A Warm Welcome!
Welcome to Horndean Infant School Nursery. We are situated in a semi-rural environment within the village of Horndean. Our nursery is attached to Horndean Infant School and we value greatly our connection with the school and the local community. The nursery opened in September 2015 and we have places for 20 children each day.
Vision & Aims
Childhood is a magical time, and as such, we believe that the early years are a crucial time for children’s learning and development. We want our children to be resilient, creative thinkers and curious learners who are confident, happy and ready to try new things in preparation for full time education and the rest of their lives.
- To provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment for children to learn, play and develop.
- To provide an atmosphere where every child is valued, appreciated and their ideas and contributions are acknowledged and celebrated.
- To ensure that all activities and learning opportunities enable children to achieve their best, demonstrate their full potential and stimulate a love of learning.
Age Range, Opening Times & Fees
Our nursery school accepts children from 3 years old to school age. We offer flexible sessions and nursery funding and vouchers can be used.
Our nursery operates 40 Weeks a year and is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm. The hourly rate is £4.50. You may book in hourly slots, starting on the hour. Fees are paid monthly in advance.
We are registered to accept nursery funding and we operate a term time Standard (38 weeks) Offer. More about this will be clearly explained upon further inquiry.
We are also offering 30 hours funding wherever possible, please contact us for current availability.
The facilities within the nursery are designed so that the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage are met and adhered to. The nursery is situated within a classroom along the corridor which accompanies the schools Foundation Stage classrooms for Reception children. This allows us to share resources with the Foundation Stage to further enhance children’s play and learning experiences.
The nursery room has designated areas of learning. Each area allows for children to easily view and access the toys and resources that they wish to play with so that they are not restricted in their choices throughout the day. Areas of learning include a role play, dressing up and small world area to support children’s imaginative play. We also have a messy play area for art and craft activities, as well as sand and water play.
We have a large construction area with a mixture of large and smaller construction toys. Additionally, we have a maths and mark making area for children to develop their early number, reading and writing skills. Children also have access to a book corner which features a reading den so that children can enjoy books in a cosy and quiet space.
The nursery is fortunate to have a large interactive white board and small iPads for the children to use. These are used to enhance children’s understanding of technology and we use educational based apps to support this. Children are limited to time on the iPads and interactive white board during the day.
Children have the opportunity to free-flow between the indoor and outdoor environment throughout the day. The nursey has its own separate courtyard area where outdoor activities can take place. As well as this, the nursery utilises the school playground when school children are in class. Along with the freedom this large area affords to play team games, they also have the use of the trikes, scooters & bikes, the musical instruments and the fabulous trim trail!
The nursery classroom has its own toilet facilities and separate changing facilities close by so that children can be adequately supervised when using the toilet.
The nursery uses an online based observation system called ‘Tapestry’ which allows staff to update children’s online learning journeys weekly with the activities they have taken part in at nursery. Parents are asked to consent to the nursery setting up an online profile for their child and are then given a password to access their child’s learning journey. This allows parents to keep up to date with their child’s learning at nursery. Additionally, parents are encouraged to add their own observations of their children at home which helps ensure good partnership working between nursery and home.
The nursery children also take part in Forest School sessions led by a qualified Forest School teacher. Children enjoy playing hide and seek in the forest, finding objects and sitting around the fire-pit. Additionally, the nursery children can partake in multi-skills sessions where qualified sports professionals use the school hall to organise fun activities focusing on children’s physical development such as their balancing and co-ordination skills.
