Whether you are already a Nursery parent or someone who is thinking of joining us in the future, welcome from the Nursery team. Hopefully you will find the information on this page interesting and informative. If you have any questions about Southdown Nursery please come and see us, we will be happy to help.
The Nursery Team
Mrs Heaton - Morning Nursery Teacher (9.00 - 11.30am)
Mrs Moore - Afternoon Nursery Teacher (12.30 - 3.00pm)
Mrs Fermor-Worrell - Nursery Nurse (am & pm)
Mrs Lewis - Classroom Assistant (am & pm)
Mrs Merrilees-Kelly - Teaching Assistant (PPA)
Our first priority is to make all children feel happy and secure in school so that they can become successful learners. Every child will be given opportunities and support to develop their skills and interests at their own level. In Nursery we work hard to foster curiosity, determination and a love of learning which will provide your child with a firm foundation for their future education and a positive start to their school life.
Learning Through Play
Play is an important part of your child's development and learning. We will provide many opportunities for exciting and interesting play and will support them and guide them as they learn. When they tell you that they have been digging in soil, pouring water, mixing paint with their hands, exploring rainbow jelly and writing in shaving foam, remember that they are also learning to solve problems, finding out how things work, practising the language of maths and science, developing pencil control and learning to play co-operatively with their friends.
Take a moment to watch our slideshow of photographs showing how we develop skills across the curriculum.
For part of the session each day, children will be able to choose to learn indoors or out. They will have access to all areas of the curriculum outside so that children who prefer to learn and play outdoors will have equal access to writing, number, construction, role play, sand and water as those who prefer to be indoors. We find that most children do both.
As well as the Nursery playground we also learn outdoors in the school garden and in the woods.
School uniform is not compulsory in our Nursery, however we find that most parents choose to send their children in uniform because it makes them feel part of the school. Uniform is available to purchase from the school office
We enjoy hands on experimenting and investigating in Nursery, so it is likely that clothes will get messy, however we use aprons for painting, dough, gluing, water play etc and wet weather clothing for outdoor play in the mud and rain.
Every day the children in Nursery have a snack such as fruit, yoghurt, toast or cheese and crackers. This costs £1.00 per week which can be paid weekly on Monday or if you prefer you may pay at the beginning of each half term.
Please place snack money in an envelope labelled with your child's name and post it in the red snack box, which is by the Nursery door.
In Nursery we have P.E. in the hall once a week:
Morning Nursery - Tuesday
Afternoon Nursery - Wednesday
On P.E. days it would be helpful if children could come to school dressed in suitable clothes such as tracksuit bottoms or leggings, T.shirts and trainers. Usually P.E. will be in the hall, sometimes in trainers but often in bare feet.
We have lots of fun developing co-ordination and confidence through action songs and rhymes, balancing on benches, performing with gymnastic ribbons, playing parachute games and much more.
We also take part in lots of physical activity in the outdoor area.
Our topics in this term are Spring, farm, Summer, wild animals.
We always look forward to Nursery Sports Day and our trip to Park Hall Farm.
Watch this space for photographs of the children during this busy and exciting term.
Dates for your Diary
Friday 20th April – Friends coffee morning
Thursday 3rd May – Nursery trip to Park Hall Farm
Monday 7th May – Bank holiday (school closed)
Friday 11th May – Class photographs
Friday 25th May – Last day of term
Monday 4th June – Back to school
Wednesday 13th June – Nursery Sports Day (details to follow)
Sunday 17th June - Father’s Day
Friday 29th June - Own Clothes Day
Thursday 5th July - Moving Up Day. All Nursery children to attend school in the morning please 9.00 till 12.00 when they will spend time in the Reception classroom and will have a school dinner/packed lunch. NO AFTERNOON NURSERY SESSION ON THAT DAY.
Thursday 5th July 6pm– Reception Information Evening for parents – September 2018 classes
Friday 6th July- Nursery CLOSED (New Nursery intake visit)
Tuesday 10th July - School CLOSED -Buckley Jubilee Day
Thursday 12th July – Summer Fair 3.15 - 5.30
Friday 13th July - Wings, Wellies and Wigs Day - In support of Winston's Wish charity
Monday 16th July – 4 - 5pm Reports Surgery - if you are happy with your child’s report then you do not need to attend.
Wednesday 18th July – Nursery Party
Thursday 19th July – Last day of term