Welcome to Blenheim Primary Nursery!
We look forward to getting to know you and your child.
Our staff are:
Mrs Charlesworth Russell
Assistant Head Teacher and Foundation Stage Leader
Our 39 place Nursery offers fully flexible provision from 8.45am to 3.15pm. All children are entitled through NEG funding, to receive 15 hours free Nursery education per week, from their third birthday and some 30 hours free. If you require more hours for your child please request a place with the nursery teachers. There will be additional fees for this which will need to be paid weekly at the school office. Please go online (www.gov.co.uk) to see if you are entitled to 30 hours
Children are admitted at the start of each term, when places are available. We have a waiting list and you can add your child's name by visiting the main school office and filling out a form, the team can help you with this.
When we are able to offer your child a place, you will be invited to visit the Nursery and meet the staff. This is followed by two members of Nursery staff visiting your child at home. We believe that there should be a strong partnership between home and school, together supporting your child as they make their first tentative steps on their journey through school. This visit is a good way of us getting to know you and your child and offers you the opportunity to find out more about what will happen whilst your child is at the nursery If English is not your first language, you may like to invite a friend to translate for you.
The Nursery is arranged in 'areas of provision' which support the principals of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Your child will be encouraged to explore these areas, developing independence and confidence, taking increasing responsibility for their own learning. The nursery practitioners observe children as they learn through play, identifying learning styles and 'next steps' for individual children, which in turn informs the changes and enhancement of the provision. More information about the EYFS can be found at www.foundationyears.org.uk as well as the Department for Education website: www.education.gov.uk/publications.
Parents are welcome to join their child in play at the start of each nursery session. Throughout the year, parents are invited to specific events such as story telling, reading and number workshops, family fun days and concerts. What the children are specifically learning throughout the week is displayed for parents and we are always very interested to hear about what the children are learning at home.
Our vision in the Foundation Stage is to nurture children’s natural enthusiasm to learn.
By understanding what our children already know, we inspire learning through excellent play opportunities and a passion for bringing a rich and varied curriculum to life. Thoughtfully planned learning opportunities and robust assessments aim to lead the children towards self-motivation and challenge, encourage self-discipline, perseverance and commitment to their learning and self. The staff team scaffold the children as they learn and develop.
We do this by…
Interactions with children during planned and child initiated play and activities:
Communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing and by facilitating and setting challenges.
Please find below useful links for information regarding your child's journey in the Foundation Stage.
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Reading is a hugely important part of the nursery day and we want all of our children to enjoy reading. Please find a below a guide to give you ideas on how you can help your child at home;
This half term we will be learning all about the traditional story of The Gingerbread Man. The children will be encouraged to remember and retell the story and will be identifying the main events in the story and sequencing them using a story map.
The children have already been busy learning some of our actions to help them remember the story. Please see below:
In maths, this half term, the children will be learning all about the numbers 0-10. There will be lots of fun activities where the children can develop their number recognition, counting skills and number formation.
The children have been working so hard to learn our new sounds/letters and it has been great to hear that many of the children are sharing their learning of the new sounds they have learnt with you at home! Please see below to see some of the children writing the letters we have learnt.