Nursery is a child’s first experience of school life. At Field End Nursery we ensure that children feel secure and happy, and eager to explore the stimulating environment we provide. 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.
A Typical Day in Nursery
Our Nursery is organised into two classes, 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.
The Nursery day (a three hour session) consists of
A gentle, welcoming soft start from 8:30 until 9:00 or 12:30 – 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.
After about an hour 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 and cover 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.
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 include Ourselves, Colours, Transport , Animals, Numbers and Fantasy characters. In nursery children are introduced to Phonics using the letters and sounds programme focusing on the development of speaking and listening and awareness of sounds.