Welcome to Nursery.
We have had a busy start to the term helping the new children to settle in. The children start and finish their day in their designated room – either Sun room or Star room - but for the rest of the time they have free-flow play throughout the Nursery and the outdoor area.
The staff team in Nursery is made up two teachers: Mrs O’Mahoney in Sunroom and Miss Bailey in Star room, with support from three early years practitioners: Mrs Higgins, Mrs Rodney, and Miss Carmelina and our lunchtime supervisor, Mrs Badu. Your child does have their own key worker, but as all staff have dealings with all the children, you are welcome to speak with any member of staff regarding any queries or concerns you may have.
When you arrive in the morning with your child, this is the best time to change their reading book. It is also a good opportunity to stay for a short while and share a book with them. A good way for you to be able to share some of the experiences your child has during their day in Nursery is through the photos on the class gallery pages as well as the work displays throughout the Nursery.
The children really enjoy junk modelling with all sorts of recyclable materials e.g. cereal boxes, kitchen roll tubes, egg cartons, and the children are always keen to bring these in. There is a large box in the garden where you can drop these items off. (Please avoid any items that have been used to package foods containing nuts.)
Please ensure that your child keeps a change of clothes in Nursery and remember to replace them if your child is changed during the day. We have a limited supply of clothes that we can use when necessary and are always grateful for donations of underwear, tights, socks and trousers that your child has grown out of.
The children come together at 3pm to share an afternoon snack and we are very grateful for donations of plain biscuits (digestives, rich tea etc) to have at this time. If everybody brings in one packet, it should only be necessary to do this once per half term.
Prayer is an important part of our school day and to help your child develop their approach to praying, they will have the opportunity to bring home the class Prayer Bear once or twice a term which they keep overnight and bring back to school the next day. The children are always excited for their turn so it is important that it is returned promptly to ensure everybody gets their turn.
Our main focus this term is helping the children to settle in to their new learning environment and become familiar with the daily routines. We will cover three RE topics: Beginnings, The Mission Statement and Advent to Christmas which will include the Nursery Nativity concert at the end of the term. To celebrate Harvest Festival we will be making vegetable soup. Other topics will be child-initiated but will include fairy tales and autumn art.
The Nursery team look forward to getting to know you and your children during the year.