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					Mount Pleasant Nursery Information Booklet

Mount Pleasant Nursery, Mount Pleasant Infant School, Bagley Drive, Mount Pleasant , Shrewsbury, SY1 3BX. Telephone - Nursery 340117, School 357808.

Introduction.
We would like to welcome you to Mount Pleasant Nursery. The aim of this booklet is to provide you with information about the nursery which we hope will be of assistance to you. Mount Pleasant Nursery is part of Mount Pleasant Infant School. It was opened in September 1996 as a playgroup as a result of a school and LEA initiative to provide pre-school education for children in this area. In September 1997 through the LEA Nursery Expansion Initiative, the playgroup was able to become a Nursery Class. Together with the Reception classes, Mount Pleasant Nursery forms the Foundation Stage Department of Mount Pleasant Infant School. In 2005 the School was awarded a Quality Assurance Award with Investors in Children endorsement for its work in the Foundation Stage and this Quality Assurance Award has been maintained each year. Mount Pleasant Nursery operates for 10 two and a half hour sessions per week providing places for up to 32 children. Children may attend the Nursery either for five morning sessions, five afternoon sessions or two and a half whole day sessions per week. There is a Lunch Club to join morning and afternoon sessions for those having whole day sessions. Lunch Club is also available to those having morning or afternoon sessions. Children who come to Lunch Club bring a packed lunch and there is a small charge for supervision during the Lunch Club period. Supervision is led by suitably qualified staff (NVQ Level 3 or equivalent). The Nursery is run by a Nursery Teacher assisted by two Nursery Nurses. Volunteers and students are also welcomed into the Nursery, and provide valuable support alongside the permanent staff. Volunteers who wish to help in the Nursery are asked to fill in the Registration Form for Volunteers and to apply for a CRB check, for which forms are available from the school office. We believe that education begins at birth and is an on-going process. To be successful, education must be a partnership between home and school. Both partners must work together to achieve common goals and high standards. We actively encourage positive support and parental involvement in all aspects of nursery life. If you decide to send your child to Mount Pleasant Nursery we look forward to a happy and purposeful association with you and your child. Registration forms are available from the Nursery of the school office.

Mount Pleasant Nursery Staff.
Mount Pleasant Nursery has the following members of staff: Nursery Teacher: Nursery Nurses: Lunch Club Supervisor: : : : Mrs. Linda McKeown Mrs. Cate Jones Mrs Karen Jones Mrs. Bev Roberts

Admissions Policy.
Mount Pleasant Nursery offers quality pre-school education and care for 3 and 4 year old children. Parents wishing to send their child to Mount Pleasant Nursery should contact Mrs. J. Weston, Headteacher or Mrs. Linda McKeown, Nursery Teacher, who will provide further details about the nursery and an admission form.

Session Times.
Morning : Afternoon: Lunch Club: 9.10 a.m. to 11.40 a.m. 12.40 p.m. to 3.10 p.m. 11.30 a.m. to 12.50 a.m.

Nursery Funds.
The Nursery Class is funded by the Local Education Authority, so there is no charge for attending. However, parents are requested to make a voluntary contribution of 20p. per session towards Nursery Funds.

Mount Pleasant Nursery aims to achieve the following:1. To enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age and to prepare the children for the transition to the reception class in the Infant School. To provide a specifically tailored curriculum leading to approved learning outcomes, following the guidelines of the Local Education Authority Early Years Curriculum and in line with the ‘Early Learning Goals’ which set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Reception Year (QCA). To provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment to give every child an opportunity to fully develop his or her potential. To develop an awareness of self and sensitivity to others, to acquire a set or moral values and to develop habits of self discipline and acceptable behaviour. To provide the necessary resources and opportunities for all the varying special educational needs of the children, with support from the appropriate agencies. To provide full equal opportunities to all boys and girls and to all aspects of the curriculum. There should be a positive recognition of the educational needs of the ethnic minority pupils and recognition of the contribution which they can make to the school curriculum and community.

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These aims are achieved through the following areas of learning and experience.

Personal, social and emotional development.
Children are encouraged to be confident, to show appropriate self respect and establish effective relationships with children and adults. They will be given opportunities to work independently and in a group and they will be encouraged to concentrate and persevere in their learning. Children are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, to take turns and share fairly. They are encouraged to behave in appropriate ways, developing an understanding of what is right and wrong and why. In addition children are encouraged to treat living things, property and the environment with care and concern. They are given opportunities to respond to relevant cultural and religious events and show a range of feelings, such as wonder, joy or sorrow, in response to their experiences of the world.

