Welcome to the Nursery Class
Early Years Lead & Nursery Teacher - Miss Milnes
Nursery Teacher- Miss Howie
Reception Teacher - Miss McGrath
Nursery Teaching Assistant- Mrs Preston
Reception Teaching Assistant- Miss Ward
Welcome to our nursery page. At Whitehill we work as a foundation unit, which means that we share our learning environment and classroom with our lovely Reception class. As teachers we work collaboratively to plan and enhance all the areas of the classroom to provide exciting learning opportunities for all of our pupils. We are a small foundation unit of only 33 pupils (11 Nursery pupils 22 Reception Pupils).
We are committed to creating an atmosphere of care, respect, learning and fun which radiates throughout our foundation stage. Learning through exploration and play is the main focus of our nursery day as we believe this is the best and most natural way for children to learn (please see our Nursery Timetable below). Play allows children to explore, investigate, recreate and test everything they know, as well as make sense of what is new. Children are encouraged to make use of our outdoor play area to extend their play and learning in natural environments.
Working with Parents
Working in partnership with parents is key to our approach; we encourage any and all feedback and parent involvement, beginning with our home visits and settling in sessions. Once your child attends our setting we update parents regularly using Tapestry (an online app). Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us. You can find out more or log in (if you have an existing account by following the link: https://tapestry.info/
We also invite parents into school once per half term to a class assembly, to consolidate and share our learning.
Our next parent assembly will be on: Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 2.45pm
Choice of Sessions
We can be flexible to your needs as a parent therefore we offer you the choice of sessions. If you are entitled to 30 hours childcare we now are offering full time places and additional wrap around care if required. To find out if you are entitled to a 30 hour place please follow this link:
We'd love to invite you to meet our team and explore our nursery for yourself! Please contact us to arrange a visit.
We ask that all parents/carers come in with their children to help settle them in and begin their 'busy jobs'. Please remember that the morning session starts at 8.50am and registration closes at 9.00am. The afternoon session begins at 12.10pm and closes at 12.20pm. In circumstances where you arrive later than this you will be required to register your child at the school office. Being prompt for school allows children to settle better and engage in their morning tasks such as; finding coat pegs, self registration and fine motor activities.
The children have a choice of fruit and milk or water for their daily snack. We ask for a contribution of £1 a week towards this and towards other materials needed, such as; play dough and messy play ingredients.
Your children will spend a considerable amount of time engaging in the continuous provision and may get messy please bare this in mind and send a change of spare clothes. We also ask that you send a pair of wellies to school with your child, as we are out in all weathers.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children from birth to 5. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all 7 areas.
PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings.)
CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding.)
PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care.)
LIT - Literacy (reading and writing.)
MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measure.)
UTW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology.)
EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative.)
You can find a copy of the development matters online at: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf
What to expect and when?
It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children's learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child's development through the different age bands of the EYFS.
What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children's learning and development.
This latest addition to the EYFS suite of materials is available to download as a free pdf.
You can find a copy of what to expect and when online at: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf
In Nursery we follow phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, when we begin learning our letter sounds we follow Read Write Inc. Phase One falls largely within the Communication, Language and Literacy area of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In particular, it aims to develop listening skills it also supports the process of sounding the letters of the alphabet.
Literacy in the early years includes talking about books and how to use them, print in the environment and the importance of print, gross and fine motor activities all facilitate early mark making and writing processes. When we share and read books we try to get as much enjoyment and learning out of the book as possible using a variety of methods and activities.
Early numeracy approaches aim to develop number skills and improve young children’s knowledge and understanding of early mathematical concepts and language. Activities in this area might be structured, for example through programmes designed to develop children’s ‘number sense’ (their developing understanding of quantity and number), or more informal, for example, using mathematical games, songs, or pretend activities involving counting.
Our current topic is 'who lives on a farm?'
Every Thursday morning Nursery go into our forest for their 'Forest School' lessons.
What is Forest School?
Forest school sessions offer the chance to take learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. Children are given an opportunity to learn in a new way and within a new environment.
There are opportunities for children to try more risky activities such as tree climbing and building fires. This adds a sense of excitement and adventure for the children, who are free to explore and manipulate the environment around them using all of their senses. The weather has no impact upon forest schools, whether it be rain or shine, snow or winds, the children will be outside making the most of the experience. This is especially fun for children who tend to be sheltered in bad weather as they are given the chance to get mucky and wet!
For more information regarding Forest School please refer to our Forest School page.
Forest School Spring 2018
Forest School Autumn 2017
Please download our parent leaflet here...
Autumn 1. Marvellous Me
Diwali Celebrations 2017
Autumn 2. Winter Wonderland
Nursery and Reception's visit to Mini Moose Land
Nursery had a fantastic time at Mini Moose Land. We endured the Arctic temperatures to enjoy playing in the snow. Thank you for all of our parent helpers who made the trip possible!
Highlights from this term...
Nursery and Reception's visit to Greg Street Park
Nursery had a very frosty time at Greg Street Park. We once again endured the Arctic temperatures to enjoy playing in the snow and most importantly hunted for Stick-men! We found lots of members from the stick family tree and had a great time on the park. Thank you for all of our parent helpers who made the trip possible!