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Poppleton Ousebank Primary School

Poppleton Ousebank Primary School

Tel: 01904 795930


Welcome to Our Nursery


At Poppleton Ousebank Nursery we provide high quality provision to support your child learn through play in a happy, secure, and stimulating environment. By working in partnership with parents we support the children to become confident, motivated and independent learners as they start on their school journey. 


We provide children with the practical multi sensory experiences they need at this stage in their lives. We place a big emphasis on developing speaking and listening skills and children are encouraged to talk to each other and the adults around them. Outdoor learning and experiences, as well as physical development, are a fundamental part of our provision.


The Nursery environment is planned and organised to support children’s development in all areas of the curriculum. In Nursery children follow their own curiosity to explore their interests and our staff follow their lead to support their learning. Activities are planned to challenge the children but they are also free to engage themselves in their own child initiated learning.


Our Nursery has 26 spaces for children age 3-4 years. We are part of the Early Years Unit at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School. When you have accepted a place in our Nursery we will contact you about transition arrangements.

Our Nursery Staff

Mrs Helen Armstrong        Nursery Teacher 

Mrs Claire Green                Nursery Nurse

Mrs Debbie Pickford          Teaching Assistant

Miss Sammi Watson          Lunchtime Assistant

Our Sessions

One day         (6 hours)      8.45 am - 3.15 pm

One session    (3 hours)     AM   8.45 am - 11.45 am / PM   12.15 pm - 3.15 pm

To book sessions, and for information on session pricing, please contact the school office. 

Nursery admission information can be found at the bottom of this page.

15 hours funding is usually taken over 2 ½ days, up to 30 hour funding is also available.

The following information about our Nursery can be found on this page

  • Slideshow of photographs 
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
  • The Nursery day
  • What to bring to Nursery
  • Your child's Learning Journey
  • Parents as partners
  • Helping your child's learning and development
  • Nursery Admissions


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum


In Nursery and Reception we follow the EYFS Curriculum which is followed by all Early Years Settings in England.


The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and is rooted in the principle that children learn through play, problem solving, investigation and discovery. The Nursery environment is planned and organised to support children’s development in all areas of the curriculum. In Nursery children follow their own curiosity to explore their interests and our staff follow their lead to support their learning. Activities are planned to challenge the children but they are also free to engage themselves in their own child initiated learning. Children are taught to independently access resources and to take responsibility for looking after and tidying them away.


The 3 prime areas lay the foundations for children’s success in all areas of learning and of life:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Physical Development

  • Communication and Language.


The 4 specific areas provide the experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design.


The Early Years Foundation Stage also identifies characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring - engagement
    • Finding out and exploring
    • Playing with what they know
    • Being willing to 'have a go'
  • Active learning - motivation
    • Being involved and concentrating
    • Keeping trying
    • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and thinking critically - thinking
    • Having their own ideas
    • Making Links
    • Choosing ways to do things.


Each week our learning starts with a story, based on the children's current interests, and we enjoy rhymes and songs together too. The children explore their creativity through art and craft and role play with friends. As we move through the academic year Nursery staff introduce number and phonics teaching to help the children to be ready for school. As well as learning through experiences the children take part in small group teaching sessions and are supported individually as required.

The Nursery day


On Arrival

When the children come into Nursery they self register, put their coat and bag onto the peg and then choose a drink for snack time (milk or water).

Settling In

Next the children are encouraged to settle to an indoor activity of their choosing.

Whole Class Sessions

Nursery come together, in the carpet learning area, to say hello to each other, go through our calendar, talk about today’s learning and enjoy a story. Each day there is another opportunity to come together for learning activities including our topic, art, stories and songs. As we progress through the Nursery year we add short phonics and maths teaching sessions.

Free Choice Time (child initiated learning)

During the morning and afternoon sessions the children have access to all the Nursery provision - both indoor and outdoor. They choose where they play and explore and are supported by Nursery staff.

Group Time (adult led learning)

Children have time to learn in small groups, where they have opportunities to talk and discuss together. They may be asked to complete a task, play a game, have a go at mark making or do some counting.

Snack Time

We have snack time during both the morning and afternoon sessions. The children have a drink and fruit or vegetables are available, snack time gives us an opportunity for conversation.

Lunch Time

Children bring a healthy packed lunch and drink from home. Nursery sit together to eat lunch.

Hall Time

We use our time in the school hall for physical development activities, drama, games and dance.

Forest School

We visit the school forest for outdoor learning. We may go on a walk to look for seasonal changes, build dens, make natural artwork or other forest school activities.

End of the day

Before going home we recap the day and then share a story or songs together.

