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Woodside Primary School

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Woodside Nursery

Information about our Nursery




Which adults work in nursery?

Mrs. Kate Quant is the teacher and keyworker for all of the children and Ms Helen Few is the teaching assistant  in nursery. 

What happens on a typical morning?

8:50 Registration and carpet time to introduce activities or read a story.

9:10 Small Group time – we aim for your child to work with three different adults to introduce them to a Literacy, Maths and Topic based task each week. These tend to be practical tasks such as treasure hunts, acting stories, games and problem solving e.g. How could you build a bridge across this river for the three goats? How can you share these people between the two hot air balloons? This broadens their play, introduces them to new children and helps us to get to know their interests and abilities so we can plan for their individual needs.

9:30 Child Initiated Learning (Play time!) We will provide a range of resources and activities, inside and outside, for the children to choose from, including sand, water, computers, playdough, small world play, instruments, investigation resources, construction and role play. Adults can then observe, play alongside and extend their learning through careful questioning and challenges. This helps the children to develop their social skills and become interested, self-motivated learners.

10:45 Maths carpet time – a short time together to count, sing number rhymes, solve problems on the SmartBoard, sort shapes etc.

10:55 Wash hands and have a snack – we provide milk, water, fruit and vegetables. The children take turns to be snack helpers. Water is also available throughout the morning.

11:10 This varies from day to day – parachute games, musical instruments, puzzles, board games, physical challenges outside or a story in our ‘Chatterbox’ outside area.

11:40 Talk through our day and get ready to go home at 11:50


In addition to this, each week we do cooking, birthday assembly in school, PE in the hall, choosing book bags and maths bags to take home and creating role play areas.

Our facilities

We have a self-contained nursery building at the rear of the school which opened in 2014 with full disabled access and facilities and a coded security entry system. There are toilets, a kitchen, an office and a lobby as well as the main classroom. This large, light space is kept at a constant temperature through heating and air conditioning and it’s divided into stimulating learning zones with a SmartBoard in the carpet area. Our enclosed garden is huge and is surrounded by fields. We have a lot of outdoor play equipment, including a large sandpit as well as a bug hotel, planters and other features to encourage the children to engage with nature. We have a canopy area to enable us to play outside in all weather conditions.


Dressing for Nursery

We encourage our nursery children to wear the Woodside school sweatshirt/cardigan with a yellow polo top and grey trousers/skirt/dress – it is a working uniform for our practical curriculum. It is great if they wear trousers/skirt and shoes that they can manage themselves. They do not need a book bag or PE kit but we do request that children bring a pair of wellington boots to keep at nursery and wear coats, gloves sun hats etc as appropriate.


How does Woodside best prepare the children for starting nursery?

  • From September 2018, we will have one intake each year. Children can start Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday. If we have spaces after this date, we are happy for children to start later. The Reception class has one intake, in September.
  • Mrs. Quant visits the children at their pre-school settings in July  and meets their keyworkers to discuss each child’s needs.
  • Parents are encouraged to bring their child to nursery for an ‘open morning’, giving new children and parents a chance to get to know each other, the staff and the building.
  • Mrs. Quant  home visit each child to get to know each family.
  • Children start nursery in small groups in order to settle

them easily.

What happens at collecting time?

Parents come in the side gate (next to the staff car park), walk across the playground and wait outside nursery. At 11:50 we open the top door and call the children out one at a time when we see the person authorised to collect them. Parents must write on a board (just inside the nursery door) if anyone different is collecting their child on that day. If plans change during the morning, please ring nursery on 01707 888333 and we will write it on the board for you. If you are late to collect, please phone us and we will wait with your child in nursery. If no-one collects your child by 12:00, our school office will contact you.


How do I find out how my child is getting on at nursery?

  • We hold termly open mornings, where parents are invited to join us for the last half hour of a nursery session. This enables your child to show you their ‘work’ and photos on display and to demonstrate what they like to play with. There are also opportunities to talk to staff.
  • We offer two parent consultations, usually in November and March, to discuss how your child has settled/progressed in nursery, share their learning journeys and to set individual targets.
  • Nursery staff enjoy daily contact with parents at drop off and collection times, when any achievements, special information or concerns are raised with individuals.
  • In Nursery and Reception we record our observations (including photos and videos) on an online learning journal called "Tapestry". Parents can have access to this and look at anytime. We encourage parents to add to this too so that we get a picture of what the child can do at home as well as school. This is a very popular way of communicating. 
  • In July, children take home their ‘Learning Journal’ folders which contain photos, reports, observations, small group work and other items which each child and their family have chosen to include. These provide an overview of each child’s experiences and progress.


What does my child learn at nursery?

The emphasis in nursery is on how children learn, rather than what they learn. At Woodside, we develop children’s confidence to play together cooperatively and purposefully, to become self-motivated and interested learners. We build on, and broaden, their interests whilst encouraging imaginative and creative play and investigation. Activities are differentiated to allow every child to make the most of each morning and we set individual targets to ensure that each child progresses according to their needs. We fully support children with special educational needs and deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage This sets out:

The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep children safe and promote their welfare and the 7 areas of learning and development which guide our engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

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

These prime areas are those most essential for healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

At Woodside, we use the ‘Early Years Outcomes’ guidance: to help us implement the EYFS framework within our daily observation, assessment and planning. A development guide for parents can be downloaded at:

We focus on half termly topics such as ‘flight’, ‘toys’ and ‘seaside’ to engage and motivate the children. We also take part in special events, such as the Christmas nativity play and pantomime, world book day, a visit to the library and celebrating festivals. We also like to base learning around the children’s own interests and experiences so please let us know about special events or days out and anything else which motivates and excites your child.