We would like to welcome you and your child to our Nursery and hope that you will be very happy here.
Nursery Session Times
Morning Session - 8.30-11.15
Afternoon Session - 12.15-3.15
All day session - 8.30-3.15
Nursery Contact Details
Nursery Manager: Miss Kerry Hughes
Nursery Admin: Mrs Susan Frudd
Tel: 0114 2326879
Staffing at Southey Nursery
Here is a quick update on our staff list. We would appreciate you to take time to have a look. We are pleased to welcome Mrs Smith to our team as nursery teacher who will be taking responsibility for our nursery children who are beginning in January supported by Miss Dudley. Miss Hughes , Mrs Spinks, Mrs Beresford and Mrs Elliott will be responsible for the current nursery children in helping to prepare them for Reception.
We appreciate you taking the time to learn our names and using them with your child. This helps them within our setting instead of calling us: ‘teacher’. Any questions please feel free to chat to any of us.
Starting in Nursery
Starting Nursery may be the first time you have left your child in another person’s care. We understand that this can be a worrying time for parents and as a staff team we try to make the transition from home to nursery as smooth as possible. We welcome parents to stay in nursery and work with parents on an individual basis to help each child to settle in. We visit the children at home prior to starting nursery and give each child a starting date. Children start on different days each term so they can be welcomed gradually. As they are very young, we also try to build
up children’s hours gradually, depending on individual need.
You and your child will be invited to their first session for just one hour. This enables children to explore the new environment for the first time with their parent/carer and meet other new children. We also offer stay and play sessions in the term before starting for children to come and play with you. If you have been at our 2 years old provision the staff will liaise with us to arrange for some sessions to be at our setting.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum
The curriculum is organised onto areas of learning these are:
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The children work towards ‘Early Learning Goals’ which prepare them for future learning.
More information can be found on the DfE website or www.foundationyears.org.uk, or please talk to staff who will be happy to help.
Aims of Foundation Stage
We aim to provide a stimulating learning environment for your child through structured play activities and focused groups, according to the age and needs of the children.
In line with the early learning goals, we also aim to realise the potential of every child regardless of gender, race and culture, in all aspects of learning and development. In partnership with parents and carers we are all working towards helping each child to achieve the following:-
Children’s progress is monitored by staff through observations which are filed in their individual Learning Journey. Parents are encouraged to contribute to these with photos or comments about their activities at home.
Security / Collecting your child
Nursery needs to feel safe and secure for young children. To ensure your child’s safety please make sure that he/she is escorted to and collected from school by an adult and that a member of staff is informed if on any occasion another adult will be collecting your child from nursery. Please be patient with us when we release your child as it may take a while, but we are also ensuring your child is given to the correct parent. Also please make sure you collect your child on time as children get worried if parents / carers are late. If someone comes to pick up your child and you haven’t informed us that it is someone else we will call you before letting them go.
Snack Time/ Lunches
Milk is provided free for children up until their 5th birthday. Each day we provide a free healthy snack with milk. Please let us know if your child has any special dietary needs.
If your child attends full days they will need a packed lunch. To help with our schools healthy eating policy, we would request that you do not bring sweets or fizzy drinks to school.
We ask that children do not bring their toys to school as they may get left behind, lost or damaged. Children are however welcome to bring items of special interest, such as shells from a visit to the seaside to share with the group. Sometimes, children accidentally take items from school home in their pockets. It is quite natural for young children to put small things in pockets, so please do not worry about this. All we ask is that you return items to us as we often lose important items such as small cars this way!
In Nursery uniform is optional. Sand, water, clay and paint etc., provide valuable learning experiences which children enjoy. We provide aprons to protect clothing but it is a good idea to send your child to school in play clothes rather than ‘best’ as this will allow them to participate more readily in these activities. Outdoor play is part of the curriculum and the children use the outdoor space in all weathers, so please always send a named coat, sun hat or warm hats and gloves to suit the season. It would be very helpful if a spare set of clothes could be kept on your child’s peg in a named bag in-case of emergencies and little accidents. Please remember to label all items of clothing with your child’s full name.
We expect that most children will be toilet trained and you can help with this by taking your child to the toilet on arrival to help them get used to the facilities. Please talk to staff if your child has any particular toileting needs.
If your child is going to be absent from nursery for any reason please let us know before the session starts by phoning the school office on 0114 2326879. The school policy is to monitor attendance to encourage good habits at the earliest stages of their school life.If your child has sickness or diahorrea, please allow 48 hours clear before returning to school to prevent the spread of infection.
Special Needs/ Inclusion
We work with parents to try to meet the needs of all the children. Children with additional needs may continue to make progress towards some or all of the Early Learning outcomes throughout foundation. Children with special needs may receive extra help from outside agencies such as speech therapists, support teacher etc. In these circumstances the child will have an individual plan with targets in order to help them progress.
It is the duty of all people who work with children to safeguard their welfare. In the event of this involving child protection issues, we have a duty to liaise with relevant agencies eg social services. Whilst we would always try to work in partnership with parents to ensure that they are fully involved, the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.
Applying for school
When your child is nearly 5, he/she will be eligible to start school. This will be in September for children becoming 5 between 1st September and 31st August of the following year. (Parents have a choice as to which term their child starts but you will be informed about this when you are offered a place at the school.) Admission to Nursery does not guarantee a place in school as you need to apply separately for a school place. Please register with the Local Education Authority by completing a form obtainable from the class or the school office.
Finally, the staff are here to help your child settle in and have a happy time in order to achieve his or her potential. If you have any questions or worries however small, please talk to any of the staff who will do their best to help.
Look at our fantastic new home/school learning bags. They are full of fun games for you to do with your child. Please play with them for up to 1 week and then bring them back so another family can play.
If any resources are damaged or lost please tell a member of staff so we can update them.
Click here for more information.