Ss Alban & Stephen
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Herts AL1 5EX
Tel: 01727 854643 Fax: 01727 893158
Welcome to our Nursery
Welcome to the Nursery class! We have a purpose-built Foundation
Stage Unit in the grounds of the school with its own fenced playground
and garden. The FSU is totally secluded and very safe for our
children’s outdoor play.
Our Mission Statement is:
“Building God’s Community of Love and Learning”
In our Nursery we aim to help children understand their unique identity
as children of God. We encourage them to strive to do their best at all
times in every aspect of their learning and play.
We do this by providing the children with a welcoming, secure, happy
environment where every child feels valued.
We celebrate their talents and achievements in a variety of ways and
recognise that every child has a talent, a special gift, which makes
that child unique.
We aim to always treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
We want to extend a warm welcome to you all and hope that you will
soon feel part of our school family.
We are delighted that your child will soon be joining our Nursery and
would like to take this opportunity to inform you as much as we can
about life in Nursery and how you can best prepare your child.
If you have any questions or points to clarify after reading this
booklet, please contact our Headteacher, Paula Holden,
on 01727 854643.
The Nursery has two classes
each day—one in the morning
and one in the afternoon.
8.45 am—11.45 am
Each class lasts for three hours. All curriculum activities are offered
to both morning and afternoon classes so all
children have equality of opportunity.
Fidgety Fingers—fine motor control activities
Welcome and prayers
Teaching time—adult focus activities in large or small groups
Busy Time—Child Initiated Learning
Indoors & Outdoors (Free Flow)
Snack time (milk, water & fruit) Brain Gym —Story time
Teaching time—adult focus activities in large or small groups
Going Home Time & Prayers
Happy Days Lunch Club runs for 3/4 of an hour between
morning and afternoon Nursery.
Please ask for separate information.
Our Day - Regular Activities
All children will be given a set library day when they can choose a
story or information book to take home
We have a specialised music teacher who takes the children for a
30 minute slot every week (Thursday)
We have a specialised ICT teacher who takes the children for a
30 min whiteboard slot every week (Thursday or Friday)
We go to the hall every week for an apparatus, games or dance
In the hall we do apparatus, games or dance work in bare feet. Our Nursery
uniform (joggers/shorts) allows freedom of movement. But, please make sure
your child has socks and footwear which are easy to put on.
(no tights or laces please!)
We cook as often as we can and use a lot of food stuffs on the finger
strong table. We would appreciate a donation (approx £3) towards
these activities at the start of the year.
Snacks in Nursery
Each day the children have a piece of fruit which is provided at snack time.
This healthy snack is very popular with the children and is provided free of
charge to children from Nursery to Year 2 under the Government’s School
Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. No other snacks are allowed.
Milk is available free of charge each day for children in Nursery.
Milk is ordered in advance near the end of each term.
Fresh water is available if preferred.
Our uniform gives a clear, smart identity to
every child in the school and Nursery.
The children are encouraged to wear their
uniform with pride. Winter
Green school sweatshirt
It is essential that every item of uniform is Bottle green joggers
named, preferably with a sew-in name tape. White Polo Top
These are available to order from our uniform Summer
supplier, ACE Clothing (tel 0845 017 0813 or
0845 017 0814). ACE Clothing visit the school
to sell uniform each term. At other times you
Red school hat
can telephone or send an order to them.
Order forms are available from the school
office. The school receives a generous
commission from the sale of uniform.
School hats are
available from the
The Foundation Curriculum
The time spent in the Nursery and in the Reception class is called the
It is exactly what it says—a foundation for future learning. Most of the time it
won’t feel like learning! But in Foundation ‘every opportunity is a learning
opportunity’. The children see it as fun and an extension of their play. But they
will be gaining all the basic skills that will get them off to a flying start when
they reach Year 1.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
There are six broad areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Communication, Language & Literacy
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
The children will progress through a variety of developmental stages finally
working towards the Early learning goals which most children are expected to
achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage.
