We believe that each person is special and each day is important.
St. Willibrord’s Nursery is a 39 place nursery within an Early Years Foundation Stage Unit. The ethos of the nursery is learning through play both in the inside and outside environment. Children access the six areas of learning through fun, interesting, explorative and interactive activities. At St. Willibrord’s we aim to promote the all round development of the children through provision of a stimulating, safe and secure environment which is planned, prepared and organised with the developmental needs of the young child in mind.
By the time children leave the nursery our expectations are that children will be able to:
• Write their own name forming each letter correctly
• Count by rote, order, represent and recognise numbers to ten
• Be confident to play and learn both in nursery and the wider school environment.
We value the fact that parents are the children’s first teachers. With this in mind, parents are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of their children’s learning and we aim to work alongside you in the development of your child. Each child’s achievements are recorded regularly in a profile. Throughout your child’s time in nursery parents have the opportunity to meet with the Nursery staff to review targets and read their child’s profile.
The children are encouraged to learn about healthy choices, each day the children: Clean their teeth and have a healthy snack and milk. Children also take part in baking sessions (weekly) and regular exercise, including Freddy Fit aerobics, dance, gymnastics and Games, in addition to daily opportunities for physical development outside.
The children have access to a large range of equipment both indoors and outside.
The children take home a free choice book each Friday along with a reading diary. Parents are encouraged to send messages back to school in these.
The Nursery children are settled in to the Nursery class on a staggered intake. Home visits take place the term prior to their start date and a ‘stay and play’ day is arranged for both parents and children to become familiar with the setting and staff.
The children’s hours are increased as they become confident and settled. This has proved a very successful method for the children and most begin full time placements very quickly.
The Nursery staff welcome all parents into the setting in the morning and evening and are available to discuss any issues regarding their child. Parents/ Carers are also invited in to Nursery every term for a formal review of learning.
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