Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Evelyn Community Primary School Nursery. We have 52 places in Nursery, 26 places in the morning and 26 places in the afternoon. The timings for the sessions are:
AM: 8:30am – 11:30am
Children can attend from the term after their third birthday. Children can attend five morning or five afternoon sessions per week (15 hours a week). We can put you in contact with our school’s network of childminders if more than 15 hours are required.
Staffing in Nursery 2021/22:
Monday – Miss Markland and Ms Stockley
Tuesday – Miss Markland and Ms Stockley
Wednesday – Miss Markland and Mrs Brown
Thursday – Mrs Brown and Ms Stockley
Friday – Mrs Brown and Ms Stockley
In Nursery we follow the Early Years Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
In planning and guiding what children learn, practitioners must reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust their practice appropriately. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
• Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
• Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
• Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
We have a red jumper and jogging pants set which can be purchased from Top Form (NW) Limited based at unit 24, Sinclair Way, Prescot Business Park, Prescot (by Spaceworld). However, uniform is not compulsory for Nursery children. All we ask is that children come dressed ready for both indoor and outdoor play with suitable shoes with Velcro fastenings. Children may get muddy or wet when playing and exploring! Please bring in a spare change of clothes to be kept in Nursery. Also, please ensure that all items of clothing are labelled.
Our library day this year will be a Friday. We will be starting this once all children are settled and we will let you know when. Children will bring home a book from our library in a named library bag, and the books are to be returned the following Friday, ready to change.
We use Tapestry, a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us. This is a free app available on both iOS and Android, or through the website www.tapestryjournal.com. We will also use this platform to share newsletters, reminders and notes to parents. We also love when parents/carers post on Tapestry to share photographs/videos of what your child has been up to outside of Nursery. These provide excellent communication opportunities between staff and children.
Snack money is £2 per week (This works out at only 40p per day). This provides a healthy snack each day, weekly fresh playdough and regular baking activities. Snack examples: A selection of fruit, milk/water, bagels, yoghurt, toast, breadsticks, pancakes, crackers, crumpets, ricecakes, wraps, sandwiches, brioche.