The children learn through a variety of adult focussed activities and child
initiated play opportunities. The classrooms are carefully set up to allow the
children independence to develop their learning.
The Importance of Play!
Play is a young child’s way of learning. It nourishes, sustains, enriches and
stimulates the child’s development in a way no other activity can.
Quite often what adults see as ‘play’, children identify as ‘work’. We value
everything a child does, whether they are making a model, writing their name,
painting a picture, or playing with sand.
‘Letters and Sounds’ is a Primary National strategy to provide a high quality
approach towards teaching phonics, an important early part of learning to
read and spell.
There are 6 phases and in the Nursery we follow Phase 1, which recognises
and promotes the central importance of developing speaking and listening
The more words a child knows and understands the better, so please take
time to chat to your child giving each other your full attention.
Then as opportunities naturally occur. play with words that rhyme, listen to
environmental sounds, play with the patterns in words such as syllables, make
up silly strings of words that start with the same sound, play eye spy, sing
You can also help your child develop a love of books by reading aloud for a few
minutes each day, by ‘telling’ the story using the pictures as a guide and by
talking about the story.
Book bags are an important part of
school life as they help to bring home
books, pictures and letters.
Help your child to develop a sense of
responsibility by returning school
books on the appointed day. If you
have an accident with school books
please inform us.
Please bring your child’s book bag to
school each day and check it
regularly for letters.
Book Bags are available from the school
Helping in Nursery
Our staff welcome regular help from interested adults—in fact we often ‘beg’
people who can spare the time to help us! This may be in the form of sharing
books on ‘book days’, playing maths games or helping with the computer.
If you can’t spare time because of other commitments, you can help in other
ways, e.g. washing painting overalls, repairing/making clothes for the dressing-
up trolley, providing junk materials, wood cuts/nails/anything that may be
useful for the children in their work.
Parents/carers are always welcome to come into the Nursery to discuss any
concerns. Staff are usually free to talk for a few minutes at the start or end
of the day but if you need longer we are happy to make an appointment
at a time convenient to you.
Parents and children are invited to attend an ‘arrival chat & visit’ in the initial
days just before your child starts in the Nursery. Your child will have an op-
portunity to familiarise themselves again with the setting and meet other chil-
dren who are also about to start. As parents you will have a chance to talk to
the class teacher about your child and meet other parents. The teacher will
have a chance to discuss the new intake questionnaire that we ask all parents
There is then a consultation evening just for parents at a midway point and an
open / school celebration evening for all family members at the end of the
Observations of each child’s developments are kept throughout the year.
All records and reports are passed on to Reception, helping
to ensure a smooth transition for children transferring to the next stage of
their school life.
A written report is given to parents towards the end of the
child’s third term.
Arriving at School
Please try to walk to school whenever possible. If you do come by car, please
try to park in a neighbouring road and walk the last short distance. Parking
close to school is very limited. The school car park is for staff only with the
exception of Fridays when the green gate is opened and parents can park in the
playground to attend our Friday assemblies.
When walking to Nursery, please use the green gate in Vanda Crescent or the
one on Camp Road. The climbing equipment on the playground must not be used
unless children are being supervised by a member of staff.
Afternoon parents are requested to wait inside the nursery cloakroom
until the start of the session.
Absence from Nursery
Please ensure your child arrives at Nursery on time. Late arrivals disturb the
rest of the class. Habits created at a very young age are accepted by children
as the norm. Please create the habit of punctuality and regular attendance in
your child. If your child is not well then please keep them at home until they
are better. If your child is taking medicine prescribed by the doctor during a
short illness it is best, if possible, to ensure that all doses are finished before
returning to Nursery.
Please telephone to inform the school if your child is going to be
absent (01727 854643). This enables us to keep the registers up-to-date.
Holidays in Term-Time
Authorised absence is rarely granted for term-time holidays.
Any absence during term-time is discouraged unless your child is ill.
A day off school is a day of learning lost.
If you have a special reason for taking time off during term-time,
please contact the Headteacher before any booking is made.