The Nursery Day
We are currently welcoming children into the nursery garden between 9am and 9.15 and children are picked up from the front doors either at 12pm or between 3 and 3.15 pm to allow parents more time to chat with staff and drop siblings off at other local schools. Drop off and pick up times are a good time to talk to staff about any concerns you may have.
Once inside the children are encouraged to find their name and photograph to register their attendance. Each child has a peg with their name and a picture on it along with a Flagg Bag for nappies and a change of clothes.
As soon as the children have settled in they choose from a range of play activities designed to develop early learning. The nursery day consists of a mixture of planned play activities chosen by the children and small group times led by a teacher, the door to the garden is usually open so that children can choose whether to be inside or outside. The environment, both inside and outside is carefully planned so that we can maximize learning opportunities. For example, if it is a windy day then we get out our windy day box containing windmills, wings and streamers and explore the wind through play. Please go the the curriculum page for more information.
Children stay at nursery for the morning session (9am-12pm) or for the full day (9am-3pm). Lunches are served between 11.30am and 12pm. Children can have a school dinner form the kitchen at Taddington and Priestcliffe primary school, these are brought to nursery in a taxi. Alternatively children can bring their own packed lunch in. Please note that the school meals service will not be available from September 2023 and all children will be required to bring a packed lunch.
A drink of milk or water is served mid-morning and mid-afternoon, children pour this themselves. A snack is also provided which the children sometimes prepare themselves. Snacks consist of fruit, vegetables, cheese crackers, breadsticks or toast. Children can help by chopping fruit or vegetables or spreading cream cheese on a cracker for example.
Our planning is always e-mailed to parents and posted on the website and Parent Hub. Songsheets are also shared with parents and videos of the songs are posted on Class Dojo so that you can join in at home. Learning songs and rhymes are a great way to boost children's language skills. Stories, games and other activities are also shared on Class Dojo so that you can continue learning at home and your child can share with you what they have been doing in nursery.
We regularly invite families to share in events such as the Sports day and family picnic, the Strawberry Fayre, Harvest festival or the Easter egg hunt or to share stories during book week, decorate a bauble at Christmas, do some gardening or share talents such as music, art or to talk about your job.
We encourage car sharing and children socialising out of school, so if you would like to discuss this with staff, we can signpost you to like minded families.