Welcome to Nursery!

The staff in nursery are Jenny Knowles, (EYFS Team Leader) and Teaching Assistants: Laura Mather, Tanya Arnold, Katie Gardner, Dee Wright, Lindsey McAuley and Emma Sherrington.

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 learning and development opportunities planned around the needs and interests of each individual child, through planning in the moment and delivering an individual next steps 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. We aim to develop 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 with every child. We aim for these positive relationships to develop children who are resilient, capable, confident, strong, independent learners.

*Provide an 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 Talk Boost toolkits).


Children in our foundation stage classes learn the skills and knowledge found in the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets standards for the learning and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

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 £2.30 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 £3 7.45-8.15 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)

From September 2017 parents are also able to 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 £2.30 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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