Nursery Daily Routine
Our daily routine is listed below. It includes a variety of learning opportunities for children during the day, and we ensure that we cover the seven areas of the EYFS within these. Whilst children have the opportunity to free-flow between the areas in the room and the outdoors to explore their own interests, adults plan in structured activities that children can choose to partake in, as well as enhanced activities which are usually topic related.
|8:30am||Nursery Opens Busy Hands||A mixture of fine motor activities that aim to build children’s hand and finger strength.|
|9:10am||Whole Group Welcome Time|
|9:15am||Key Group Time||Individual activities with keyworkers.|
|9:30am||Plan-Do-Review & Focus Activity 1||Enhanced activities are placed out for children to choose from. A focus adult-led activity will take place alongside this. A focus activity which is adult-led will take place alongside this.|
|10:15am||Snack and Chat||Children are able to choose from a range of healthy snacks, milk and water.|
|10:30am||Discovery Time & Focus Activity 2||Children can free-flow between the indoor classroom and outdoor courtyard. A focus activity which is adult-led will take place alongside this.|
|11:15am||Story / Singing / Ring Games|
|11:20am||Outdoor Play||Children go out onto school playground to take part in a range of gross motor activities.|
|11:45am||Circle Time / Phase 1 Phonics||Children will have the opportunity to engage in circle games or Phase 1 phonics activities.|
|1:00pm||Move It / Sticky Kids / Yoga||Children take part in dancing and movements that will engage their brains for the afternoon!|
|1:05pm||Whole Group Welcome Time|
|1:10pm||Discovery Time||Children can free-flow between the indoor classroom and outdoor courtyard.|
|2:15||Story / Singing / Ring Games|
|2:20pm||Outdoor Play||Children go out onto school playground to take part in a range of gross motor activities.|
|2:45pm||Circle Time / Phase 1 Phonics||Children will have the opportunity to engage in circle games or Phase 1 phonics activities.|
|3:00pm||Wow! Activity & Games||A Wow! Activity and quiet games are provided for those children staying until the end of the nursery day.|
|4:30pm||Home Time – Nursery Closes|
Staffing & Keyworkers
At Horndean Infant School Nursery, we are proud to have such a dedicated and highly skilled staff team. Our staff team currently consists of five members of staff:
Miss R Knott – Early Years Teacher (BA (Hons), PG Cert, MA, QTS, EYTS)
Miss S Harrison – Nursery Keyworker & Nursery SENCo (NVQ3)
Mrs C Ellis-Ware – Nursery Keyworker (NVQ3)
Miss E Haynes – Nursery Keyworker (NVQ2)
Mrs N Howes – Nursery Lunchtime Assistant
All staff are DBS checked and have relevant Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene qualifications which are updated regularly. As well as this, staff regularly attend training courses, conferences and briefings to ensure that their knowledge of the Early Years curriculum is up to date, and so that they can provide the best learning experiences for children.
On taking up a place at our nursery, each child will be allocated a keyworker. It is the keyworkers role to ensure that your child enjoys their time at nursery and to offer them learning experiences that will help them progress and learn the key skills they need before they start school. Therefore, your child’s keyworker will be responsible for your child’s learning and development and helping them to bond a settle in.
Because the bonding process is such an important part of the keyworker role and to ensure that your child settles into nursery with ease, keyworkers will be allocated to children on an initial basis and will then be reviewed six weeks after your child has started. If your child has formed a stronger bond with a different member of staff after those six weeks, then we can make arrangements for them to change keyworkers so that they are more comfortable. You will, of course be notified if any change is made.
Lunch & Snack Time
All children have a mid-morning snack of fruit and milk or water. We use snack time to introduce the children to new foods. Examples include trying noodles, prawn crackers and spring rolls as part of our learning about Chinese New Year or pancakes on Pancake Day.
Lunchtime is between 12pm – 1pm. You have the option to either provide a packed lunch for your child, or you can order a school hot dinner. School dinners are charged at £2.40 per meal and are payable online in advance. Children are able to choose from main and vegetarian options on the day that they have a hot dinner and this will be noted down by nursery staff.
The nursery has a dedicated area within the room for children to eat their lunch and have snack. We are fortunate to have extra staff cover during lunchtimes to ensure that our ratios are met.
