Children are encouraged to borrow books from the school. Your child’s key worker will explain how the system works during the settling-in period. We have bi-lingual book bags with a story and tape in English and a variety of home languages which are also available to borrow. The key worker or support teacher for children with English as an Additional Language will show you these. Please try to return books and tapes undamaged but accidents do happen; let us know if something is lost or damaged so we can replace it. Please don’t be put off borrowing if this happens. We are always keen to make new tapes of stories in languages we don’t yet have. We will ask you if you would be free to come into school one day to record a story in your home languages for our collection.
We regularly take children out on visits in the local area and beyond. Favourite places are:
We go to other places in response to children’s particular interests. Children go out in very small groups with one adult for every two children so everyone’s hand is held. We only go out with your permission. This will be discussed more fully with you when your child starts. We often invite parents to come with us on the bigger trips.
From time to time we have musicians, story tellers and artists to work in the nursery. You are also welcome to spend time in the nursery, once your child has settled, working with the children; some parents come in to cook or read stories. Let us know what your interests and talents are.
Once a term we have a party for parents, children, staff and governors. These are after school, usually between 4.30 and 6.30 p.m. We all bring a little food to share. These are lovely occasions when we can all meet informally and get to know each other a little better.
Learning to behave appropriately in a group is a very important part of nursery education. Most children will sometimes find it hard to take turns and share; some children might take a while to learn how to solve disagreements through talk rather than hitting someone.
We help them to learn acceptable ways of expressing emotions and needs by:
We do not smack children. You may have different methods at home but we ask you to support what we do at school because we have to consider the care and development of all the children here.
We are responsible for and watchful of the children during school hours. Please come to us if you have any concerns rather than tackling the parents of other children, or the children themselves.