Parkside Nursery - a new chapter in your child’s life
Our co-educational Nursery welcomes children the term after they turn 2 to join the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Department. The Nursery is a safe, secure unit with its own fenced off playground, large spacious classrooms, music room with interactive whiteboard, library and with provision for lunch for younger children on site. All children benefit from using the School’s facilities: the gym, swimming pool, Pre Prep playground, Outdoor Learning Area, music room, sports fields and IT suites. They also use St Mary’s Church for a Christmas Toy Service.
Our experienced Early Years team work together to provide a rich learning environment where children are stimulated and challenged by a variety of experiences both in and outside the classroom. The attractive and well equipped rooms enable us to provide a home-from-home environment where children feel safe, secure and loved. Our partnership with parents facilitates communication that is friendly, open and honest and supports children in reaching their potential. Daily feedback is given to parents at pick up, and with regular communication and feedback, parents are well informed about their child’s development and what they are experiencing at Nursery.
Throughout the year, parents are invited to many events: Christmas Toy Service, concerts, coffee mornings, sports day and assemblies in Pre Prep.
We employ specialist teachers in sport, swimming and music together with specialist speech and language teachers who work with the children to support the development of language.
Many children begin their early education with us on a part-time basis and extend their attendance each term in preparation for entry to Reception. Boys move into the Pre Prep department and girls to a new school.
The Early Years Curriculum focuses on the 7 Areas of Learning:
Prime Areas – Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.
Specific Areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.
Through well planned learning opportunities children’s individual progress is closely monitored across the Early Learning Goals using ILD (Interactive Learning Diary).
Imaginative play is at the heart of the Nursery; children have the opportunity to develop inquisitive minds and ask questions. Staff plan adult led activities both inside and outside the classroom and there is plenty of opportunity for child initiated learning. Each class has an ongoing theme which changes regularly so children are always excited to learn.
All children are allocated a Key Person who gives the security that helps them to grow in self-confidence.
Social skills are nurtured and developed in each session notably by opportunities to learn through play, during snack time, eating lunch and in the playground.
We encourage children to be kind, share, take turns and develop positive relationships with both adults and peers.
2-3 year olds
Children in these age groups attend for a minimum of 2 sessions a week. The focus is primarily on the 3 Prime Areas of learning and after the 2-year check all 7 Areas of Learning are incorporated in to the daily planning. There are weekly sessions in the gym and games is taught by a specialist sports teacher. Children regularly learn songs, develop imaginations through role play and drama, visit the library and use the Outdoor Learning Area and the beautiful grounds of the School.
3-4 year olds
Children in this age group increase the minimum number of sessions each term in preparation for Reception.
Autumn Term - minimum 3 mornings
Spring Term - minimum 4 mornings and 1 afternoon
Summer Term - minimum 5 mornings and 2 afternoons
Children in the Owls have weekly swimming, sport, gym and music lesson incorporated into the morning timetable. They regularly learn songs, develop imaginations through role play and drama, visit the library and use the Outdoor Learning Area.
Each term, Owls children have a weekly session with our speech and language specialists who focus on listening and early literacy skills.
The transition into Reception is seamless as children have many opportunities to interact with the School be it with having lunch with the Pre Prep children or joining Reception for concerts and special events. Boys have taster mornings in Reception termly so they are familiar with their next teacher and new environment.
Girls moving onto Reception in a different school are prepared for their transition; visits to their new schools are made by our Nursery staff.