Our opening times and sessions

The nursery is open during school term time from 9 am – 3 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am – 12 noon Friday.

The nursery is registered to take children aged 2 years to 5 years, However, we only admit children when they are at least 2 years 9 months old.

Sessions run as follows:

§ Morning session 9 am – 12 pm

§ Afternoon session 12 pm – 3 pm (lunch will be eaten between 12 and 1 pm)

§ All day 9 am – 3 pm. (there is no afternoon session on Fridays)

§ Children can add an hour to the morning session to stay for lunch club. This is charged at the current hourly rate.

Rickmansworth Nursery School is run as a private, non-profit making charitable trust (the Rickmansworth Nursery School Association). As a parent, with a child/ren currently attending the school, you automatically become a member of the association. The association has a voluntary Management Committee comprised of past and present parents who meet every term to consider any issues relating to the running of the setting. We have a treasurer to carry out collection of fees and to apply for funding.

We always welcome parents who are interested in joining the committee. The nursery staff can introduce you to committee members. You will have an opportunity to join the committee and get a full feedback of its activities at our A.G.M that is held in the autumn term.

During the year the committee organises a number of fund raising events which may include raffles, competitions, sponsored activities and quiz nights. Additional parent helpers are always required to help organise and run these events.

Structure of the day

Children who attend the morning session are welcomed and registered into the nursery at 9 am.

They then choose freely from a wide range of activities both indoors and out. They experience these at their own pace and level and are encouraged to make independent choices. Within the session we have small group activities, stories, rhymes and singing and music and movement.

During the morning session a drink of milk is provided with a healthy snack: fruit, cheese, bread sticks. We ask parents to contribute to our “fruit bowl” with one or two pieces of fruit each week to share. (children can access fresh water throughout the session.) This is a social time for the children when they sit with a small group and share their news. Children regularly help to prepare the snack and learn to use cooking utensils and about healthy eating.

The last part of the morning session takes place on the playground using a range of outdoor play equipment including, bikes, tricycles, bats and balls and role play resources. Parents are asked to provide their child with a named bicycle helmet  to wear during these outside play sessions.

We are committed to providing outside play daily whatever the weather and we ask parents to provide suitable clothing so that we can maintain this aim.   The morning session ends at 12 noon.

Children who attend the afternoon session are welcomed and registered into the nursery at 12 noon to join the lunchtime activities.

During this hour the children sit together with staff to eat the packed lunch that they have brought. They have opportunities to talk about what they have done during the morning and also learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices. After lunch a range of activities will be on offer as well as an opportunity for a rest time.

The remainder of the afternoon includes a further choice of activities, story telling, music and garden play.

We implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for 0 – 5 year olds. You can find out more about the EYFS by going to http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/

The staff team is fully involved with facilitating activities and supporting children’s play and learning. The planning for the week is on display just inside the classroom and there is a sample of the current weeks activities displayed on the parent notice board in front entrance. Individual teaching and assessment will also take place throughout the day. Selections of children’s work and individual photographs are collected and put into a ‘Nursery Book’ that the children take home, when they leave, as a record of their time at the nursery. Parents are invited and encouraged to contribute to the nursery books through our ‘parent partnership’.  The books are on display to be viewed at any time. They may be borrowed to share at home.

Additional activities

Autumn term

AGM and Parents Evening, Individual photos, End of term concert, Christmas party

Spring term

World Book Day, Easter egg hunt

Summer term

Sports day and family picnic, Group photo, Leaver’s ceremony and presentation of Nursery Books

Organisation

The children are each assigned to a group and a “key person”. The group will meet together at snack time and for small group activities. The key person will be mainly responsible for monitoring each child’s settling in and progress during that term and for developing the child’s nursery record in the from of a book containing a collection of photos, art work and other projects.  Parents are invited to contribute to this record too. Further information will be given after admission.

After the children have been attending the nursery for a few weeks parents are  offered a  meeting with the child’s key person to discuss any issues arising from their settling in period. Parent consultations are offered every term.

A Parents’ Evening is held during the autumn term, which is another opportunity to meet with staff and other parents and to find out more about how we deliver the curriculum.

Staff will always make themselves available, at other times, to discuss any aspect of a child’s nursery experience. We always inform parents if we have any concerns about a child’s progress or any other aspect of their education and development.

Extras

The parent notice boards in the entrance hall, cloakroom and opposite the cloakroom door display information about nursery routine, areas of interest and theme tables as well as notices about when you need to apply for school places, nursery funding and community news. Please take a few minutes once a week to check for new items. There is a whiteboard next to the front door for parent use where messages may be left for staff and other parents. Parents may also use this to let staff know if someone other than themselves is collecting their child.

We provide newsletters and notification of upcoming events. We try to use email to save on paper too.

If a child is ill and unable to attend we ask parents to phone the nursery to let us know. It is useful for us to know about contagious illnesses that may be present in the setting so that we can alert other parents. It is not necessary to ring on subsequent days. Children need to be well for a full 48 hours after sickness or diarrhoea before they can return to nursery.

All children have a named tray in the classroom where work and letters are left.

We always celebrate the children’s birthdays by singing to them and blowing out candles. Children may bring something  to hand out during snack time or at home time, this is an opportunity for the children to feel special and to enjoy sharing things with friends.

We recommend that children wear clothing that is suitable for messy play and that promotes children’s independence in self-care. We provide aprons for water play and art and craft activities.

 

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