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Our Learning in Nursery

Settling In

Before Starting Nursery

Before your child joins the Nursery they will be invited to attend a Play and Stay Session with a parent or carer to acquaint themselves with the setting and the staff.

Each family then receives a home visit from two members of the staff team. These are an informal way  to get to know the staff that will be taking care of your child and to complete registration documents. The home visit is important because it  helps your child to make a positive link between home and Nursery.

Key Worker

Each child is assigned a Key Person, who, along with all of the Nursery staff, will support you and your child through the settling process, and throughout their time in the setting. 

Having a strong relationship with a key adult is essential to help your child confidently access the environment.

Transition

When your child first starts Nursery the sessions they attend will be shortened to enable children to build relationships, and get to know the environment.  The session times will be increased to meet the needs of the child.  In the long term, this will support your child to enjoy their time at Nursery.

Early Years Foundation Stage at Wheelwright Lane Nursery

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking. Opportunities for these characteristics of learning take place both indoors and outdoors.

In a play based environment your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning.

Children will develop the prime areas first:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

A good foundation in the prime areas will then support the children to acquire the skills in the specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning. The staff will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

To support Communication and Language and Literacy we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. More information can be found on the Foundation Years website (external link).

Our Learning Webs

Read about our learning through the year:

All documents above are in pdf format.

 

Transition to School

At Wheelwright Lane Nursery we believe that for a child to be ready for school they should:

  • Be happy and confident when separating from their main carer.
  • Be able to focus their attention and listen when required.
  • Have sufficient language to be able to communicate about themselves and their interests.
  • Be able to share and take turns with others during play.
  • Show an interest in the world around them.
  • Be able to share and elaborate on stories that they have heard.
  • Be aware of boundaries and be able to follow simple routines.
  • Be confident in their own self-care.

When it comes time for a child to leave the Nursery and make a move to another setting, or school, we will do everything we can to ensure that their transition is as stress-free as possible.

We will liaise with other settings and make sure that all of the child’s developmental records are transferred promptly. Staff from other settings are welcome to observe and meet children in our nursery to help with the transition process.

Children who will be moving into the Reception Class at Wheelwright Lane School will be able to spend increasing periods of time in the Reception classroom during their final term in the Nursery. They will get to know the Reception staff and become confident in the school environment.