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:
The bookings for this years tour dates are now full. If you would like to visit the school in the meantime, you are welcome to attend our Exhibition Evening on the 11th July from 4.30pm – 8pm.
There will be further tour dates available in the new academic year. Please check back with us in September.
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.
Spring Term Curriculum 2019
Topic title(s) and summary overview 3rd and 4th half term
Spring 1: Terrific Transport- We will be reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts including ‘The Naughty Bus’, ‘Terrific Trains’ and ‘Flashing Fire Engines.’ We will learn about road safety and travel by land, sea and air.
Spring 2: Growing- the children will plant their own beans and learn what we need to do to keep a plant healthy. We will discuss how our bodies grow and change as we get older.
Please note that our main focus will be building on last terms learning and ensuring the children feel safe, happy and secure.
Please read the sections below to find out what your child will be learning in the spring term.
Communication and Language (C&L)
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:
- Listening and attention
To ensure your child really excels in communication and language we will be immersing the children in the following activities:
Rhymes and rhyming songs and stories
Traditional tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the ‘Enormous Turnip’ as part of our growing topic
Role play including a car park and car wash, emergency services and garden centre
Circle Time and Key Group Time to encourage speaking and listening in small groups
It is our belief that children need as much exposure to these activities to ensure they develop into the best learners that they can be
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 the Early years Foundation Stage PSED is broken down into three aspects:
- Making Relationships
- Self Confidence and self awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
In order for your child to develop successfully in this area we will:
Talk freely about our homes and communities
Play with friends and continue to develop relationships at school
Continue to consolidate the rules and routines of the setting (including behavioural expectations)
Continue to share
Continue to show kindness towards others
Develop listening skills by listening to our teachers, stories, songs and each other
Continue to learn how to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise, saying sorry etc
Talk about how we are feeling during circle time activities
Continue to recognise our own feelings and be able to tell a friend how they are making them feel
Develop an understanding of the schools values through stories, role play and circle times
Physical Development (PD)
Physical development is as the title suggests about how babies and 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 the Early Years Foundation Stage, 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:
Playground games e.g. parachute, honey bear
Travelling in different ways
Climbing and jumping
Constructing models using a range of different materials building cars, trucks, planes and emergency vehicles
PE lessons with Mrs Koupland.
Develop their gross motor and fine motor skills
Continue to manage self care independently
Being able to read is the most important skill children will learn and has far-reaching implications for lifelong confidence and well-being. Literacy is often thought of as the ability’ to read and write’ but it also includes being able to speak and listen.
In the EYFS, Literacy has two aspects:
To develop early reading and writing your child will be taught and immersed in the following:
Immersion in a broad and rich language experience
Letters and Sounds-a programme which helps to develop speaking and listening skills to make a good start for reading and writing
Continue to read a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction) and encourage the children to join in with key phrases and repetitive language. Our Nursery newsletter will inform you of our book of the week
Opportunities for and purposeful contexts to encourage mark making through play
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:
- Shape, Space and Measures
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 using concrete apparatus (Numicon) and immersing the children in a number rich environment through songs, play and activities. In the course of this, your child will learn to:
Participate in daily counting activities and songs including the number of the week
Recognise numbers in the environment
Practice careful 1:1 counting-touch the object as they say the number name
Explore Numicon-become familiar with the size, shape and colour of the numicon pieces ready for reception
Identify shapes and patterns through construction.
Find how many by grouping
Begin to use positional language (e.g. behind, on top of etc)
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 the EYFS, Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:
- People and Communities
- The World
To help your child understand the world we will:
Learn about growing e.g. planting seeds and potatoes, life cycles of butterflies, spring, new life and how we grow and change
Care for our class pets
Learn about different occupations-emergency services and how people help us.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Use the IWB and class computer to develop an early understanding of computing
Participate in cooking activities including a vegetable soup
Expressive Art and Design (EAD)
In the EYFS, EAD is broken down into two aspects:
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
Your child will:
Learn and perform a range of old and new songs
Explore rhythm, dance and moving to music
Play with musical instruments (e.g. drums, tambourines, maracas etc)
Dress-up and engage in imaginative play using ‘props’
Create vehicles using different media e.g. junk, small and large construction.
Explores colour and how colours can be changed
Continue to draw and paint
Visit from a ‘real-life’ superhero. If anyone one is or knows a police officer, fire fighter, nurse, doctor, dentist or vet and would like to talk to the children about their job please contact the Nursery teachers.
How parents can be involved in home learning
Please share stories with your child every day. Give your child lots of opportunities to colour, cut and draw in order to develop their fine motor skills. Please glance at the donation wall occasionally, every contribution, however small really does help. Read the weekly Nursery newsletter. 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.