Nursery and 30 Hours Provision
Brooklands Nursery aims to provide a warm, welcoming environment where both children and parents feel valued and secure, where children arrive happy, enthusiastic and keen to learn and staff engage with parents and carers to ensure a smooth drop-off and settling-in each day.
The video below outlines the benefits of a school-based Nursery provision for your child:
Nursery spaces available:
8:45am - 11:45am
12:30pm - 3:30pm
All day (full-time)
8:45am - 3:30pm
£35 per day OR £12 per day with 30 hour code
What your child will be learning
When your child starts nursery, they will be entering a phase of education called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This period of life is really important – both in its own right but also in preparing children for later learning. From the age of three to five, children grow, develop and learn rapidly. Most children go through the same stages but each child is different. They choose their friends and develop their own way of learning.
Children at this age are constantly encountering new experiences which they try to understand – as they do, they explore the world around them, ask questions, extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. Well planned play is central to children’s learning in the Foundation Stage. That way learning is both challenging and fun. The indoor and outdoor ‘classroom’ are organised to give children plenty of space to move around. To work on the floor and on the table tops, individually and in smaller and larger groups. Resources are well-organised and labelled so that children know where to find what they need and can be independent. This means that nursery staff can spend more time joining in with children’s learning, extending their language and thinking and helping them to make progress.
This, the Early Years Foundation Stage, is the first part of the National Curriculum focussing on the distinct needs of children aged three to the end of the reception year in the primary school. Foundation Stage has seven learning areas:
The Prime Areas (these are the first areas that develop and are important to secure before focusing on the other areas):
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
The Specific Areas (these grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning):
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
These are not necessarily distinct areas – one experience may help develop a number of skills and concepts. Staff will also ensure that every child engages in a wide enough range of activities so that all areas of learning are covered in the course of time.
Nursery children will be attending our Forest School in the school grounds. At Forest School, children learn through exploration and investigation of the natural environment and are encouraged to follow their own interests at their own pace. Please ensure that children come to school in long trousers and are appropriately dressed for the weather ie jumper, coat, hat, scarf, gloves in winter and covered shoulders, trousers, sun hat and sun cream in hot weather. Please also ensure children definitely have their wellies on Forest School days.
Tapestry in EYFS
All children attending the EYFS at Brooklands have a personal on-line Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.
You will have secure access (via a website or mobile app, which you login to using your email address and a password) to your own child’s Learning Journey. You can log in any time to find out what your child has been doing at school and we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely and you can reflect upon their achievements with your child. You can add comments so that we as a staff find out about which activities your child really enjoyed and the learning they get up to at home.
Food and snacks
Children are given healthy snacks in the morning and afternoon sessions, and those who stay for the full day also receive a hot lunch. (The menu is available on the website). We can cater for any dietary needs so please make us aware of these as soon as possible so we can draw up suitable plans. Throughout the day, milk and water are available for all of the children.
Each child is allocated a key person in the nursery. Children are allocated to either the teacher or nursery nurse dependent on certain criteria e.g. if either adult has a particular history with a family or is perhaps carrying out intervention work with a child, then she will be the child’s key person. The list of allocations and information about the role of the key person is available in the nursery.
Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions or concerns. There is a specific email address you can use for us directly: EYFS@brooklands-maritime.org