Starting nursery is a great step in your child’s life. We want to do all we can to make them feel welcome and settled in our Nursery
At Holy Trinity C.E. Nursery we aim:
- To create a happy, stimulating environment where children will be encouraged and motivated to explore, discover and learn.
- To introduce young children to a wide range of experiences using practical learning opportunities appropriate to their ages and stages of development.
- To ensure every child’s self-esteem is developed and nurtured to the full within the Christian ethos of the school.
- To build positive relationships with parents so that together we may foster the emotional, physical and social development of their child.
We welcome you to our Nursery and look forward to developing our partnership in supporting you and your child.
What we offer;
We are a 60 place nursery offering 30 spaces per morning session and 30 spaces per Afternoon session.
The universal 15 hour funding can be taken over 5 Morning sessions, 5 Afternoon sessions or 2 and a ½ days. The Extended 30 hour entitlement is offered over 4 and a ½ days with the option of paying for the 10th session if it is required. Please refer to the charging policy for more information regarding prices.
Allocated sessions using the extended entitlement will need to be confirmed every term, you must apply via HMRC and bring your unique 11 digit code to the school office every term to secure your child's 30 hours space.
The Nursery Charging and Admissions policy can be found on our website.
Starting our Nursery;
For Children on our express of interest list, You will be contacted by the school office the term before your child turns 3 to discuss the sessions that you require and to arrange a visit to the nursery.
You can contact the school office at at time to add your child to the express of interest list. we allocate places in line with our admission policy. Sessions may be limited depending on availability.
We will talk about your child’s needs and interests and enable you and your child to meet the nursery teachers and teaching assistants. You will be invited for a tour of the nursery and the school. This is a good opportunity for us to begin to get to know your child so that we can begin their journey in our school.
Following this we will arrange a half hour “taster visit” for you and your child come and explore the nursery provision. This is a great opportunity for your child to get to know us and the nursery with you there to support them.
During this visit we will discuss and additional needs and arranged for your child’s first day.
In September for our new starters, we have staggered start dates over the first two weeks to allow children time to settle in with support from the adults in nursery.
Some children feel quite confident to come in straight away, ready to play and others may need a little more support at the beginning. Some children may stay for a shorter time at first, for example, if your child’s place is for full days it may suit them best to stay for the morning at first, build up to adding lunch time and then stay for the whole day.
All children are different, some children can take longer to settle than others and we will work with you to help your child during this time
Our school is committed to promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of school life based on the understanding that all people are different but equal. We seek to address issues of race, gender, culture and religion, wherever appropriate.
THE NURSERY SESSIONS;
Morning session – 8:45am to 11:45am
Parents are asked to bring children into the Nursery between 8.45 and 9:00am doors are closed promptly to allow the session to begin.
Lunch Session – 11:45am to 12:15pm
Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch from home or parents can order a school cooked lunch. See charging policy for prices.
Afternoon session – 12:15pm to 3:15pm
Parents are asked to bring children into the Nursery between 12:15pm and 12:25pm, doors are closed promptly to allow the session to begin.
THE NURSERY CURRICULUM
The Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
There are seven areas of learning.
The 3 Prime Areas-these build the foundations for the children to learn, form relationships and thrive.
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development.
The 4 Specific Areas- through which the Prime Areas are strengthened and applied.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
At Holy Trinity CE Infant School and Nursery, we aim to create a love of learning and help our children to develop the skills to become independent, resilient and creative learners.
We teach our children to become amazing learners using these secrets of successful learning:
Listen to others
Don’t give up
Try new things
Our Nursery Rules;
Our School values underpin all that we do in school and form the basis for our Nursery rules.
Kind hands, feet, words
Learning through play;
Learning through play is an essential part of the Nursery curriculum. We plan for a wide range of different types of challenging and stimulating activities to build on your child’s existing knowledge and expand it through new learning experiences.
We take into account a child’s individual needs, their interests and choices and there is a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities.
As the children play, they are exploring, making connections, finding out about the world around them.
