“Capturing the Imagination of Young Minds”
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
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
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
Communication and Language.
The 4 specific areas provide the experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design.
The Early Years Foundation Stage also identifies characteristics of effective learning:
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
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).
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.
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.
Children bring a healthy packed lunch and drink from home. Nursery sit together to eat lunch.
We use our time in the school hall for physical development activities, drama, games and dance.
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.
Please ensure your child has:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“Capturing the Imagination of Young Minds”