Our Nursery runs from 9am-4pm daily and we also offer wrap-around sessions from 8am-9am and 4pm-6pm. We offer both 15 hour and 30 hour places. We currently have capacity for 35 Nursery children per session.
How to Apply
Apply online at www.sthelens.gov.uk/admissions or come directly to our school office.
Children are allocated a place in nursery the term after their 3rd birthday:
Autumn term- September (Children who are 3 from May – end of August)
Spring Term- January ( Children who are 3 from September – end of Dec)
Summer Term-April (Children who are 3 from January – end of April)
Currently all 3 year old children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare. From September 2017 some children may qualify for 30 hours free nursery entitlement.
Parents as Partners
We recognise that parents are children’s first and most enduring educators and we value the contribution they make. We recognise the role that parents have played, and their future role, in educating the children. Parents have daily face to face contact with their child's Key Person. We hold regular parent workshops. We provide parents with weekly updates via Class Dojo and upload photographs throughout the week. Parents are invited to join evidence me so that they can view weekly observations of their child's learning. Children's next steps are shared so that parents can work on their targets at home too.
The key worker approach is aimed at enabling and supporting close attachments between children and practitioners. Attachment provides a sense of security so that children can become confident, independent and capable young learners.
All children are assigned a Key Person who works closely alongside both children and staff. Key Persons record observations on Evidence Me which are available for parents to view.
A UNIQUE CHILD
We recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways, at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use positive praise and encouragement, as well as collective worships to celebrate achievement and a chart system to collect rewards, encouraging children to develop a positive attitude to learning.
Each child is valued as an individual and teaching and learning is based on the understanding that children develop at different rates. We provide challenging learning opportunities that will excite and motivate children to learn, following their own interests.
Our EYFS Curriculum...
Through organised play and fun, teacher-led activities, your child will cover the seven areas of the Early Years curriculum.
Forest School Sessions
We are one of the few primary schools in the lo
cal area to offer Forest School sessions. Mrs Prendergast is a Forest School leader who runs
sessions throughout the year.
We believe that children have the right to play in the outdoors where children’s natural curiosity leads their learning. The natural environment offers the time and space wherein a child may grow and develop freely, experiencing a range of emotions, and developing a long lasting respect for our environment.
Children have the right to succeed and become confident in investigating, discovering and experimenting, leading their own learning and becoming emotionally resilient. During our sessions, children are encouraged to complete achievable tasks which develop self esteem, leading them to achieving remarkable things! They experience challenge, solving problems and negotiating with their peers.
Our Forest School sessions help the children to feel valued as an individual, where they can participate in their own way and where diversity is celebrated within the community.
Children have the right to get muddy! Muddy hands, muddy faces, muddy clothes and muddy wellies is all part of the fun and mud is good – it has been shown to give our immune system a boost!
Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children visit the woodlands in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the four seasons and environment changes. The children’s interests, along with the varied natural resources in our woodland are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play. Activities are often child-led but of course, some activities are planned by the practitioner after careful observation of the children’s’ current fascinations and level of skill.
Phonics in Nursery
In Nursery we complete a daily phonics session. Phonics is essential for children to become successful readers and writers in the early years of schooling and beyond. In Nursery we follow Little Wandle Foundation for Phonics.
Nursery children take shared reader books home weekly to promote a love of reading.