Welcome to Dormice Class Page
In Dormice class we base our planning and activities each week on what the children are interested in and have been doing in nursery at that time. This means that our themes are likely to regularly change in line with the children's ever changing ideas and interests! Please check your child's Tapestry and keep an eye out for additions to the displays and things around the classroom that the children have been doing during their time with us.
Our aim is to ensure that the children are offered the best possible opportunities and are exposed to a fun, exciting and varied environment full of playful learning and knowledgeable adults to support their growing minds.
In our setting
Nursery Lead-Mrs Scarvaci
Teaching and Learning Assistant- Mrs Bowden.
The session runs from 08:40-11:45: Monday- Friday term time only. The children can start at our nursery with two year old funding or paid sessions at 2 years 9 months old or the term following their 3rd birthday, when they are entitled to 15 hours of Early Education Funding.
The children in our setting are encouraged to make their own choices and develop key skills within our enabling environment that allows them to learn and progress. We aim to make all the children feel valued as part of our nursery and foundation stage and ensure that the learning environment reflects the creativity, interests, thoughts and needs of all of our children.
Within our setting we promote free flow play between nursery, reception class and our outside area. The children have free choice of varied activities throughout the morning that reflect the interests of the children and the majority of our planning is implemented 'in the moment' to capture the children when they are most interested in a topic. Within our carefully planned environment we make an effort to carry out a selection of cooking and craft activities throughout the term with the children. This all being based on the needs of our children, enabling them to learn through both child initiated and adult focussed activities. These are all planned recognising their stages of development to encourage meaningful learning opportunities-This means that each week (and day) will be different!
Our Nursery lunch club runs from 11:45-13:00 every day. The cost of lunch includes a freshly prepared hot dinner with 2x options per day- the hot dinner choices follow the same menu for the whole school. The costing also includes the 1 hour and 15 minutes care of the children. During this time the children will have their lunch in the nursery classroom and then access the outdoor area with reception children and be supervised by the nursery staff.
All children are allowed to stay for lunch and we require parents to notify an adult on the morning by registering their names. Currently our lunch is open for 12 children per day and this is on a first come, first served basis. Payments for lunch must be paid on sQuid and there must be sufficient funds in the catering purse before a booking can be accepted.
If your child has just started Nursery we would like them to be settled in prior to starting staying for lunch. Please speak to the nursery staff to discuss this further if necessary.
During the week the children participate in small group activities. This time is used to promote peer to peer learning as well as an opportunity for the adults to develop and extend the children’s knowledge. These activities are planned to encourage a variety of skills and learning opportunities, linking to the relevant development matters statements outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage and also the Letters and Sounds programme.
Outdoor Learning Day
On a Thursday morning we take advantage of our fantastic woodland area for some outdoor learning for the morning. The children use the great outdoors to explore the world around them, take risks and work together. The woods encourages imagination, team building and physical activity. We use this area all year round so appropriate clothing is necessary!
Observations and Next Steps in Learning
In our Foundation Stage we complete observations using the Tapestry Online Learning Journal software on ipads, children will have incidental observations taken by a member of the team throughout the week which are uploaded onto their own individual profiles. Parents are given access to these through a password protected login that is specific for your child and you can download the Tapestry app on your phones. On this you will be able to view some of the exciting learning opportunities and activities your child has been engaging in whilst they are at Nursery.
We operate an open door policy in our Nursery and actively encourage you to share your thoughts and questions with us at any time during your child's time in our setting. Your child is our priority and we endeavour to put their needs and learning at the centre of our practice.
Please encourage everyday learning opportunities at home with your child, the ‘How I can help my child at home' and 'pre reading and writing skills’ sheets are shared in the files section on our webpage for simple ways to incorporate learning opportunities at home. Please also continue to promote fine motor and mark making activities at home. Children learn best during meaningful daily opportunities and challenges, not just at home but also within their local environment where they are able to make links, test their ideas and build upon their previous learning, this will enable them to grow and develop as a whole child.
We are always grateful for ideas, anything you have that links to our learning or anything that your child would like to complete in nursery. Please send any items in (labelled with your child’s name) so that they can share them with their peers or share them on Tapestry so that we can celebrate your child's home experiences too.
Please see our Foundation Stage information document for the list of uniform we ask the children to wear in Nursery.
The children have access to the nature area as well as outdoors during all weather conditions. Please bring in wellies for your child so that they are able to go outdoors during these times and use all learning environments.
***Please ensure that all of your child's school uniform is clearly labelled and that their outerwear is suitable for the weather as the children will have access to the outside area for a majority of the session. ***
They must also have a named water bottle for use throughout the morning.
If you have any questions, ideas or worries we are always keen to hear from you and will try to help in any way that we can.
Mrs Scarvaci and Mrs Bowden