Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Nursery’s Autumn Term 1 newsletter. This is a very important time where we settle children into the Nursery routines, helping them separate from parents and carers. We will encourage and help your child to become more independent by letting them find their own name for the register, hang up their own coat, say “Good morning” and choose activities that interest them.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
Mrs Lombardi Class Teacher
Ms Lowe HLTA
Mrs Murray Support Staff
Ms Martinez Support Staff
Ms Anna Support Staff
We are always available to speak with parents and carers but if you feel you may need a little longer to discuss an issue we can make an appointment to see you.
It is important that your child comes to school each day dressed in the Nursery uniform, which is the burgundy tracksuit, white polo shirt and appropriate footwear. We ask that children do not wear lace-up shoes, unless they can ties laces themselves. The uniform allows the children to engage with the full range of activities on offer.
For health and safety reasons hard hair bobbles, hair clips and jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings) are not permitted. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately and safely every day. All uniform and clothing should be named with a permanent marker or laundry label, this includes coats, scarves, hats and gloves.
Children will receive positive ‘Dojos’ for making good choices, “sparking” their teacher, trying their best and demonstrating good behaviour. Make sure you are connected to get your Dojo updates!
Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will usually be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued, depending on the matter in hand. If a child receives a negative dojo you will be informed. They may have time-out and if their negative behaviour is serious enough they are placed on file; we call this the 369 sheet, which forms part of our whole school behaviour policy.
Nursery experiences will be organised throughout each term to develop the children’s understanding of a topic and their skills. We expect our Parents and Carers to assist us each day and on local visits to the church, the railway station, the park and when taking part in environmental walks, etc.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is important that your child attends Nursery punctually every day, unless they are ill. Please ring the Nursery directly on 020 8801 0176 to tell us if your child cannot attend.
The Nursery gates are open from:
9.00am - 3.00pm for our full-time children
9.00am-12.00pm for our part-time children
Children will come into Nursery and self register, they are encouraged to put their book bag in their own box, take off their coat and hang it up on their own peg.
Parents and Carers are reminded that they must accompany their child into the Nursery. Supporting your child with daily routines helps support their transition into Nursery. There are also different activities arranged each day to support your child’s engagement in teaching and learning. We thank you for your support.
In order to encourage children to make good choices in our Nursery we have a Healthy Snack Table each day which allows the children to prepare and share snacks with each other.
Parents are reminded that as a Healthy School no sweets, fried snacks or sugary cakes are allowed. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits, confectionery and chocolate spread. As some of our children may have allergies, you will be advised of any other products that are not permitted.
We will celebrate your child’s birthday in Nursery by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them and taking photos. If you wish to bring in some fruit, or purchase a book, we will be delighted.
We are also a Healthy School and wish to promote good choices, sweet and snack foods should be seen as a treat. Unfortunately due to a number of allergies, we cannot readily share cakes, sweets or biscuits.
We recommend that parents share and read books with their child each day. Always encourage your child to explore each new book with you. Look at the front cover, discuss the title and picture, can your child suggest what the story may be about? You can find lots of useful tips on the first page of your child’s yellow shared reading record book. Remember to write a comment in your child’s shared reading record book; this is a great way of communicating with staff about your child’s experiences at home.
Children can change their books every Tuesday and Friday with your support. Please encourage your children to look after the books sent home as they are expensive to replace and children must learn to respect and value the resources given to them.
Remember that sharing a book should be a special time; make this an enjoyable, fun activity that your child wants to do with you. This only needs to be 5 or 10 minutes a day but encouraging a love of books and reading will support your child’s future academic achievement, promote learning, understanding and imagination.
Please leave all reading books inside your child’s book bag with the yellow shared reading record.
Our timetable is very flexible and allows us to meet the needs of our learners each day.
As a Catholic school we always make time for collective worship, where we come together, say our prayers and reflect on aspects of our current RE topic, which changes throughout
We develop our children’s understanding of routines that support their learning, make them more independent and get them Reception-ready. We use lots of visuals, photos, resources and active movement to reinforce learning.
Each half-term we have a curriculum topic which usually develops from a number of shared stories, songs and stimuli. We develop cross-curricular links, through a wide range of experiences and play-based opportunities.
We support a number of different approaches: family engagement, through “Saturday Stay and Play” each half term, our “Friday Family Sessions” and importantly engaging parents/carers by supporting our daily activities within the Nursery.
Our provision involves independent free-flow play (both indoor and outdoor), practitioner-led learning, targeted group-time activities and interventions, home-work learning opportunities with appropriate resources to take home and daily carpet or circle-time sessions.
This balance provides children and their families with extensive opportunities, freedom to explore, make their own informed choices, meet other parents/carers, find out and share experiences in a safe, supportive, welcoming setting.
We encourage children’s engagement, sense of fun and participation across all the areas of learning and development, in order to help children to reach their full potential:
Personal Social and Emotional Development (including making relationships, self-confidence and self- awareness, managing feelings and behaviour)
Physical Development and Self-Help
(including moving and handling, health and self-care)
Communication and Language
(including listening and attention, understanding and speaking)
(including reading and writing)
(including numbers, space, shape and measure)
Understanding the World
(including people and communities, the world and tech- nology)
Expressive Arts and Design
(including exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative)
We closely follow the children’s interests, engaging children to play and explore, to be active learners who are motivated, involved and focused. We are proud that our Nursery creates a thinking environment that promotes effective learning for all and a welcoming Catholic community where our children and families grow together in faith and love.