is divided into four areas of learning and the groups rotate round these areas on a fortnightly basis. The fourth group is run by staff who are employed to support children with special educational needs. This group is the rainbow group and the staff work with individual or small groups of children who need additional support, taken from the 3 homebase groups.

In the green room the equipment and activities support the development of the children's understanding of the world. They can play with sand, build and construct using kits & recycled materials and carry out investigations! There is also a library area where the children can sit quietly & look at a book or share a book with their friends or staff. Green room has our interactive white board.

In the yellow room the emphasis is on mathematical activities eg, counting, comparing, shape. There is a home corner where children can play imaginatively, either alone or with thier friends.

The blue room is the creative area, where the children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of painting, sticking, malleable and musical experiences. Water play  is also in this room.

Each room has a markmaking area, where the children can use a variety of tools. They may be experimenting, drawing or writing in their own ways. A computer is available in each of the 3 rooms, where children can play educational games.

Children are developing their language skills, speaking & listening as they work with adults & their friends in all areas of the nursery.

In the garden the children have the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills and also to experience activities from all areas of the foundation stage curriculum, including their personal, social and emotional skills.

Most activities you will see the children involved in at the nursery will cover more than one area of the curriculum. At this age the children's learning is not divided into subjects, the children are simply having fun and this is the way they learn best.