The Nursery is for 3 – 4 year old siblings of current pupils, and is based around morning and afternoon sessions. It is housed in a fully equipped separate building close to the main school with its own garden and safe play area. Opportunities to meet the other infants and staff are available during the term, so that integration into the main school is made easy.
The classrooms are bright, cheerful and always full of fun. The Nursery teachers and assistants provide a programme of activities which offer variety and are flexible enough to be appropriate, developmentally, to each child’s age and maturity. This modern, diverse programme includes use of our ‘Forest School’ for outdoor learning.
From September 2018 new entrants in the Nursery who are rising 3 will initially only be offered afternoon slots. Rising 4’s will at first be required to do a minimum of 3 to 5 morning sessions increasing after half-term until they are eventually fulfilling a fulltime programme in the final term leading into Reception.
There is an expectation that all children will be dry before they start at Nursery.
Learning at Nursery
The children will develop skills in communication and literacy, mathematics, art and craft, drama, music and physical education whilst their knowledge and awareness of the world around them develops too.
Activities are organised to allow the children choice, and the opportunity to work at their own pace. They are given time to explore and investigate, and are encouraged to set up and tidy up their own work projects – thereby teaching them to care for their own environment.
Children are taught individually, in small and whole class groups. The class works on themes throughout the term, using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. These themes allow the children to learn by building on their own interests and their understanding of the world.
Pre-reading and pre-writing skills are introduced in our Nursery. All children enjoy every opportunity to discover a love of books through stories, poems, songs, rhymes and story-telling.
The Nursery is an integral part of the school and uses its facilities to the full. Above all, our main priority is to make the first years an enjoyable and productive start to school life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage requires us to carry out a progress check when your child is two years old. If your child starts at Manor Lodge Nursery at the age of two, we supply parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime learning and development areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; and Communication and Language; when the child is aged between 24-36 months.
The aims of the progress check are to:
Review your child’s development in the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage;
- Ensure that you as parents have a clear picture of your child’s development;
- Enable us as early years’ practitioners to understand your child’s needs and plan activities to meet them throughout their time at Manor Lodge Nursery;
- Enable you as parents to understand the child’s needs and, with support from us, enhance development at home;
- Note areas where your child is progressing well and identify any areas where progress is less than expected; and
- Describe actions that us at Manor Lodge intend to take to address any developmental concerns (including working with other professionals where appropriate).