Nursery - Admiral

Welcome to Waycroft Academy Admiral Nursery

2 year olds

Table of Contents

Welcome …………………………………………1                                                                  

Meet the team …………………………………………2

Settling in, dropping off and collecting …………………………………………3

Times of sessions …………………………………………4

The Curriculum …………………………………………5

Topics …………………………………………6

Daily Routines …………………………………………7

ILD …………………………………………8

Child Protection …………………………………………9

Forest School …………………………………………10

Key Workers …………………………………………11

Parents’ Meetings and PLODs …………………………………………12

What to wear …………………………………………13

Intimate Care …………………………………………14

Website and links

1. Welcome to Waycroft Academy Nursery

 

Learning through play is at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning in the Early Years. At the Admiral Nursery we also focus on developing children’s independence, language and social skills by providing activities and resources that are tailored to their individual needs and interests.  We are passionate about helping every child to reach their full potential in our calm, friendly and nurturing environment.

As parents, you are your child’s first educators. Your child comes to Nursery having already gained a vast amount of knowledge about themselves and the world around them. We look forward to working with you to build on this and to develop your child’s new skills, interests and experiences. We hope that you find this booklet useful, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Welcome to the Admiral Nursery!

3. Settling in, dropping off and collecting

When BRINGING YOUR CHILD TO NURSERY you are welcome to help them find an activity to do, and stay until they are settled. If they find it difficult to leave you we can offer support to you both, please just ask. Often a quick goodbye is best and you are always welcome to telephone the school during the session to put your mind at rest. Please ensure that your child arrives on time at the start of the day as late arrivals can unsettle the other children.

AT HOME TIME we encourage all children to sit on the carpet until their name is called. This is to ensure their safety. Please do not encourage your child to get up until we have called their name.

IF ANOTHER ADULT WILL BE COLLECTING YOUR CHILD: please tell a member of staff in advance and provide us with a photograph if possible, if it is someone that we do not know.

IF YOUR COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS CHANGE DURING THE SESSION please phone the school office on 01173772198 to let us know. You will need to tell them that your child attends the Admiral Nursery. We cannot let your child go with another adult unless you have told us.

 

4. Times of Sessions – Admiral Nursery                     

Sessions run every weekday MONDAY-FRIDAY from 9am-12pm. However we open the door at 11.50am to allow time to share information with you about your child’s day, if necessary.

The Nursery is closed during school holidays and on INSET days. Term dates are available on the school website www.waycroftacademy.com and are displayed in the Nursery corridor.

 

  1. The Curriculum

Admiral Nursery follows the curriculum as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document.

The four guiding principles that shape our practice are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children develop and learn well in enabling environments, where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents / carers.
  • Children’s learning and development occurs in different ways and at different rates.

Areas of Learning

The EYFS framework sets out seven areas of learning and development, all of which are interconnected.

Prime Areas of Learning

The prime areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. They build children’s ability to learn, form relationships and thrive, and consequently are our main focus.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making relationships, Managing feelings and behaviour, Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Physical Development – Moving and handling, Self-care
  • Communication and Language – Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking

Specific Areas of Learning

The specific areas of learning develop essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

  •          Literacy – Reading, Writing
  •          Mathematics – Numbers, Space, shape and measures
  •          Understanding the world – People and communities, The world, Technology
  •          Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring and using media and materials,  Being imaginative

These areas are all delivered through a balance of adult led, adult framed and child initiated activities.

 

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Characteristics of Effective Learning highlight the importance of a child’s attitude to learning and their ability to play, explore and think critically about the world around them.  The characteristics 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

 

 

6. Topics

In the Admiral Nursery we explore a wide range of topics, the inspiration for these comes from the children’s own interests and so we never plan too far in advance. Within all of the topics, activities are designed to discover and develop early mathematical thinking, a love of books, stories and songs, how to keep ourselves healthy, the word around us and how to get along with others. For information about specific topics each week, please see the parent’s noticeboard in the Admiral Nursery corridor. A typical year might look something like this:

  •          Term 1: Initially spent getting to know you and your child, settling them in to Nursery and helping them to understand and follow some of the daily routines and boundaries. We think about kind hands and feet, sharing and helping at tidy-up time. We look at shape, colour and reciting numbers. We practice listening skills and share lots of stories. We explore autumn and the weather.
  •          Term 2: Our main topics include Bonfire Night, winter weather and Christmas.
  •          Term 3: Traditional tales such as Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  •          Term 4: Finding out about wild animals, exploring pets through stories such as Dear Zoo, and learning about what comes out of an egg.
  •          Term 5: Thinking about mothers and babies and how we have grown, different ways of moving our bodies, understanding what a seed needs to grow and planting seeds.
  •          Term 6: We go on a Minibeast hunt, going on holiday, including different kinds of transport and how to stay safe in the sun. Finding out about the sea and the creatures that live there.

