Admissions and Sessions
Children are entitled to 15 hours per week free early education sessions, the term after their second birthday.
We offer a choice of two different sessions;
- 5 mornings from 8.35am until 11.35am or
- 5 afternoons from 12.25pm until 3.25pm
Parents also have the opportunity to purchase extra sessions to extend their hours.
See admissions policy.
Transition and Settling in
As children are getting ready to come to nursery it can be a very exciting time, we understand that this also means lots of change, which can sometimes be difficult. Effective transitions need to be carefully planned and require commitment from staff at school and parents/carers at home.
Before your child starts at school there are many things that will happen to help ensure your child’s transition is smooth. You will meet with Pre-Nursery/Nursery/Reception staff and visit the learning environment and have the opportunity to attend ‘Stay and Play’ sessions to experience how we play. You will receive a transition photograph book containing pictures of the learning environment and adults in the room that you can share with your child at home.
Initially your child’s sessions will be shorter to allow them to get used to spending time with us, it is important to remember that every child is different and we have to create a transition that suits them.
Every child will have a key person in nursery. The key person is responsible for observing, planning, recording and tracking children’s progress. The relationship between a child and their key person is very special as it is here they find the security to build their confidence and become competent learners.
Each key group will join together throughout the day to talk and plan the children’s learning and also enjoy snack time together. When your child first attends school we will pay close attention to which adult they feel happy and safe with and usually this will be their key person.
The key person system is not just for the children, it is also to provide parents and carers with someone to share information, achievements, concerns and worries. You can speak to your child’s key person at any time. The key person role is very important in developing positive relationships and we give high priority to making and sharing time for our families.
The most important thing to consider when dressing your child for school is that they are comfortable enough to play. We have a simple and comfortable uniform that we would encourage you to dress your child in for nursery; a school jumper that can be purchased at the school office and tracksuit bottoms.
Playing is often a messy business so your child may need to be changed, we ask that you provide a change of clothes for these instances.
No matter what the weather we enjoy playing outside. We ask that you please dress your child appropriately for the weather. Warm clothes and coat for cold days, we have waterproof suits and wellies here for when it gets rainy. Cool clothes, a sun hat and plenty of sun cream for those sunny days.