Parkside Nursery - a new chapter in your child’s life

Nursery Activities

Our co-educational Nursery welcomes children after a child’s second birthday 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, forest school, French and a range of IT equipment.

They also use St Mary’s Church for a Christmas Toy Service and a Christmas Production with Reception boys. Nursery Owl children and Reception boys join together for a Spring Concert in the Performance Hall.

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 and Production, concerts, coffee mornings, sports day, parent’s social evenings and assemblies in Pre Prep.

We employ specialist teachers in sport, swimming, forest school, French 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. 

The Curriculum

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. Your child’s Key Person is always available as a point of contact to discuss your child’s progress.

Social skills are nurtured and developed in each session notably by opportunities to learn through play, during snack time, eating lunch in the main dining hall alongside Pre Prep boys.

We encourage children to be kind, share, take turns and develop positive relationships with both adults and peers. Independence is encouraged by promoting self-help skills in preparation for their school life.

2-3 year olds

Children in this age group attend for a minimum of 2 morning sessions a week. The focus is primarily on the 3 Prime Areas of learning (above) and, after the 2-year check, all 7 Areas of Learning (above) are incorporated in to the daily planning. There are weekly sessions in the gym and sport is taught by a specialist teacher. Children enjoy music and movement, developing their imagination through role play and drama, visiting the library and using the outdoor learning area and exploring 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 3 mornings and 1 day

Summer Term    - minimum 3 mornings and 2 days

Children in the Owls have weekly swimming, sport, gym, French, forest school and music lessons incorporated into the timetable. They regularly learn songs linked to topics, developing their imagination through role play and drama, visiting the library and using the outdoor learning area as well as exploring the school grounds.

The children have opportunities throughout the week where they can explore learning phonics and numbers through play and adult lead activities.

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.

For further information about the Nursery please contact our Head of EYFS & Pre Prep Mrs Madeline McMurdo via email mcmurdom@parkside-school.co.uk or telephone 01932 869979