Nursery

St Michael's Nursery

We would like to welcome you to our page. We will update it with termly information, photographs and key dates. If you  need any further information do not hesitate to contact us via the school office to make an appointment or by speaking to a member of staff.

All 3 to 4-year-olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, although we do not provide this service currently.

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December the beginning of term on or after 1 January

More information on free childcare allowances and benefits is available from www.gov.uk.

 

We are currently offering 30-hour places as part of the government’s childcare scheme for those eligible. We only have ten available places for the 30-hour entitlements which are currently all full. Please contact the office if you are interested in your child taking their 30-hour entitlement at St. Michael’s Nursery and we will let you know if any of the places become available.

This Term

We love the Spring term in the nursery – time for new life and growth.  We welcome our second in take of children to the nursery.

We are starting “Power of Pictures” which is similar to the rest of the school.  The children in the nursery will be studying books in detail.  This term the books are; “Bedtime for Monsters!”, “Shhh, we have a plan!” and “Hooray for Fish!”. As well as continuing to access other books throughout the week during independent book time and story time. 

Our older children will begin to learn their first phonemes this term. In the nursery we follow the same scheme as Reception and KS1 which is ‘Read Write Inc’.  The children will begin to recognise some phonemes, will rehearse writing them, oral blend with the sounds, read simple CVC words with the sounds and may even start spelling with the sounds!

Alongside learning our first phonemes we will also be consolidating our numbers to 5; ensuring we really know what the numerals look like, begin to write them, count accurately with 1:1 correspondence and understand how the numbers are made. (For example 2 and 1 makes 3.) Those who are ready will also be exploring beyond 5.

As well as all this we continue to support the children in their language acquisition, especially for our friends who are new to English. Making sure we play with everyday objects and situations so that we can learn the names of objects and processes we come in contact with every day.

 

If your child is learning English as their second language we ask that you continue to use your own language at home. It is important that the children broaden their language knowledge in their own language at the same time as learning English. It helps knowing the word in their own language before learning it in English so they have something to attach the English word to.

You can download a PDF version of the Nursery Welcome Pack here. It contains further information on the routines of the nursery, what your child needs every day and our expectations for our Parent Partnerships.

NURSERY WELCOME PACK

At St. Michael’s Nursery the children’s happiness is our prime concern. We know that happy children will develop holistically and will be most prepared to start school when they leave the nursery.

We pride ourselves on being an approachable and supportive nursery team. We will also adapt activities and routines to suit your child’s needs when needed. We aspire to build strong and trusting relationships with all the children in our care. Part of building strong relationships with the children requires us to have good partnerships with the parents also.

Good two-way communication is key to having good partnerships. The nursery teacher is available every day on the gate both before and after your child’s session.  Please use this time to ask questions, share concerns or give suggestions. If the matter is personal or confidential we are also happy to make time to see you in private room to discuss any issues or concerns you have.

A part of our commitment to building strong and affective partnerships is providing interactive workshops that will help you support your child’s development at home.

A programme of workshops are planned throughout the year and you will be invited to attend them.  Please dedicate some time to attending the sessions even if you have older children; theories and science change and evolve with time so we may be able to offer new ideas or strategies to try with your child to support their development.

Autumn 1; What to expect!

Autumn 2; The Importance of Talk.

SPRING 1; Schemas – Wednesday 21st February; 8.30am AND 2.45pm

Workshop for our new parents only Wednesday 7th February; 11am AND 3pm

SPRING 2; Supporting early reading – Wednesday 21st March; 8.30am AND 2.45pm

SUMMER 1; Maths fun!

SUMMER 2; Every day is a learning day.

New parents will be invited to additional workshops at the beginning of the Spring and Summer terms to highlight the important parts of previous workshops.

Schemas and their importance; here you can download the workshop’s presentation and access the handout with practical ideas for helping your child. http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/schemas-and-their-importance/

The Importance of Talk; download the workshop presentation for ideas and follow links to useful websites.  http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/importance-of-talk/

Go to our Nursery Maths page to support your child’s number recognition at home.

http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/nursery-maths/

Our Nursery Staff

Miss Brown

Nursery Teacher

Mrs Stickings

Nursery Nurse

Mrs Simon

Nursery Learning Assistant

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