We view mealtimes as a social event and as such, staff sit with children at tables during lunch and snack times. We encourage the children to discuss anything from their day to day experiences, what they have enjoyed playing with at nursery that day or something related to our current topic. Sometimes we use pictures as a stimulus to support children in their conversations. At other times, we play relaxing music whilst the children eat.
Children are encouraged to be independent and we support children in selecting their own cups, plates and cutlery. Children also learn to pour their own water, cut up their own food, open wrappers and packets and even peel their own oranges.
We have an optional uniform if parents should wish to purchase this.
Nursery Tour & Taster Session
After an initial enquiry is made, you will be offered a short tour of the nursery by a member of the nursery team. They will be happy to answer and questions or queries you have on the day. Following this, before you decide to take up a place for your child, you will offered a one hour taster session where your child will be able to experience the nursery for themselves. This can be with or without the parent. If you decide to take up a place for your child, a welcome pack will be provided which will include more information.
Access & Security
Access to the nursery is operated by an intercom at the nursery gate entrance and answered directly by the nursery team. The nursery is then located between two further secured gates which will be opened for you by a member of staff. We only release children to people designated on your child’s ‘Collection Arrangement’ form.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a time which describes your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. These are called the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
To support your child in developing across each area of the EYFS, we plan in topic related themes which occur over a two year cycle:
Autumn Term: Kaleidoscopes and Rainbows / Splish, Splash, Splosh! / Fantastic Food / Whizz, Bang, Pop & Into The Woods
Spring Term: Adventures into Storyland & Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots
Summer Term: To Infinity and Beyond! / Superheroes and Monsters / Beneath the Waves
Autumn Term: Kaleidoscopes and Rainbows / The Magic Toy Box / Fantastic Food / Dark Nights and Special Lights & Winter Wonderland
Spring Term: Adventures into Storyland & Marvellous Me! and People Who Help Us
Summer Term: Amazing Animals / Fun in the Sun & Up, Up and Away!
Special events such as The Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter, Bonfire Night, Halloween, Chinese New Year, Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day, Earth Day and Diwali are also planned for children to engage with.
School Readiness and the Transition to School
A big part of our role is preparing children for their transition to school. Going to school is both an exciting and nervous time for children and parents alike. However, we strive to ensure that this transition is a smooth as possible for both you and your child.
During the Summer term before your child starts school, we begin to focus more heavily on transition related activities and school ready skills. We have a dedicated topic called ‘Transition and Change’ to help facilitate this. Working closely with the school allows us to make the transition smooth and more contextual for children. Children have the opportunity in the Summer term to spend some afternoons in the Foundation Stage classrooms to be accustomed to the school environment and integrate with school life. They also attend the Foundation Stage weekly assembly.
Parent consultations allow your child’s keyworker to meet with you at the end of the Spring Term to discuss your child’s transition to school and what specific things they will be working on with your child in the Summer term to prepare them further. In addition, you will receive a formal written report in the summer term about your child’s progress and readiness for school.
Whilst many children at our nursery do transition to Horndean Infant School, school places are not guaranteed on the basis that your child attends our nursery. Hampshire County Council is responsible for the allocation of school places and the school has its own admissions criteria.
Special Educational Needs
The nursery has a dedicated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), Miss S Harrison. The nursery also works closely with the school’s SENCo, Mrs K Martindale to ensure that any child who is identified as having additional needs has the opportunity to take part in more targeted learning and play activities or access specialist support if necessary.
Quality Care and Learning
You can find out about the care and learning experiences offered to children at our nursery in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework by checking the Government’s official inspection body for early years, Ofsted. You can find this information at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report.
Furthermore, all of our policies are available to view at any time, just ask one of the nursery staff or contact the school office using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Come and take a look!
All parents are welcome to come and view the Nursery. These appointments can be arranged by telephoning the School Office on 023 9259 3453 or emailing [email protected]
- Click Here to download the Nursery Admissions Policy
- Click Here to download the General Terms and Conditions of Registration
- Hampshire County Council’s Services for Young Children Website
- Government Website for Childcare Choices