Welcome to Nursery
The Nursery team:
- Mrs Pownall
- Mrs Hallsworth
- Mrs Varley
- Mrs Bolton
It is very important that our children get the best start to their education at Trinity School and we believe that our nursery class provides just that. We have a busy, fun and nurturing environment that is well equipped to be able to help the children develop a range of skills academically and socially.
The children have daily opportunities to play with a range of resources inside and outdoors. Adults also lead sessions where children focus on a particular area of learning.
Parents are involved in their child’s learning by being encouraged to come into the classroom and see what activities are available,
All 3 and 4 year olds receive 15 hours childcare and eligible families receive 30 hours free childcare. If you are eligible for the 30 hours free childcare you do not need to take the full 30 hours, you can use part of it if you prefer. If you are not eligible for the 30 hours free childcare you can pay for extra sessions which are charged at £12 per half day. Further information about the 30 hours entitlement can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
If you intend to use the 30 hours provision this is from Monday 8.45am – Friday 12.45pm. If you would like your child to stay until 3.15pm on a Friday then this will be a payable session (£10). Please book your child in for additional sessions at the school office. All payable sessions must be paid for in advance.
Admissions, Admissions Procedure and Visits
Admission Procedure: Please register your interest in our nursery provision by contacting the school. We will contact you during the term your child is 3 years old to discuss your requirements and let you know if we have any places available.
Visits: When your child has been offered a place in our nursery class we will contact you to arrange a home visit. You will receive a letter notifying you of your child’s start date. This will enable us to meet your child and discuss the arrangements for their induction to nursery. We will bring some toys for your child to play with and answer any questions you may have.
On Your Child’s First Day
On Your Child’s First Day at Trinity School Sunflower Nursery: We stagger entry dates so that we are able to spend time with you and your child. We ask all parents to make arrangements to stay with their child for the first visit. We will discuss with you further induction sessions depending on how your child has settled. Each child is treated individually as different children need different levels of support as they become used to attending our setting. It is our aim to have children attending for full sessions when they feel happy and confident. During the first visit we collect emergency contact details so please bring those with you.
- Morning Session: 8.45am-11.45am (we have a coming in time from 8.45-9.00am to allow you to take any older siblings to their class first.
- Lunch: 11.45-12.15
- Afternoon Session: 12.15pm-3.15pm
If you are going to be late collecting your child or someone different will be collecting them, please phone the school office or let a member of nursery staff know.
Class Size, Clothing, Trays and Pegs, Toys and Funding
Class Size: The maximum number of children in the nursery class is 26. The ratio of adults to children is a minimum of 1:13.
Clothing: School jumpers/cardigans are available to purchase from the school office. The children go outside every day so they need to bring a suitable outdoor coat with a hood. It is helpful to your child if they wear shoes that are easy to take on and off. We have wellington boots available for when the children need them. Please ensure that all clothing worn or brought into nusery/school is named! Please provide at least 2 pairs of socks/underwear for your child and put them in their drawer. Please dress your child in clothes which are easy for them to manage independently e.g. jogging pants are easier than school trousers, velcro shoes not laces, socks are easier than tights.
Drawers and Pegs: Every child will have a peg and a drawer to store their personal things. Your child’s peg and drawer have a picture and their name on them, please help your child to become familiar with this so that they know where to put their belongings.
Toys: If your child needs to bring in a toy or object from home as a comfort, please ensure that it is named. If it is especially valuable or breakable please speak to a member of staff before leaving it in the setting. If possible please encourage your child to leave their own toys at home.
Funding: We have a snack every day and provide a selection of fruit, crackers, breadsticks, cereal, yoghurt, milk or water. We charge £1.50 per week for the snack which covers the cost of the food and is used to purchase baking ingredients etc.
Food, Drink and Health
Food and Drink: Lunch boxes should be put on the shelf near the coats and during hot weather please put an ice pack in to keep the food cool. If your child is staying for lunch then they need to bring a drink (no fizzy drinks), some sandwiches or similar and for example some fruit or yoghurt. We are a nut free school so do not allow any children to bring any food containing nuts.
Health: Staff need to be aware of your child’s medical background, in particular any allergies (e.g. bee stings, dairy food), any dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian or Halal) and any medical conditions that are important for us to know (e.g. asthma or eczema).
Children can suddenly become ill and therefore it is important that we know we can contact you or another adult relative/friend at all times. Please ensure that the school office is kept up to date with your contact details. If your child is unable to attend nursery due to illness please telephone us to let us know. In cases of vomiting or diarrhoea your child should remain at home until 48 hours have elapsed since the last episode. In all cases of contagious diseases the school should be informed immediately and medical clearance must be obtained before your child returns to school.
Headlice are an unfortunate recurring problem in school life. If discovered, please notify staff and keep your child at home until treated.
All nursery staff hold a paediatric first aid qualification. Any accidents are recorded in an accident book and you will be given a letter if your child has received any first aid treatment at school.
Early Years Curriculum and Learning Journeys
Early Years Curriculum: Activities in nursery are carefully planned and organised in order to provide a range of learning experiences. Individual records are kept by staff to record the activities your child participates in and undertakes, as well as their progress in specific skills.
Planning for each week is carried out using a topic based approach, following the children’s interests and responding to specific events.
There are 7 Areas of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) that activities are planned around:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Learning Journeys: Throughout the year staff will record your child’s learning in a folder called a ‘Learning Journey.’ This will form a unique record of your child’s learning and development throughout the year. It will contain staff observations. These folders enable staff to track your child’s progress and attainment and also plan future activities. We also value your comments about your child’s progress and attainment. We will ask you about your child’s development and discuss how they have been getting on at nursery and at home.
We hope you find this information useful– should you have any questions please feel free to speak to a member of staff. We aim to ensure that your child’s experience in Trinity Primary Sunflower Nursery is a happy and rewarding one. We look forward to working with both you and your child.