Welcome to Nursery!
30 hours free childcare for 3-4 year olds
As you may already know, from September 2017, the Government is introducing new funding to allow childcare providers to offer 30 hours free childcare to working parents. At present, all 3 and 4 year olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week and this additional 15 free hours will be on offer to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year (visit www.gov.uk to check your eligibility).
Currently, this scheme is voluntary and so each childcare provider (child-minder, private nursery school nursery etc) is able to make a choice about whether they want to participate. Woodlands School Nursery will be offering the 30 free hours, however this will be run as part of our existing extended care provision in conjunction with our afternoon Playgroup.
If you think you are eligible and are interested in accessing the extra hours of childcare please contact the School Office. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – and each child’s needs will then be discussed individually with Parents
Please note, the main priority of the Nursery staff at all times is the welfare of the child and it may be that extended care is not appropriate for every child or that a period of time is needed in order to transition to the full 30 hours requested.
HOW TO APPLY: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Our Nursery staff are Mrs Elderton (EYFS Teacher), Mrs Dickson (EYFS Teacher Fridays) Mrs Rendall, Mrs Bream and Miss Bracken (EYFS practitioners) and Mrs Gray (Nursery Assistant)
We have a Nursery class for thirty children, with one intake a year (in September) and sessions run from 08:45 – 11:45. In the first days and weeks, ensuring a smooth transition from home to school is of the utmost importance to us, so parents and carers are encouraged to stay until they are comfortable that their child is settled.
We operate a Key Worker system. Each child has a specific practitioner to support and teach them in small group sessions and liaise between home and school. All our staff are very well qualified in working with young children and are very experienced. As well as their group work, children also have part of the session where they can decide what they would like to do either inside or in our outside area. With carefully structured classroom areas, the children soon feel relaxed in the Nursery environment and are able to settle down to activities that they are comfortable with. These activities often change and develop as their confidence develops.
We aim to help the children become confident, independent learners and inquisitive and happy children who are eager to engage in a rich variety of experiences.
In the Autumn term, our starting topics this year included All About Me! and Autumn, moving on to Animals and then Festivals including Eid, Hanukkah, Diwali and Christmas. Our Spring term topics included Travel and Transport, Spring and Easter and in the Summer Term, we will be investigating Growing, Summer, Mini-beasts, People Who Help Us and the Transition to Reception - other topics throughout the year will be determined from the children's own needs and interests, as well as marking traditions and special days around the world.
All of the Nursery team here at Woodlands are very committed to developing each child's individual potential and feel privileged to be sharing their first stepping stone of education.
The Maths Area The ICT Area
The Discovery Area The Graphics Area
The Book Area The Art Area
The Construction Area The Snack Area
The Home Corner The Small World Area
Photos from our some of our Topic Activities and CHIP (child-initiated play) this year:
Farm Shop role-play
Mark-making in magic fairy dust
Going on a spring walk
Preparing soil for planting seeds