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About Our Nursery
As educators, we understand that you know your child better than anyone and that you are their most important role model. We value your knowledge about your child’s development and interests and we would love for you to share any information that you feel would either help us to inspire them to learn in our setting or add to their profile of achievements. We feel privileged to be able to share in your child’s learning journey and we look forward to welcoming you to Parkgate Primary School.
There are three times in the year when we admit children to Nursery, in September, January and April. This is so children can start the term following their 3rd birthday. We offer a 15 hour fully funded provision through morning sessions or afternoon sessions.
Our morning children’s session is 8.40am-11.40am and our afternoon children’s session is 12.20pm-3.20pm.
We have a play-based philosophy and our children benefit from learning through having lots of fun experiences. It is our aim to send happy learners on their journey to reception class.
Nursery children follow the EYFS Curriculum. This is a framework for children from birth to the end of their school Reception year. The curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children’s:
- personal, social and emotional development
- physical development
- communication and language development
- literacy development
- mathematical development
- understanding of the world
- expressive arts and design
Four overarching principles shape the practice in our early years setting. These are that:
• every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
• children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
• children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. In all activities the emphasis is on learning through practical activities and play. Children are given opportunities in the setting to reflect on the different ways that they learn.
These are known as Characteristics of Effective Learning:
* playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
* active learning - children concentrate, keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements.
* creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for carrying out tasks.
You can find out more about the new EYFS curriculum through opening the Development Matters at
and the Statutory Framework at;
What can I do with my child at home before, and whilst, they attend Nursery?
• Give your child as many varied experiences as possible: Drawing, Painting, Cooking, Singing, Modelling, Playing Games, Jigsaws
• Challenge them to try some things independently
• Talk to them all the time. Name familiar things and discuss what they see around them and what things are for. Talk about what you see when you are out and about
• Share stories, rhymes and songs daily
• Encourage them to do physical activities that develop their gross motor skills
• Ensure they go to bed early