Nursery - North
Welcome to Nursery!
We have had so much fun over the last few weeks enjoying the beautiful weather in our garden, at the farm and in our Wildlife Area!! Our daffodils that we planted in Autumn have grown and look absolutely beautiful!!
Our topic this half term is Farm Animals. The children have enjoyed learning about life on the farm, the names of animals and their babies as well as reading stories and singing songs based around this topic.
When the Puffins met our baby chicks...
The Puffins have also learnt about how people celebrate Easter and have had a great time making cards to celebrate Mother's Day.
Our Sensory Room has also been a huge hit this half term. The children love spending time here enjoying the stimulating facilities it has to offer and having a relaxing break from our classroom.
The children at Nursery are currently learning the days of the week, months of the year and the different seasons. They have also had lots of fun learning the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make through songs and games. Some have even attempted writing their names!
The children are also learning numbers 1-5, the names of shapes and colours through play. The children have enjoyed counting natural objects, putting numbers in the correct order as well as finding shapes around their learning environment.
The most important thing is that the children are happy and are learning through play!!
North Site: Miss Mikkides, Luisa, Sam, Maryam, Margaret and Keely
At Mission Grove we want every child to be the best that they can be. We believe that this starts with a solid foundation and enjoyment of learning from the very beginning of a child’s school journey. We aim to provide the highest quality care and education for every child.
We strive to create a welcoming, safe and happy environment, which challenges and supports pupils to achieve their potential and to become independent, confident learners.
Mission Grove Nursery offers part time and full time for children aged between three and four. We are a play-based setting where children develop and learn both indoors and out, through carefully planned activities that are designed to stimulate their curiosity and develop their love for learning. Our aim is to give the children a fun, safe and stimulating space in which to start their journey into education.
Key Worker: Each child in the nursery has one special member of staff, their Key Person, who has specific responsibilities for that child and their family while they are with us. If you have an established friendship with a member of staff, they will not be your child's Key Person. Helen and the Senior Teachers allocate Key People.
Your Key Person will:
- complete an entry profile with you to enable us to get to know your child
- help your child to settle in
- be the person you talk to if you have any concerns
- meet with you to discuss your child’s progress
- make observations, take photographs, gather samples of work and plan for you child’s progress
- gather information from other members of staff, and share information with them about your child to help them move on in their learning
- write a record of your child’s achievements whilst at the nursery
- oversee your child’s transition to infant or primary school.
All the adults in the nursery work as a team and will support the development of your child but your child’s Key Person will be your first point of contact if you wish to discuss anything about your child. Having spoken to the Key Person you are welcome to speak to the class teacher as well.
Early Excellence and Special Books: How we record your child's achievements: Each area of the Early Years Foundation Stage has a number of Early Learning Goals which children are expected to achieve by the end of their Reception Year at Primary School.
Staff gather evidence on how children are progressing towards these Early Learning Goals and make observations to be added to their Learning Journals. We ask parents and carers to contribute to these Journals so that they become a record of a child’s development outside as well as inside school.
What you can do at home: The main way that children learn and develop at a young age is through their play. You should set aside some time each day to play with your child, doing an activity that they have chosen.
Reading to your child at home is also vital if they are to develop a love of books and reading. By reading to your child in any language every night as part of their bedtime routine, you will lay the foundations for a successful school life.
Finding their feet: One of the biggest things that your child will develop whilst at nursery is their sense of independence, from selecting toys and activities to dressing themselves.
It is important that when children start at the nursery they can go to the toilet by themselves and wash their hands. They should be wearing pants or knickers and not pull-ups. We are happy to deal with a few accidents and help develop your child’s confidence and toileting skills. Please let us know if you need any help or advice with toilet training.
Times: North Site
The morning session runs from 8.45am - 11.45am
The afternoon session runs from 12.45pm – 3.45pm
If your child is attending nursery full-time our session starts at 9am – 3pm. They will have lunch at 11.30am in the dining hall.
For more information about the Early Years Curriculum, Framework and Assessment, please use the following website which has a parent friendly guide;
Click here to view our Early Years Prospectus.
Stay & Play - North Site - Please see our notice board for the dates and times.
Our stay and play sessions are always popular, with loved ones enjoying the opportunity to join us for an hour and find out more about life here at Mission Grove.
But if you haven’t been to a session before you might not know what to expect.
You’ll be asked to sign up beforehand so we know how many parents or other family members to expect – and everyone is welcome (although please let us know in advance who is attending!).
Before you arrive, staff will have set out numerous activities for the children and yourself to take part in, which could be anything from crafts to take home and messy play to role play and musical instruments.
It’s also a great opportunity for you to get to know the team. Even though we try and give you as much information as we can every day we know it can be a rush when you drop off or pick up your child, so we find these sessions give you a chance to spend more time with your child's key worker and the other staff members working closely with them.
So do ask any questions you have, we’ll always give you as much information as we can about the types of activities your child enjoys most when they’re with us, and it also gives you the opportunity to put faces to names as you may have heard your little one talking about their friends but not had the chance to meet them yet.
We know it’s not always possible due to other commitments, but we want as many families as possible to be able to attend stay and play sessions, so if you have any suggestions about how we can make them more inclusive and which days and times work best for you, then please let your key worker know so we can try and accommodate as many people as possible.