NURSERY

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.

Nursery Visits

If you would like to visit the Nursery before completing your application form you need to book by filling in a Cognito form by Clicking Here. As there is a limit of 10 adults per tour, each adult attending must complete a separate form. If your first choice date is fully booked, please try another date. If you need to cancel your booking, please call the school office on 0208 883 0608. Please note Nursery visits are separate to whole school tours which are available to book under the Admissions and Tours section of the website.

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.

Nursery application form for the academic year 2022-2023

To fill in the Nursery application form please Click Here.

Guidance to your child's learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Summer Term Curriculum 2021

EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM PLAN

YEAR GROUP: Nursery TERM: Summer Term 2021

Topic title(s) and summary overview 5th  and 6th half term

Summer 1: Traditional Tales- Nursery will be reading a selection of classic traditional tales such as ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ The children will be encouraged to learn and join in with retelling the stories, using puppets and masks to act out them out and describe the characters and settings.

Summer 2: Amazing Animals-Nursery will learn about animals and their habitats. We will enjoy a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts such as ‘Mad About Minibeasts,’ ‘Animal Bop’, ‘On The Farm,’ ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We will develop our minibeast garden and the children will help to care for Orwell, the tortoise.

Please note that our main focus will be building on last term’s learning and ensuring the children feel safe, happy and secure. We will be preparing children for the transition into Reception.

Please read the sections below to find out what your child will be learning in the summer term.

Communication and Language (C&L)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:

·         Listening and attention

·         Understanding

·         Speaking

To ensure your child really excels in communication and language we will be immersing the children in the following activities:

Rhymes and rhyming/songs

Action songs

Retelling traditional stories using puppets and props

Developing their oracy and storytelling skills using ‘Tales Toolkit’

Role play including a traditional tales, fairytale castles and vets

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

Work collaboratively

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

Develop an understanding of the schools values through stories, role play and circle times

Develop the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ by sharing stories on feelings and kindness.

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 including races and obstacle courses

Travelling in different ways

Climbing and jumping using the ‘A’ frames

Constructing models using a range of different materials-building castles, houses for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and bridges for ‘The Billy Goats Gruff’

Bikes and scooters

Balancing

PE lessons with Mrs Koupland and Mr Browning

Develop their gross motor and fine motor skills- Holds pencil between thumb and two fingers (pincer grip), traces own name, leading to name writing

Handle scissors safely and correctly

Catching a large ball

Continue to manage self care independently

Literacy (L)

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:

  • Reading
  • Writing

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. We will be introducing a sound of the week in Summer 2 as part of our transition to Reception

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

Use Talk for Writing to help us recall key parts of a story

Handling books carefully and enjoy looking at them independently

Opportunities and purposeful contexts to encourage mark making through play

Maths (MD)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:

  • Numbers
  • 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 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

Recognise numbers in the environment

1:1 correspondence of number to object, up to 5 and then 10

Explore Numicon-become familiar with the size, shape and colour of the numicon pieces ready for Reception

Find how many by grouping

Talk about 2D shapes and name them: triangle, square, rectangle, oval, circle, pentagon, hexagon

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
  • Technology

To help your child understand the world we will:

Learn about animals and continue to care for our own Nursery pet, Orwell.

Talks about things they have observed -exploring nature by visiting the nature trail and allotment.

Forest Schools sessions with Ms Bunston

Use the IWB and class computer to develop an early understanding of computing

Participate in cooking activities including baking bread and gingerbread men

Safely use and explore a variety of materials e.g. designing houses for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and building strong bridges for ‘The Billy Goats Gruff’

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

Music sessions with Miss Vetch

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 masks, puppets and models from junk

Explore colour and how colours can be changed

Draw lines and shapes to represent a real or imaginary object, person etc.

Use natural objects to create artwork

Explore a variety of materials

Special Events

Anansi Adventure Workshop

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. Check your Tapestry regularly and read the weekly Nursery memo. 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.

 

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.

Reception children:

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
Our Facilities

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. 

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.

Meal times
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.

Miss O'Mahoney

Lead Practitioner

Mrs Nichols

Nursery Nurse

Miss Regis

Teaching Assistant