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Welcome to Nursery - we are the Manchester class.


Nursery team

Nursery Teachers - Mrs Searle & Miss Hawelko

Nursery learning support assistants - Mrs Kells, Miss Dowdall & Mrs Murphy


The children will be split into two Nursery classes once all the children have started and have settled in. This is usually around week 4/5 (beginning of October). Even though they will work in their classes for group times, the rest of the time, the children will work as one Nursery class and will have interactions with all the adults in Nursery.

You can speak to any of the Nursery team regarding your child.


The Nursery day starts at 8:35am and finishes at 3pm. We have a short stay and play each morning which gives parents the opportunity to play with their child in the different areas of the classroom, look at the learning we have done that week, or speak to any member of the Nursery team.

We will ring the tambourine at 8:45am to register the children and start our first group time. The gates close at 8:50am

Please ensure your child arrives promptly to school.

The Nursery doors open at 3pm and we ask that parents with older siblings come to Nursery first before collecting their other children.


We have a child-initiated approach to learning which encourages the children's natural desire to explore in a safe and enabling environment. It starts with the child and their interests and is led by the child. Instead of a topic based approach, we will be planning 'in the moment' based on the interests of the children. As facilitators, we will be seizing the moment and therefore, supporting that child immediately to move their learning on. 


In the early years setting, we go outdoors in all weathers and regularly use our 'Let's explore' muddy area. We have waterproof trousers and coats that the children wear when using this area.

Your child will need:

A waterproof coat

a pair of wellies

a bag containing a change of clothing including underwear which can be left on their peg


Reading books and Learning logs

Towards the end of this first half term, we will be sending home a reading bag containing two library books for you to share at home. These will be changed each week in school. You will also have a reading record for you to fill in, each time you share a story with your child.

You will receive a home learning activity to do with your child each week which is linked to what we are learning about in school. This will be recorded in their learning log. Please see the inside of the learning log for more information.

Reading books and learning logs will be sent home every Friday and should be returned to school every Wednesday.

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