Welcome to Owlets Nursery which is situated in the conservatory and the outdoor veranda. It is a bright and colourful learning environment which provides Early Years provision for all our children. We offer excellent Early Years education for children aged from 2 years and 9 months up to school age when they start Reception. Our qualified Nursery team is made up of a Senior Early Years Educator and a Teaching Assistant. The Nursery accommodates two sessions per day. Morning sessions starts at 8:45am to 11:45am and the afternoon session at 12:15pm to 3:15pm. The school offers Nursery children Early Birds, lunchtime supervision and the after school club, Wise Owls. This means that children can take part in sessions from 7:45 am until 6pm if required. The children are welcome to bring along sandwiches for lunch but they can have a freshly cooked hot meal if they prefer. Please contact the office for the current price of a Nursery lunch.
We aim to introduce children to learning in a play-based environment that supports their needs and interests through nurturing and encouragement so that they reach their full potential before starting Reception. Learning takes place indoors and outdoors throughout the year, so warm clothing is essential during those winter months. Nursery children wear school uniform (so we are a part of the school) PE pumps for physical development and a pair of wellington boots are always welcome for our gardening sessions and time spent in the mud kitchen.
Snack time is very popular within Nursery. We have snack every morning and afternoon depending on which is your child’s session. Fruit is provided through the Government fruit scheme initiative and milk is ordered on-line through ‘Cool Milk’. The school office can provide you with details for how to order milk.
Children’s learning and development
Throughout the year we will explore different topics to support the children’s interests and learning, such as plants, space, stories by specific authors and ourselves.
These topics will cover all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile throughout the Nursery environment. We provide opportunities for all children to use a variety of resources and materials independently. This will enhance their early mark-making, social, communication and physical skills. The aim is to empower children’s thinking, explore a range of experiences and develop their social skills. This is achieved through careful planning of challenging and interesting activities. The school encourages self-motivation, independence and curiosity especially through school trips and visitors. These experiences help children to make links, see patterns and make sense of their world with their families and friends.
Within the seven areas; there are three are prime areas and four are specific;
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Phonics, reading and writing
Nursery children take part in phonics sessions using 'Letters and Sounds'. We spend ten minutes during each session to explore the different sounds in our environment and progress onto learning about the sounds that the letters make. In the final term we start blending and segmenting CVC words.
We enjoy visiting the library and the book corner where we can choose books to share with our families and friends..
Our number work is all about enabling and supporting children to explore and experiment with numerals and tallying. They learn to experiment with symbols and marks to represent their findings. Use number language about quantities and to compare amounts. The children show curiosity about numbers and want to comment or ask questions about what is happening especially in a role-play situation.
During independent learning time, the children access the continuous provision which is well planned for, taking account of the children’s needs and interests. Every area of learning is provided for.
The children’s learning journeys are electronically emailed to you personally through a program called ‘2 Simple’. All the observations and evidence of their work is collaborated and sent out on a regular basis for you to share with family and friends.
If you would like to find out more about our inspiring environment and how we promote good practice, please feel free to make an appointment through the office and arrange a visit.