Welcome to Nursery!

The staff in nursery are Jenny Knowles, (EYFS Team Leader) and Teaching Assistants: Laura Mather, Joanne Stevenson, Katie Gardner, Donna Gardner, Emma Sherrington and Lindsey McAuley.


Our intention within the Early Years Foundation Stage at Ryelands Primary and Nursery School is to be a consistently high quality setting to provide a secure foundation for children’s learning. We intend to provide a child-centred approach with learning and development opportunities planned around the needs and interests of each individual child, through a mix of planning in the moment, topic led planning and delivering an individual next step, skill-based approach. We recognise that many children start our nursery or reception with starting points significantly lower than typical development for their age and our intention is for all children to make accelerated progress to close this gap. To aid this we ensure that our transition between the phases of EYFS is as effective as possible by ensuring it is a process and not an event.  We aim to develop a triangle of trust and a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers to all work together to accelerate the progress of the children’s learning. We believe that every child should be included and supported and there should be equality of opportunities. We follow a gender neutral approach and work with several agencies to support the needs of all of our children.

As a whole staff team we aim to:

*Provide positive relationships and respectful caregiving for every child. We aim for these positive relationships to develop children to become resilient, capable, confident, strong, independent, holistic, life-long learners.

*Provide a language rich, enabling environment inside and outside which cater for the needs and interests of our current cohorts.

* Maintain a safe, caring, happy environment where every child matters and each child feels safe, nurtured, loved and supported.

* Encourage respect for each other and for the environment.

* Nurture the spiritual, moral, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of each individual for life.

* Develop and promote lively and inquisitive minds with the desire and skill to explore new ideas.

* Foster a sense of awe and wonder and develop natural curiosity, so children enjoy learning in and out of school.

* Encourage our children to believe in themselves, while equipping them with the fundamental skills to enjoy and achieve in life.

* Interact with all of the children to develop language acquisition and oracy (and by using Wellcomm and NELI).

*Help children learn how to self-regulate their feelings, thoughts and behaviours, through supporting them through co-regulating their emotions and behaviours.

Children in our foundation stage classes learn the skills and knowledge from the educational programmes.

The children learn within the prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The children will also learn within the specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Session time information:

All 3 and 4 year olds in England (and at our school, children turning 3 in that term) are entitled to 15 hours of free early education or childcare a week.

Options for your 15 hours of nursery child care:

Option 1: 5 mornings a week 8.45-11.45 am

Option 2: 5 afternoons a week 12.30-3.30 pm

Option 3: Mix and match mornings and afternoons, for example 3 mornings, 2 afternoons

Option 4: Extending a morning or afternoon session with lunchtime childcare (11.45am – 12.30pm). If your child attends nursery in a morning they can stay for lunch and then go home at 12.30pm. The cost for this would be £2.00 and your child could bring a packed lunch from home or pay a further £2.35 to buy a school dinner. This option is also available for children to arrive at 11.45am and have dinner at nursery before the afternoon session.

Option 5: 2½ Full days. Use 1 or 2 full days and the rest of the 15 hours as half days e.g. All day Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon; or all day Wednesday and Thursday and then Friday morning. The full day sessions will be from 8.45am-3.30pm (6 hours, 45 minutes, so the maximum would be 2 full days and then a half day). Full day sessions include lunch provision.

Option 6: Extending any nursery sessions with breakfast childcare. If your child wanted to attend earlier than 8.45am, they would have to pay to attend the breakfast club any time between 7.45-8.45am. (Costs £4 7.30-8.45 £3 7.45-8.45 or £2 8.15-8.45) Or extending the full day care with after school club, available until 5.30 pm. (Costs £4 3.30-4.30 or £8 3.30-5.30)

Parents  who work over 16 hours can check  their eligibility for a 30 hour place. To check eligibility parents can visit:

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. If the parents are eligible for a 30 hour place for their child, they will be given an 11-digit code which they need to bring to nursery.

The 30 hour childcare at our setting is completely FREE. The children can attend for 4 full days and one half day and bring a packed lunch to nursery each day for NO CHARGE. Alternatively parents can pay for a school meal £2.35 per day and they can pay to top up to 5 full days for £10 for the extra session, plus £2 for lunchtime cover if needed.

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