Children Starting In September
On your child’s start date they will only stay for 3 hours. You are welcome to stay for the first hour to help your child settle in.
From the second day they can stay for the time which you booked.
If you have booked any extended day hours they will be available from your child’s second day at school.
Children can only start at Coldfall nursery once they have been fully toilet trained. Parents will need to ensure that children can use the toilet and wipe themselves independently.
Eligibility for free provision 15 or 30 hrs
All children are entitled to 15 hours’ free provision, regardless of household income.
To qualify for 30 hours’ provision, both parents must be in work, and each earning at least £115 a week but one parent must be earning less than £100, 000 per year. In a single parent family, the parent must be earning more than £115 per week and less than £100,000 per year.
An eligibility checkeoperated by HMRC is available HERE School requires proof of eligibility.
How To Apply
To apply, please download the form, complete and return it to the school by 31st March, along with the supporting documents:
An oasis of love, laughter and life in the heart of the community
Coldfall School has had a nursery for children aged 3-4 years for over 20 years. Our Early Years provision has a long-standing track record of being graded as Outstanding by OFSTED. We offer an effective, nurturing environment in which children thrive and develop all the early building blocks and characteristics for future learning.
Autumn Term Curriculum 2018
|Topic title(s) and summary overview 1st and 2nd half term
Autumn 1: Getting to know my Nursery
Autumn 2: Seasons and Celebrations
At the beginning of the school year our main focus will be on getting the children to settle into Nursery. Our priority is making sure that the children feel happy, safe and secure as soon as possible so that they have the best possible start.
Below are all the aspects of learning that your child will have in the Autumn Term.
Communication and Language (C&L)
In the Nursery, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:
· Listening and attention
We will be encouraging the children to:
Talk and play with others in the Nursery.
Learn the names of the areas in Nursery, other children and nursery staff.
Enjoy listening to stories, songs and rhymes related to our topics such as ‘Guess How Much I Love You-All Year Round’, ‘Squirrel’s Autumn Search’ and ‘Elmer and the Wind’.
Follow simple directions.
Talk about family members and special family events, share family photos and add to our ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ display.
Talk about our favourite seasons and types of weather and the reasons why.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes to themselves and others. In order for your child to develop successfully in this area we will:
Recognise and understand sympathy and empathy by acting out and naming different feelings, sharing stories and talking about how the characters feel and why and talk about our feelings.
Become familiar with Nursery routines and expectations.
Make friends with other children. Talk about what it means to be a good friend.
Play in a group, taking turns and sharing fairly.
Learn to put up our hand and take turns to speak during Carpet Time.
Choose activities and resources independently.
Physical Development (PD)
Physical development is as the title suggests about how young children gain control of their bodies, but it also includes how children learn about keeping themselves active and healthy and how they learn to use equipment and materials successfully and safely. In Nursery, Physical Development is broken down into two aspects:
· Moving and Handling
· Health and Self-Care
· To support your child in developing in this area they will participate in the following activities:
Explore and experiment with malleable materials. E.g. play-dough, plasticene, cornflour etc.
Use outdoor climbing and wheeled equipment safely.
Develop fine motor skills in different activities. E.g. Cooking, using outdoor chalks, play dough, construction kits and accessing our ‘Funky Fingers’ area.
Develop Gross motor skills outside E.g. climbing, balancing, throwing and catching.
Practise ‘Seasons’ Yoga.
· Start P.E. sessions with Charlie.
Manage self care independently (including toileting, general hygiene and changing clothes)
Literacy is often thought of as the ability ‘to read and write’ but it also includes strong oracy skills which includes being able to speak clearly and listen to those around you.
In the EYFS, Literacy has two aspects:
To develop early reading and writing your child will be taught and immersed in the following:
Develop gross and fine motor skills (see physical development) to prepare for drawing and writing.
Enjoy rhyming and rhythmic activities.
Join in with familiar stories and songs.
Listen to and enjoy stories and poems.
Tune in to and listen for every day sounds (Letters and Sounds)
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:
Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems. In order to do this, we will be immersing the children in a number rich environment through songs, play, activities and games. In the course of this, your child will learn to:
Count how many children have come to nursery using our self registration wall.
Join in with number songs/rhymes.
Use some number names in play.
Recite numbers in order.
Show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes and construction materials.
Use positional language by creating obstacle courses and using the climbing frame.
Understanding the World (UW)
Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment. In Nursery, Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:
To help your child understand the world we will:
Begin to use simple programmes on the computer.
Talk about some of the things we observe and do.
Find out about nature and the world around us by visiting our nature trail and taking part in Autumn and Winter hunts.
Show care and concern for living things by caring for our class pets. Learning why Orwell the tortoise and other animals hibernate.
Find out about different types of weather and seasons using our all our senses.
Talk about times and places that are special to our families. We will invite parents in to talk about special festivals and celebrations.