Communication, language and literacy.
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and to use drawn and written symbols for themselves, including writing their own name. A well stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures. A selection of books is available for children to take home to share with their parents/carers. Protective book bags are on sale at Nursery (price £3.00) to keep books clean and safe. These are also useful for letters and work which children bring home from Nursery.

Mathematical development.
The children will be given the opportunity to use mathematical language to describe shape, size, quantity and position and to recognise and recreate patterns. They will take part in number rhymes, songs, stories and counting games and activities. The children will compare, sort, order, sequence and count using everyday objects. Through practical activities they will also be helped to begin to show an awareness of number operations such as adding and taking away.

Knowledge and understanding of the world.
Children will be encouraged to talk about where they live, their environment, their families and past and present events in their own lives. They will be given the opportunity to explore a range of living things identifying similarities and differences, pattern and change. The children will take part in designing and making activities involving cutting, joining, folding and building.

Physical development.
The children will be encouraged to move confidently and imaginatively with increasing control and co-ordination and an awareness of space and others. They will be given the opportunity to use a range of small and large equipment including balancing and climbing apparatus. The children will also be helped to handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials.

Creative development.
Children will be given the opportunity to explore sound and colour, textures, shape, form and space in 2 and 3 dimensions. They will take part in art, music, dance, stories and imaginative play using a widening range of instruments, materials and suitable tools.

Special Educational Needs.
Children with special educational needs (SEN.) will be given individual attention and support from within the resources available in the Nursery. Parents, will always be consulted where we think a child needs extra help with learning. Furthermore, the Nursery works in close liaison with professionals across the range of SEN. The Nursery/School follows the 'Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs' (DFE). For further information regarding the Nursery/School SEN. Policy contact Mrs. Linda McKeown, Nursery Teacher.

Record keeping, progress recording and reporting to parents.
A key worker system is used in the Nursery where each child is the responsibility of a particular member of staff. Each child works with all members of staff and volunteers, but their key worker is responsible for their overall welfare. Through this system a child's progress and future learning needs are assessed and recorded through frequent observations and are shared regularly with parents.

Parent’s Evenings are held termly for parents/carers of children in Nursery. Linda, Cate and Karen are always happy to discuss a child’s progress or any concerns that parents/carers have on a day to day basis. Details of children's progress are also provided to reception teachers prior to the children's transition to the Infant School.

Equal Opportunities.
The educational programme and working practices developed by Mount Pleasant Nursery promote equality of access and opportunity for all children to learn and make progress whatever their age, gender, attainment, ethnicity, special educational needs or competence in English.

Induction
During the term prior to each child’s admission to Nursery, Linda will contact parents/carers to arrange a home visit. The home visit is used to exchange information and agree induction arrangements.

Attendance
Induction to Nursery takes place over the first two weeks. After the induction period parents/carers are encouraged to make sure that their child attends Nursery each day (illness excepted) as children settle much more rapidly, make friendship groups and take part in the full range of activities when they attend each day. Please phone the Nursery if your child is going to be absent due to illness.

Discipline.
Good behaviour is stressed through the Nursery to provide a settled and happy environment for the children to play, learn and develop. Children will be encouraged to behave in the appropriate manner developing an understanding of what is right and wrong and why. In the event of continued unacceptable behaviour parents will be contacted to discuss the behaviour of their children. There is of course no corporal punishment.

Parental Participation in the Nursery.
The Nursery recognises the importance of parents/carers and Nursery staff working together to support the children's learning and the development of social skills. The Nursery is grateful for the support it receives from parents/carers and believes it is important to involve parents/carers in the Nursery as much as possible. Parents/carers are welcome to:a. discuss their child/children's progress with the adults in the Nursery. (It is helpful if an appointment is made). work in the Nursery with the children. assist with fund-raising activities.

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Health and Safety.
The Nursery works according to the LEA Health and Safety Policy.

Premises and Equipment.
The premises, equipment and materials used at Mount Pleasant Nursery are of a high quality. The premises meet accommodation requirements identified in the Educational (School Premises) Regulations Act 1981. Furthermore, staff and children have access to a variety of equipment and materials to promote the full range of learning outcomes.

Complaints Procedure.
It is hoped that most complaints can be solved by talking to Mrs. Linda McKeown, Nursery Teacher, and making sure that there are not any misunderstandings. A copy of the Complaints Procedure is available from the school.

Updated Oct 2007


				
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