Welcome to Nursery!
Teacher - Mrs B Taylor and Mrs K Kendrick
Teaching Assistant - Mrs M O'Neill
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Nursery in September.
Our Nursery is situated in a self-contained building close to the main school building. We have our own outdoor area which the children access every day. Nursery is a bright and busy environment with distinct learning areas where children can explore and develop their own interests. Young children learn most effectively through play. Our staff work together as a team to plan meaningful learning opportunities for the children. We follow the Early Years curriculum which develops children’s learning through three prime areas of learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development / Physical Development / Communication and Language) and four specific areas (Literacy / Mathematics / Understanding the World / Expressive Arts and Design).
We recognise the importance of children feeling comfortable with their transition to Nursery .On Wednesday 2nd September you are invited to bring your child to Nursery and stay with them between 10-11 or 1.15-2.15 ( your time will be on your induction letter). On Thursday 3rd September children will be able to come to Nursery on their own 9-11.30 and leave just before Lunch. On Friday 4th September children are able to stay at Nursery for a full morning and have their Lunch in school .
Please ensure your child has a change of clothes in their bag or on their peg. They frequently have accidents or get wet playing in the water. The children are much happier to change into their own clothes rather than the spare school clothes.
Please can you make sure names are in children's clothes especially school jumpers. It is tricky to match the right clothes to the right child without a name!
We spend a lot of time outside in Nursery using the Schools Forest School area. Please send your child with a warm, waterproof coat and wellies. If you have a waterproof all-in-one or waterproof trousers you would like you child to wear, please include this. We have some spare wellies but not many.
Helping your child at home
Here are a few ways you could help your child develop their independence at Nursery:
- practice putting on their shoes
- practice putting on their coat
- drink from a cup
- wipe their own nose
- counting everyday objects and things that they see
In Nursery we are able to share our work with you via an online app called Tapestry .
As parents, the first day of handing over your child to the care of another can be an emotional time. As your child adjusts to experiences without you at nursery most parents continue to want to share in these times. Tapestry facilitates this, by enabling a personal journal, or diary, to build over time. Photographs, videos and notes of special moments are not only recorded, but can be made available regularly and often immediately to you.
The children enjoy using the computers at school. One program that we use is called Purple Mash. Purple Mash is an award-winning website for primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. If you would like to access any of our Purple Mash activities at home, including 2Simple, please log in to; http://www.purplemash.com/sch/stpatrickstf1 with the username and password for Nursery shown below.
Here are some other websites you might like to look at with your child.