Exploring dough, for example, provides many opportunities for learning and development. Squashing and squeezing the dough helps develop physical skills in readiness for writing.
Making cakes with the dough uses imagination and lets children act out real life experiences. There are opportunities to develop maths-talking about size, shape, counting and weight.
The adults in the Nursery play alongside the children and help extend the play, developing and modelling language and other skills, supporting children in developing their ideas.
We have lots of high quality resources and activities that form the core provision that is available to the children. This includes activities such as sand and water play, ride on toys outdoors, mark-making resources, construction toys and small world play amongst many others.
Topics and themes
We have termly topics that offer themes to explore and link to seasonal changes and some activities will be linked to these.
Our activities and themes also follow and build on children’s interests we have observed.
Activities could be inspired by a story the children love or begin with the children’s fascinations as they explore. For example, lots of children were enjoying exploring play with small world cars and this led on to a variety of activities linked to toys with wheels.
Flexibility is an important part of our Nursery planning.
The weather can also provide An icy day, for example, gives us an opportunity to explore this outside and can lead to more activities to explore develop understanding. Wondering where the ice came from, using our senses to explore and describing what we notice and observing changes. We can then plan activities to develop this further.
For example-Making our own ice, trying to free dinosaurs frozen in ice eggs, making paint ice cubes to explore mark making as they melt.
Themes for the week
On the door/notice board there is a weekly letter to let you know what is happening in Nursery which also tells you about our theme for the week. We also have a nursery section on the school’s weekly newsletter.
Your child is invited to bring things in that are related to our theme to show and talk about. You can also share in our theme at home, talking with your child and building on their experiences. For example, if you know that at Nursery we are thinking about Spring you could look out for Spring flowers, chat to your child about other signs of Spring, find Spring stories or information books at the library etc. This helps us work in partnership with you to build on your child’s learning.
The Nursery Staff keep records to show the progress your child is making. We will take photographs, make notes and observations to keep track of your child’s development and we gather examples of some of the things your child does in Nursery.
We use the Early Excellence Tracker (EExAT), an online system where you are able to login and see observations and photos of your child.
We welcome your contributions to your child’s learning journey and records.
Please share progress and developments you have noticed at home either online through the EExAT system with our “Notes from Home” (these can be found on the Nursery noticeboard).
We ask for a voluntary contribution of £3 per half term to cover baking and juice costs. Any profits will be used in Nursery to pay for nursery resources. There is a bag hanging on the parent information board in the cloak room for this collection.
Posting name card-self registration
As your child arrives at the start of the session they come in and post their name card. Each child has a special picture for their peg, drink and name card. The picture is on the back of your child’s name card and this helps them find it as they learn to recognise their name.
Choosing an activity
After your child has posted their name card they can then choose an activity for themselves.
Lots of different activities are always on offer-construction toys, role play, creative, computer, sand/water/dough. The children are also able to choose to explore and learn outside when “free flow time” begins.
Outdoors offers the chance to experience play activities on a larger scale and provides different opportunities for exploration-eg: construction with large bricks, painting with water on the ground, or physical play on the ride-on toys or climbing equipment.
As part of our Nursery routine the children are encouraged to be independent. This can be making choices about what activity they would like and in finding the equipment they need. We have different coloured aprons for different activities, eg. yellow for sand play,blue for water so the children learn how to do things for themselves.
Snack time and drinks
Snack is provided by school and we get a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.
There is a choice of milk, orange juice or water. The drinks are available during the session and your child can choose when they would like to have it. Sitting at the drinks table is a super opportunity to chat to the other children and we encourage them to choose a puzzle to do as they have their drink. The children find their own drink-looking for their special picture, and are encouraged to tidy away their cup or carton after they have finished.
At the end of the sessions we gather together to enjoys stories, songs and rhymes.
Routines are a valuable part of our Nursery session-helping the children feel secure and confident.
You as parents play a vital role in your child’s education and we look forward to working in partnership with you during these early years at school.
If you have any questions or worries about your child please do come in to discuss them with us.
