Nursery

St Michael's Nursery

We would like to welcome you to our page. We will update it with termly information, photographs and key dates. If you  need any further information do not hesitate to contact us via the school office to make an appointment or by speaking to a member of staff.

All 3 to 4-year-olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, although we do not provide this service currently.

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December the beginning of term on or after 1 January

More information on free childcare allowances and benefits is available from www.gov.uk.

 

We are currently offering 30-hour places as part of the government’s childcare scheme for those eligible. We only have ten available places for the 30-hour entitlements which are currently all full. Please contact the office if you are interested in your child taking their 30-hour entitlement at St. Michael’s Nursery and we will let you know if any of the places become available.

This Term

This term in the Nursery we will be exploring ‘Colours All Around Us’, ‘Weather’, ‘The Seasons’ & ‘Christmas’.

For more detail your child’s play throughout the week please ensure you share their Busy Book with them every weekend. Every Friday you will get a new mosaic of activity (photo collage) in your child’s busy book.  This gives you an opportunity to see what the children have been up to that week.  It is suggested that you talk to your child about the photos and ask them questions or recall what they have done that week.  Each week we will make a suggestion about an activity you could do with your child at home.

We expect parents to make a response in the busy book to acknowledge they have seen the mosaic of activity.  On Monday morning we ask for the busy books to be placed into the busy book box at drop off.

If your child does something outside of nursery that is significant, such as a special trip, journey, visit or accomplishment you are welcome to write about this in your child’s busy book over the weekend when you have it.  You are welcome to stick photos, allow your child to draw in it, stick in tickets etc – it is your child’s busy book after all!

The Autumn Term is always a busy term in school especially after half term with the excitable lead up to Christmas. Please ensure your child comes to Nursery in appropriate clothing with a coat every day. We use the garden in all weather so it is important they are suitably dressed. Also ensure your child is getting the appropriate amount of sleep and have full bellies before they come to play. Our sessions are always busy so lots of energy is needed!

You can download a PDF version of the Nursery Welcome Pack here. It contains further information on the routines of the nursery, what your child needs every day and our expectations for our Parent Partnerships.

NURSERY WELCOME PACK

At St. Michael’s Nursery the children’s happiness is our prime concern. We know that happy children will develop holistically and will be most prepared to start school when they leave the nursery.

We pride ourselves on being an approachable and supportive nursery team. We will also adapt activities and routines to suit your child’s needs when needed. We aspire to build strong and trusting relationships with all the children in our care. Part of building strong relationships with the children requires us to have good partnerships with the parents also.

Good two-way communication is key to having good partnerships. The nursery teacher is available every day on the gate both before and after your child’s session.  Please use this time to ask questions, share concerns or give suggestions. If the matter is personal or confidential we are also happy to make time to see you in private room to discuss any issues or concerns you have.

A part of our commitment to building strong and affective partnerships is providing interactive workshops that will help you support your child’s development at home.

A programme of workshops are planned throughout the year and you will be invited to attend them.  Please dedicate some time to attending the sessions even if you have older children; theories and science change and evolve with time so we may be able to offer new ideas or strategies to try with your child to support their development.

Autumn 1; What to expect! – TUESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2017 – 11am & 3pm – in the Nursery

Autumn 2; The Importance of Talk.

SPRING 1; Schemas.

SPRING 2; Supporting early reading.

SUMMER 1; Maths fun!

SUMMER 2; Every day is a learning day.

New parents will be invited to additional workshops at the beginning of the Spring and Summer terms to highlight the important parts of previous workshops.

Schemas and their importance; here you can download the workshop’s presentation and access the handout with practical ideas for helping your child. http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/schemas-and-their-importance/

The Importance of Talk; download the workshop presentation for ideas and follow links to useful websites.  http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/importance-of-talk/

Go to our Nursery Maths page to support your child’s number recognition at home.

http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/nursery-maths/

Our Nursery Staff

Miss Brown
&
Mrs Holmes

Nursery Teacher

Mrs Stickings

Nursery Nurse

Mrs Simon

Nursery Learning Assistant

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