Expressive Art and Design (EA&D)
In Nursery, EA&D is broken down into two aspects:
· Exploring and using media and materials
· Being imaginative
Your child will:
Join in with a range of songs and rhymes including music sessions with Ms Vetch.
Enjoy listening to and moving to music and carpet times and independently in their play by accessing the musical instruments outside.
Use role play for different purposes.
Use a range of resources to create collages, displays, constructions etc.
Use construction materials to make enclosures, stack and build.
Christmas Sing a long – date TBC
How parents can be involved in home learning
* Read the parent/carer board and the Nursery newsletter regularly.
* Talk positively with your child about their time in Nursery.
*Share books, rhymes and songs daily.
*Please be familiar with the seven areas of learning (as stated above) and think about how you can support your child at home in developing in these areas.
Open from 8AM to 6PM from September 2017
New from September 2017
We have extended our Nursery Provision to take account of parent demand and to offer 30 hours free provision for eligible parents.
You will be able to find out how to prove your eligibility by visiting: www.gov.uk. Our nursery will offer places for up to 34 children at any one time during the core hours of 9am and 3pm, and 26 places during extended day (8am-9am/ 3pm-6pm) during school term time (ie: 38 weeks a year).
Parents applying for 15 hours can choose the morning session (9am- 12 noon) or the afternoon session (12.30-3.30) Monday to Friday.
If you are entitled to 30 hours you can book 9am-3pm Monday to Friday.
Hours outside the 15 hours and 30 hours entitlement can be requested on the application form and will be charged at £8 per hour. We will ask you to pay a deposit of £140 which will be refunded against your last Summer Term payment.
Please note: Children can only start at Coldfall nursery once they have been fully toilet trained. Parents will need to ensure that children can use the toilet and wipe themselves independently.
Extended day for Nursery and Reception
The extended day for our nursery runs from 8.00am-6.00pm with Reception aged children from the three Reception classes also having access to this provision in the nursery classroom if there are available spaces.
The staff team members and ratio for these hours are the same as for the core hours to ensure that provision is seamless and children feel nurtured and well supported by adults they know.
Breakfast and after school snacks are provided by the school kitchen and brought into the nursery classroom on trolleys. Breakfast consists of healthy cereals or porridge, fruit and toast; after school snacks could be sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads, fruit or other options depending on the menu for the week. Children drink milk or water.
Please contact our Admin Team for further information, or to book a place.
Morning provision begins at 8am and runs until the Reception children go to class as 8.55am
You can book after school care from 3. 30 pm until 6 pm. (Although you can pick your child up before 6pm the session can only be booked as a block session of 2.5 hours).
Prices (per Day)
|Foundation Stage Early Birds||£ 8.00|
|Foundation Stage Night Owls 3pm – 3.30pm (Nursery only)||£ 4.00|
|Foundation Stage Night Owls 3.30pm – 6pm||£ 20.00|
|Foundation Stage Night Owls 3pm – 6pm (Nursery only)||£ 24.00|
The nursery operates in a fully equipped self-contained nursery classroom with designated areas for play, sleep, stories, arts and crafts, role play, games and puzzles. There are also en-suite toilet facilities. Children can only start at Coldfall nursery once they have been fully toilet trained. Parents will need to ensure that children can use the toilet and wipe themselves independently.
The large outdoor play area allows children plenty of opportunity to spend time outside, develop their physical skills and enjoy lots of fresh air. There is a climbing frame, sand pit, water play, art area, growing area and lots of space to run around or ride bikes or scooters. The children also help to look after our two pet rabbits housed in a hutch outdoors.
At meal times the tables will be laid for the children to eat in the nursery classroom. Food is cooked in the school kitchen and delivered on hot trolleys. All our meals follow the Department for Education’s nutritional guidelines. There is a healthy well balanced menu offering a daily meat or vegetarian option and catering for reasonable dietary requirements. Meal times are seen as an important part of the day when we enjoy our food together and develop habits of healthy eating and good table manners. At lunch time children may have a school meal or bring in their own packed lunch.
How the Day is Structured
Our staff has a great commitment to meeting every child’s needs and ensuring they have a happy and creative time with us. On our nursery staff we have a fully qualified lead teacher and nursery nurse as well as a number of teaching assistants with Early Years expertise. Children are allocated a key worker who works with them on a 1:1 basis, although all the children are well known by all the staff. There is a ratio of at least 1 adult to 13 children, but this may be higher depending on overall numbers of children on our books at any one time.
When children arrive they are welcomed, registered and encouraged to find an activity they enjoy.
During the day there are several whole group carpet sessions for story, singing, new learning and reflection time; opportunities for small group work or 1:1 activities with an adult and free choice activities from a range of learning areas (eg role play, sand and water play, construction, arts and crafts, English and Maths games).
There are set meal and snack times during the day. There is also plenty of opportunity for outdoor play and learning during every session. If children are tired after lunch, there is a quiet, cosy corner for a nap.
Towards the end of the day, there are quieten- down activities, such as a story and time to talk about the day before parents collect their children by 6pm.