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Introducing children to School Life

Nursery is a child’s first experience of school life. 
  • Our aim at Field End Nursery is that children feel secure and happy, and eager to explore the stimulating environment we provide. 
  • Our strength lies in building good relationships both with our children and their parents. 
  • We begin this process before a child starts our Nursery, with a visit to their home, where we can meet each child in their own familiar surroundings. 
  • Following this “home visit” children find transition into Nursery easier as we develop the link between our staff and your family.
Nursery Organisation

Our Nursery is organised into two classes in both the morning and afternoon, each of up to 30 children, with four adults for each class. 
  • All the adults in our Nursery are key workers to a small group of children. Their role is to build upon the relationship started in the home visit with each of their children (and their parents) whereby they ensure the child’s needs are being met. They will play alongside the children in their self-chosen activities as well as guiding children to activities they may not yet have tried.
  •  The key workers assess their children’s ability and decide the next step for each individual child in their group. Key workers will liaise with parents, giving regular informal feedback as well as more formal parent consultations for each child.
A Day at Nursery
The Nursery day (a three hour session) consists of
  • A gentle, welcoming soft start from 8:30 until 9:00 or 12:30 until 12:45 when children can explore all areas inside the Nursery. Key workers use this opportunity to spend quality one to one time with the children in their group. 
  • During the morning children are gathered together in small groups to focus on an aspect of learning. During this time children are encouraged to listen to each other’s ideas and to contribute to discussions and activities. Activities are exciting and practical ensuring coverage of all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
  • A Special Helper is chosen to do special tasks, and a Star of the Day is awarded to someone who has been especially kind or helpful. 
  • Following this quiet group time children may again explore all areas of the Nursery including the outside learning environment. 
  • Towards the end of the day’s session the class will gather together again for a story, in large and small groups.
The Curriculum
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and plan all our activities within this framework. 
Nursery staff have weekly meetings to plan stimulating activities which will engage the children and which are tailored directly to the children’s interests and needs.  
We use topics to deliver the curriculum in a meaningful and child-centred way. 
The topics we explore are Ourselves, Colours, Transport, Animals, Numbers and Fantasy characters.
Our Aims
Our main aim is that children develop personal and social skills and a sense of pride in their own achievements, and that they have a feeling of self worth. 
  • We enable children to develop early skills in all areas of the curriculum within a rich, stimulating environment.
  • We aim to help them develop the communication and language skills and the academic abilities that will help them in their life outside school and in their journey through Field End School.

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