Welcome to Nursery!
Hello and welcome to St Patrick’s Nursery we hope you and your child will be very happy here, here at St Patrick’s we use the Early Years Foundation Stage to provide a wide range of activities and experiences to motivate, excite and drive the children to learn whilst playing, helping them to develop extensive range of skills throughout the seven areas of learning.
We cover the seven areas of learning from the Statutory Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. These are:
The themes we will be following are:
Me, myself and I
Seasons and celebrations around the world
People who help us
In the Jungle
Living things and Minibeasts
The Seaside and pirates
We provide a safe and stimulating environment staffed by a highly qualified team to ensure the best for your child. We have a free flow continuous provision system where children can initiate their own learning, alongside some focus activities where children are supported to develop specific skills. In all our provision areas children can investigate and enhance the Characteristics of Effective learning.
We also have daily carpet times together where we sing songs, listen to a story, celebrate our 'pupil of the week’ and work on different skills together and build on our knowledge. Children in nursery have access to provision both indoors and outdoors.
Each child is allocated a key person which helps the child and their parents / carers to develop a good relationship with a specific member of staff. The key person will with the rest of the team help your child to settle into Nursery, track your child's learning and development, and support you and your child on their journey through Nursery eventually preparing your child for the transition to Primary School.
St Patrick’s Nursery are committed to Safer recruitment all volunteers and staff are vetted thoroughly and DBS checked (previously CRB) before and whilst working at the Nursery.
Parents / carers are encouraged to be part of the Nursery and you are very welcome to come and spend some time in the setting with your child, join in with activities, read to the children, bake cakes etc. We will send out letters with more information about these sessions. This gives the opportunity to see your child within the setting and to offer ideas / suggestions on how we can develop our Nursery.
Every month all parents/carers receive a newsletter, either in a paper or electronic copy. This is to ensure all parents and carers know what is going on and are fully informed, it includes a variety of information such as what we have planned for your children that month, dates for your diary, communication from the team and so much more. Find us on Twitter to give you a visual aid to the activities and experiences we are providing for your children should you choose to interact via the web.
We aim to help your child prepare for the world of education and value your support and collaboration (after all no-one knows your child as well as you do!). If you have anything you want to talk to us about please do, one of us is always available at the start or end of sessions so don't hesitate to speak to us.
If you are not collecting your child yourself please inform us or the office of the change and provide us with the name of the contact so we can inform your child and reassure them if necessary.
If your child is going to be absent please inform our office on: 01536 744447
Please dress your child in the correct uniform (no jeans, jewellery or inappropriate shoes) and make sure every item is clearly labelled with their name (we always try to match sweatshirts with the correct child but it isn't always possible).