You can help your child cope with the new world of nursery life if you will:
- talk to your child about coming to Nursery, about the things they will do and the people they will meet. (Remembering your “taster” visit)
- encourage your child to dress themselves as far as is possible. If your child can put on their own coat and just needs a little help with fastenings, they will be able to do things more independently, therefore building their confidence.
- help your child to learn to tidy away after themselves, packing away toys etc.
- help your child learn how to ask to go to the toilet properly, to flush it and to wash their hands as a matter of habit.
If your child can be unsure about using toilets in a new place (as some children are) you can help by taking them to the Nursery toilets as a matter of routine at the start of the session. We will always help a child who finds this aspect of self-care difficult.
We very much want you and your child to feel welcome and happy at Nursery. If you have any concerns or questions, please come to see us!
What to wear;
We have a simple uniform in the Nursery but we request that your child comes dressed in sensible, comfortable clothes suitable to cope with nursery activities. The children wear aprons for messy activities but please send your child in clothes that you don’t mind if they get paint on etc. Sleeves that can be pushed up or rolled up for water play and clothes without tricky fastenings (that make it difficult for them to go to the toilet independently) are ideal!
As outdoor play is such an important part of your child’s learning we like to get outside each day. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather.
Coats are important to bring each day regardless of the weather when you leave home as the weather is unpredictable.
Suitable hats/gloves and footwear for cold or wet weather and wearing sun cream in the Summer help us to make the most of the outdoors.
We would appreciate it if you name your child’s clothes-especially coats, hats, jumpers and PE plimsolls (black plimsolls all look very similar!).
We have regular opportunities to use the school hall for all sorts of games and physical activities.
Please can you provide your child with plimsolls in a named drawstring bag. These will be brought at the start of term and left at Nursery on your child’s peg. Storage space in the cloakroom is limited and drawstring bags are ideal as they fit easily on the coat hooks and make it easier for your child to hang their coat up. Perhaps you can practice helping your child learn how to take off/put on their shoes. Simple fastenings rather than laces help build your child’s confidence and independence as they are more able to do things for themselves.
BRINGING AND COLLECTING THE CHILDREN
At the start and the end of the session it is a legal requirement that there is an adult to adult hand-over. At all times the children need to be escorted to and from Nursery by a responsible adult.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum requires that the school needs to have written permission if your child is to be collected by another adult. You will be given a form to list the people to whom you give permission to collect your child. Please let us know of any changes to collection arrangements.
We would be grateful if you would ensure that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.
It is essential that the school have an emergency contact/telephone number other than your own in the event of illness/accidents etc.
- Smoking is not allowed on school premises.
- Please do not bring dogs into the school grounds.
- Please help to keep our Nursery grounds litter free.
ABSENCE AND ILLNESS;
Please inform us if your child is unwell, particularly if the illness is of a contagious nature.
In cases of sickness or diarrhoea please keep them off Nursery until 48 hours after the last “episode”.
Please keep the Nursery staff informed of any medical concerns that you have about your child.
PERSONAL ACCIDENT AND INSURANCE
The County Council would like to draw your attention to the fact that it only insures against injury caused to children as a result of negligence of the Authority, its servants or agents and does not insure to pay compensation following an injury suffered by a pupil. It is the responsibility of the parent to arrange and pay premiums for Personal Accident Insurance they require in respect of any injury caused or suffered by their child. Personal Accident Insurance is available through your usual broker.
Please note that very few County Councils provide Personal Accident Insurance so this isn’t something new. North Yorkshire just wish to clarify the position for parents.
Moving on to big school;
Most children in our nursery continue on in the school joining our Reception classes. During the Summer term before starting in Reception we begin to prepare them for their next step in their school life.
Before the children join the Reception class there is our “New Entrant’s” meeting. Parents find out more about their child starting school and the children spend some time with their new teacher. There then follows two afternoons when the children visit their new class.
Before this even happens we in Nursery begin to prepare the children for the move to school by building the familiarity of main school. The children already visit the Hall regularly for PE, they become to recognise where the Reception classrooms are as we pass by. The children have an informal look into all the Reception.