What to bring to Nursery



Nursery children wear the Poppleton Ousebank School uniform.

  • White polo shirt
  • Kingfisher blue jumper/cardigan* 
  • Dark grey or black trousers/shorts /joggers/leggings/skirt/pinafore dress
  • Black or grey socks/Dark grey or red tights
  • Black shoes (no laces please)
  • Red checked school dress (in Summer)
  • No Jewellery should be worn
    *School sweatshirts/cardigans with logo can be purchased from the school office

Spare clothes

Please ensure your child has:

  • appropriate all weather clothing at Nursery as we play outside in all weathers e.h. wellies, rain coat
  • a spare set of clothes (as sometimes accidents happen) e.g. uniform, pants, socks.


Please send your child to Nursery in appropriate named footwear (that they can put on and fasten themselves) so they are not restricted e.g. shoes/trainers with Velcro fastening.  No Crocs or flip flops please.  
We also ask for a pair of named wellies to stay in school.

Lunch box

Children in Nursery bring a packed lunch with a drink.
Please note we are a nut free school.

Your Child's Learning Journey


In Nursery we carefully track your child’s progress by observing them in their play and by talking to them. We gain a fantastic insight into each child’s individual interests, skills and abilities. Using this information we plan activities that will take their learning forward. We build up a profile (Learning Journey) of every child’s development as they progress through Nursery.


Our Learning Journeys contain samples of the children’s work, photographs and observations made by staff on particular skills and understanding within the different areas of learning of the EYFS curriculum. Our observations are recorded on an Ipad using the program Tapestry.


You are welcome to look at your child’s Learning Journey whenever you wish and it is important to include details of any special events or achievements that have taken place at home. This profile belongs to your child and is a  unique and special record of their learning journey both at home and at school.

Parents as partners


Keeping you informed

You will be invited to a ‘Parent Chat’ following your child’s first half term in Nursery.  We will discuss how your child has settled and their progress so far.  Parent Chats are also held again later in the school year. You are welcome to make an appointment at any time if you have any concerns you would like to discuss. Nursery staff are also available every day at drop off and pick up if you wish to chat.

Each half term we produce a curriculum newsletter. This will inform you of our topic to enable you can support your child's learning at home. Newsletters are sent home every few weeks to inform you of Nursery and whole school dates and events. All Newsletters are posted on the Nursery page of the school website.

Parent Helpers

Once your child has settled into Nursery we very much appreciate help from parents. Perhaps you have a particular skill you could share with us, perhaps you would like to read to the children, help us on a trip to the Library, or help with administrative tasks. Just let us know.

Helping your child's learning and development 


  • Encourage independence e.g. toileting, washing hands, eating, using cutlery.
  • Encourage them to get dressed independently e.g. practise taking off and putting on a coat and shoes.
  • Show them how to do different fastenings e.g. buttons, zips. This strengthens muscles and develops fine motor control.
  • Share stories together every day. Ask questions as you read. Can you guess what is happening from the pictures?
  • Retell familiar stories together. What happens next? Which is your favourite part?
  • Sing simple nursery rhymes and songs. This will give your child some of the skills they need to start reading.
  • Count anything and everything both at home and outdoors e.g. as you climb the stairs or choose the apples when shopping.
  • Recognising numbers and shapes. Help your child to spot numbers and shapes in their environment, go on a number or shape hunt.
  • Talk to your child about changes in the weather and things they observe outdoors.
  • As you cook food give them opportunities to build strength in their fingers by practising using kitchen utensils and cutlery.
  • Develop gross motor skills e.g. play outside, climb, jump, dance, play football, go for a walk, scoot, swim, ride a bike.
  • Encourage your child to tidy up and respect their own and others belongings.
  • Talk to your child about starting Nursery, meeting new friends and playing with different things.
  • Have fun together - following their curiosities and interests.

Nursery Admissions


  • Nursery application forms are available from the school office.

  • Children usually attend Nursery for the academic year before they start in Reception. However if we have space, children may start at the beginning of the term following their third birthday.

  • We will contact you when it is time for your child to start Nursery and discuss the sessions you require and what is available.

  • You will  be invited to visit us for a transition visit. This will allow you and your child to see our Nursery in action. It will help to familiarise your child with their new learning environment and the Nursery staff.

  • When your child starts in Nursery we will ask for further information e.g. your child’s interests, particular needs, medical information and consents.

Starting School

A place in our Nursery does not mean that your child will automatically get a place at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School. Parents must also complete a school admission form.

School Motto

“Capturing the Imagination of Young Minds”

School Awards

Hope Learning Trust