 

7. Daily routines               

Routines are very important to help the children to feel secure and settled at Nursery. Consistent routines and boundaries help children to understand what is expected of them, what is coming next and help them to become more independent and confident. The structure of the day varies in Admiral Nursery as the school year progresses. When the children are ready and able to maintain a longer attention span, a story time and a focused group activity (maths or literacy) are included each day.

Daily routine

9.00 Children arrive at Nursery and settle to an activity of their choice from those on offer within the room.

9.30 Story time (once children are ready)

9.50 Tidy time

10.00 Outside play

10.30 Tidy outside area and come inside. Visit toilet/change nappy and wash hands.

10.40 Snack

10.55 Second free choice session

11.30 Tidy time

11.40 Group activity (once children are ready)

11.50 – 12.00 Parents arrive, Hometime

 

8. ILD

 

In nursery we use ILD (interactive learning diary) to capture and record the observations made as children explore and learn. By the end of Term 1, a secure access to the Parent Portal will allow you to view your child’s progress at any time. This will enable you to become fully involved in your child’s learning and development through active participation.

 

 

9. Child Protection

We take the safety of all our children very seriously, and ask that NO mobile phones are to be used when entering school or classrooms.

 

10. Forest School

In the Admiral Nursery we offer regular Forest School sessions for the children, where we immerse ourselves in the school’s outdoor spaces and explore the natural world in more detail. Outdoor learning is one of the healthiest and most powerful kinds of learning and we are lucky to have a fantastic outside area to explore here at Waycroft.

We will give you advance notice of forthcoming Forest School days. Your child will need a warm coat, wellies and a change of trousers.

                                                  

11. Key Workers

A key worker is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children. The key worker gets to know the children very well and so helps them to feel safe and cared for. Once all children have settled into nursery we will let you know who your child’s key worker is. We look forward to building a positive partnership with you.

We are always happy to speak to you, whether it is at the beginning or the end of a session, or on the phone if this is more convenient. It might be that we need to phone you after a session, but we will always try to contact you the same day.

 

 

 

12. Parents’ Meetings and PLODs

We aim to book a 10 minute meeting with you (either at the beginning or end of the session) towards the end of term 1. This is to focus on your child’s strengths and areas for development and is when we share your child’s first PLOD (Possible Lines of Development) with you. A second PLOD is usually written towards the end of term 3. During your child’s time with us we are also responsible for completing their Two-Year-Old check, unless this has already been completed by their previous setting or health care professional. Please let us know if this is the case.

If you need to speak to us at any other time about your child’s achievements, progress or emotional well-being then please let us know. We are here to help.

 

13. What to wear

We do not have a school uniform in the Admiral Nursery. Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes that allow them to move freely and which won’t matter if they get messy. Even if your child is fully toilet trained, please send a spare set of clothes for messy play.

Please think about toilet training when you dress your child for Nursery. Trousers or leggings with an elasticated waist are ideal for this stage.

Shoes should allow your child to run, jump and climb safely. Flip-flops are not allowed.

We play outside every day so your child will need clothes appropriate for the weather. As a minimum: A WARM, WATERPROOF COAT, HAT, GLOVES/MITTENS and WATERPROOF SHOES in winter, a SUNHAT in summer.

You are welcome to bring a pair of named wellies to leave in your child’s drawer.

 

14. Intimate Care Policy

An intimate care policy must be signed before children start in our setting if they are still in nappies when they start, and will require changing.

We will work with you to ensure a consistent approach for your child’s toilet training experience.

 

Contact Us

Waycroft Academy

Selden Road

Stockwood

Bristol BS14 8PS

( 0117 377 2198 / 0117 377 2608

Fax: 0117 377 2285

info@waycroftacademy.com

www.waycroftacademy.com

 

Executive Headteacher: Tracy French

Head of School: Lisa Craig

EYFS Team Leader: Alison Ferguson

2 Year Old Lead: Teresa Verrinder