Staveley Nursery

Our nursery class which opened in April 2010, is now open full time, offering facilities and experiences of the highest standards to ensure your child has the skills to flourish and develop. Pastoral care is paramount and all the staff work with your child to settle them into the nursery class and to help them feel part of our school family.

The nursery children are taught in a mixed Nursery and Reception class by our early years' teachers Mrs Hartshorn and Mrs Roberts. They are supported by Mrs French , a qualified nursery assistant.

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) is offered to all children and it lays a secure foundation for all future learning. Stimulating and exciting learning opportunities are planned for the children, based on their individual needs and interests. The classroom has direct access to an enclosed, large outdoor area allowing a free flow approach to learning.

The education programme of the new EYFS comprises seven different areas of learning and development.
Prime areas of learning and development
1. Personal, social and emotional development - This area of learning and development looks at children's confidence and behaviour but also how well they can get on with adults and other children.
2. Communication and language - This area of learning and development looks at children's speech and language. It also provides an introduction to the skills needed in order to read and write later on.
3. Physical development - This area of learning deals with children's physical skills including learning to dress, eat and go to the toilet. Your child will also learn about ways of keeping healthy.
Specific areas of learning and development
4. Literacy - This area of learning introduces children to the skills needed for reading and writing. Older children will start to link sounds to letters and also learn to write simple words such as their names.
5. Mathematics - This area of learning helps children with some very early maths skills. The focus is very practical so that children have a firm base for later mathematics.
6. Understanding the world - This area of learning is diverse. It includes ICT as well as very early science. It also helps children begin to think about the past and present and their local environment. It also helps children to learn that others might have different cultures and religions.
7. Expressive art and design - This area looks at self-expression through a range of different media, including music, dance, imaginative play and early painting.

Play underpins all activities as through play children develop intellectually, creatively, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally. We also place a high emphasis on links with home, and parents are invited and welcomed into our school.

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Starting nursery is a very important time for you, your child and ourselves and we warmly encourage parents and carers to come and visit our nursery and see the facilities we provide.