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  • Here in the nursery we pride ourselves on providing a warm nurturing environment in which the children have many varied opportunities to develop their confidence, social skills, independence and a love of learning.  Activities are planned in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage with a particular focus on children’s listening, attention and language skills; personal social and emotional development as well as their physical skills. These skills in combination provide the foundation for all future learning.

    Play - Young children learn best through play.  In the nursery the children lead their own play based on their interests as well as through group activities guided by an adult.  Our bright, airy purpose built nursery has been designed so that children can independently access and explore a wide range of high quality resources on a daily basis.  We have a lovely garden, which we think of as our outdoor classroom, providing children with opportunities to play and learn in a natural environment. 

    Key people - We are an experienced team committed to providing an environment which values all children and their families. We appreciate that children are individuals and develop at different rates and in different ways.  Our key person system helps to celebrate children as individuals. When joining the nursery the children are placed in key groups of up to thirteen children with a named key person. The key person system provides children with a dedicated adult who offers comfort and security when children are settling in as well as throughout their time in nursery. Children quickly develop a close relationship with their key person who will then plan and support children’s individual learning so that they are constantly challenged to achieve more than their current level of development.

    Working in partnership with parents is vitally important to us. Staff are on hand at the beginning and end of every day to talk to parents informally.  Additional communication is provided through nursery newsletters, parents meetings and workshops for parents. Each key person liaises directly with parents to share information and support children’s learning both at school and at home.

    Our reward system called You Can Do It! supports the curriculum. Children are rewarded for demonstrating characteristics such as confidence, persistence, kindness and thinking skills. The children’s successes are celebrated every day in the nursery and act as an excellent way of emphasising key learning behaviours.  This enables all children whatever their stage of development to experience achievement but more importantly enjoy success. This then motivates the children to try their best and continue to succeed and develop as happy, confident, capable and sociable learners ready for the challenges of school life.



    If you have a query regarding admissions, please contact the school office on:
    school@wimbledonpark.merton.sch.uk.


    To contact the Nursery teachers:

     

    Caroline MacKenzie (Nursery class)    cmackenzie@wimbledonpark.merton.sch.uk 

    Rachel Morgan (Deputy Headteacher and Early Years Leader) | rmorgan@wimbledonpark.merton.sch.uk

     

     

     

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    In Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is set out in stages from birth to five years old (0-60 months).  The EYFS curriculum promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and provides children with the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

    There are seven areas of learning; three prime areas and four specific areas.

     

    There is a great emphasis on the prime areas in Nursery as children begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences.  We spend a great deal of time making sure children are confident in the prime areas as we know it makes children more successful learners (and humans!) later on. 

     

    PRIME AREAS:

    Personal, social and emotional development

    Making relationships/Self-confidence and self-awareness/Managing feelings and behaviour

    Communication and Language

    Moving and handling/Health and self-care

    Physical development

    Listening and attention/Understanding Speaking

     

    The specific areas develop their learning for the wider world.  Once children are secure in communicating for example, they become great story tellers and readers.

     

    SPECIFIC AREAS:

    Literacy

    Reading Writing

    Mathematics

    Numbers/Shape, space and measure

    Understanding the world

    People and communities/The world/Technology

    Expressive arts and design

    Exploring and using media and materials/ Being imaginative

     

     

    Characteristics of Effective Learning

    The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the prime and specific areas of learning and development are all interconnected. The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

    Playing and exploring, and creating

    Finding out and exploring Playing with what they know/Being willing to ‘have a go’

    Active learning,

    Being involved and concentrating/Keeping trying/Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

    Thinking critically

    Having their own ideas/Making links/Choosing ways to do things

     

    The curriculum overviews below outline our topics and, within each topic, the areas of learning in Nursery and some of our proposed activities. However, in the Early Years we follow the children’s interests and therefore our learning focus will remain the same but some of our activities may change and be adapted as each term progresses.

    Half termly overviews of our nursery curriculum can be downloaded below:

     

     

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      Helping your child at home

       

      Sharing books together

      Read aloud and share books with your child as often as you can. Books are a rich source of new vocabulary for children and sharing stories with your child will help to stimulate their imagination and expand their understanding of the world. Listening to stories also helps to develop your child’s listening skills and helps them to develop important early literacy skills. We have story time every day at Nursery and the children choose a book from Nursery to bring home and share with their family each week.

      Speaking and listening

      Speaking and listening have a big emphasis in the Nursery and lay important foundations for reading and writing. Everyday activities such as preparing dinner, getting ready to go out, going to the supermarket, and hanging out the washing provide opportunities for you to talk to your child about what you are doing. Children listen to what you are saying and begin to make sense of the way language is put together in different ways to form sentences. Encourage your child’s natural curiosity as they ask who, why, what, where and how questions. Encourage them to reason with you and use language and communication to check their understanding.

      Sharing and turn taking

      One of the biggest differences between nursery and home environments is the number of children! Your child will be part of a much larger group of children than they have perhaps experienced being in before and they will have lots of fun playing and learning with all their new friends. However, being part of a larger group also means that sharing, turn-taking and following instructions becomes even more important. You can support your child with this at home by praising and encouraging your child when they do these things, for example if they take turns while playing with toys with friends or offer to share their fruit snack with a sibling.

      Tidying up after ourselves

      At Nursery, we encourage the children to take care of their toys and to tidy them away when they have finished playing with them. You can help with this at home by encouraging your child to do the same with their own toys. To make tidying up more fun you could turn it into a game. For example, “who can find all the red lego blocks and put them in the box?” or “who can be the quickest to find five toys and put them back where they belong?”

      Toilet training

      The expectation is that your child will be toilet trained when they start Nursery and will be able to use the toilets independently. If your child is not yet toilet trained, we will work with you to support your child in becoming more independent. You can help at home by praising and rewarding your child when they use the toilet independently, reminding them to use the toilet regularly and to wash their hands after they have been to the toilet.

       

      Sing songs

      Click below to access the lyrics to some of the songs that we learn at Nursery:

      • EventStart timeEnd time
        Curriculum Week Monday 1 Jun 2020 Friday 5 Jun 2020