About the Nursery….

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Parklands Nursery School opened in 1970 as a purpose built Nursery School. OutstandingLogo11-12_RGBWe offer Nursery education on a part time and full time basis to children aged 3-4 years. We encourage an informal child-centred environment where your child is encouraged to play, explore and learn at their own pace with qualified staff. In May 2012 we had an outstanding Ofsted report – click here to access the report.

We have 4 areas within the Nursery setting: Green Room, Red Room, Kitchen and Outside.

When the children arrive they can choose where they would like to play, and they move freely between the areas. The staff encourage the children to take part in all learning experiences both indoors and outdoors. During both morning and afternoon sessions the children are asked to choose a healthy snack and are encouraged to be independent – pouring their own drink, cutting their own fruit and vegetables and making their own sandwiches. Towards the end of the Nursery session all the children enjoy a group time with their family worker. Group time might include; dance, music, drama and listening to stories. There are four family workers and each child and family has a key person that supports them in the Nursery. The family worker groups are red, yellow, green, and blue.

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To ensure that the children settle happily into our environment parents are a big part of this important process. We like to visit you and your family at home before you take up your Nursery place. It is an opportunity for you and your child to meet the Nursery staff. It is a time for you to tell us about your child and a time for you to find out about the Nursery. Parents are encouraged to stay and settle their children into their Nursery session – it is as important that parents are as comfortable to leave as the children are comfortable to stay.

The Nursery is open term time and offers 5 morning sessions, 5 afternoon sessions or full time places. The morning sessions run from 8.45am to 11.45am and the  afternoon sessions run from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

During their time at Nursery children will become confident, independent caring and responsible learners. We provide them with many opportunities to learn from first hand experience and through interaction with adults and other children, and the environment.

All of our rooms activities are centred around the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum • Personal, social and emotional development • Communication and language • Physical development • Maths • Literacy • Understanding of the world • Expressive Arts and Design.

During the Nursery year the children are encouraged to develop the 3 prime areas first – Personal, social and emotional development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. You can find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals and a range of resources and contacts at: www.foundationyears.org.uk.