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.