Useful Information for Nursery Parents
Morning sessions run from 8.30am to 11.40am.
Afternoon sessions run from 12.30pm to 3.20pm
Admission to Nursery is staggered throughout September to ensure that your child settles into our ‘Foundation Stage’ as easily as possible. This allows parents, children and staff to get to know each other. Some children take longer than others to settle in, so please do not worry if your child takes a while to settle, we will get there by working together.
We provide milk and a variety of fruit free each day. If your child doesn't like milk, then they can drink water. Please provide your child with their own bottle of water that is labelled with their name.
What will my child need? You will need clothes that your child can fasten and unfasten themselves. School colours are compulsory. These are:
- a navy jumper or cardigan,
- a white polo shirt,
- a grey skirt/pair of trousers.
The school jumper is currently available to buy from the front office.. Please label all items of clothing, including coats and jumpers, as we might get a bit mixed up from time to time!
In Nursery, we do painting and gluing activities almost every day. We provide aprons, but please appreciate your child might go home a little messy. We try to ensure our paint and glue is washable. However, if your child does get paint on their clothes, we recommend that you soak them in cold water first.
We try to go outside to play in most weather conditions and we have a large quantity of outdoor suits which can be worn over children’s coats for very cold or wet weather. However, please ensure your child has the following items at Nursery on a daily basis: *wellies or waterproof shoes for outdoor play (sandals do not provide enough foot protection)
*a warm, waterproof coat
*hat, scarf and gloves for cold weather (stored in your child’s shoe bag)
*extra socks in your child’s shoe bag for wet days
What do I do if my child is poorly? Please contact school on 0161 503 4260 to report your child’s absence, giving your child’s name, class teacher and reason for absence. If your child has a sickness bug, we do not expect them to return to school for 24 hours. It is your responsibility to ensure that your child is in school every day where possible.
If your child suffers from an ongoing condition such as asthma or eczema, then we will complete a care plan with you to allow us to administer medication as and when required. Please remember it is vital that you keep us informed of any changes to your child’s health.
How will my child be expected to behave? We encourage children in Nursery to listen carefully and do as they are asked, to share and take turns, to take care of school property and the property of others, to help tidy away, to be kind to other people and to always say please and thank you. We believe in Nursery that it is very important to work together and encourage good behaviour in a positive way, and we always celebrate good behaviour, with rewards and praise, but realistically, we may require your support if your child ‘gets carried away’.
Take a look at our STAR pathway.
What should the grown-ups remember?
- You can always ask for help and advice from us before and after school, however, sometimes you may need to make an appointment first.
- School starts and finishes on time. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please phone school to inform us.
- If you make arrangements for your child to be collected by someone other than yourself, even as a one off, the school must be informed in advance for safety reasons.
- If you change address, telephone numbers or work details then please inform school straight away in case of emergency.
- Throughout the year, you will be invited to school. Please do your best to support your children and attend.
- We believe that the parents, children and staff are partners and we must all do our best to support each other.
- The more parents help to make their children independent before they come to school, the more time they will have to take part in all of the learning activities.
What can I do to help?
You can help by encouraging your child:
- to dress and undress themselves.
- to go to the toilet and wipe their own bottom.
- to wash and dry their hands after using the toilet.
- to fasten their shoes. Until children can tie laces, Velcro fastening shoes are the best.
- to tidy away their toys.
- to always say please and thank you.
- to recognise and say their own name.
- to sing and say some nursery rhymes.