We are looking forward to getting to know all about you, your likes and your interests. Our Nursery has lots of interesting and exciting areas to explore and challenge you.
Our aim is to ensure that children experience a smooth and happy transition into Nursery. For some children, this may be the first time they are separating from a parent. Other children may have already attended a playgroup or another Nursery. We recognise that all children and families will have different experiences and therefore, we try to ensure that transitions are tailored to meet the needs of the individual. We are here to support each child and their family, ensuring that the move into our Nursery is a positive one, making them feel safe, secure and happy in their new learning environment.
We are open Monday to Friday, running 10 sessions a week during term time only.
- 8.50am - 12 noon
- 12noon - 3.15pm
Children who attend pre-school are entitled to 15 hours government funding which entitles the child to 5 sessions per week. These sessions can be a combination of mornings and afternoons or just mornings or just afternoons. If a parent would like additional hours for their child the fee is £12 per session.
Some children are also entitled to an additional 15hours, meaning that they can have 30 hours a week. To find out more about the additional 15 hours funding and how to apply for it please go the following website:
Children who would like to stay in the afternoons or for a whole day must bring their own packed lunch.
We are a nut aware school and we ask that parents check that there are no nut or nut related products within their child's lunch box.
Within the Nursery, each child will be assigned a Key Person. However, we do things a little differently at Seven Stars - the children choose. Through observation during the initial settling in period, and working with the children, we are able to identify who the child responds well with, who they may go to for reassurance or to celebrate an achievement. This is a more natural way of assigning a Key Person and it has proven to be the most effective.
A key person enables the child to feel safe, secure and cared for. They will help them to become familiar with the learning environment and enable them to use and explore the areas, developing independence and confidence.
A key person will:
- Welcome your child into class and help they to "Get Busy".
- Help them settle with class and learn routines.
- Respond sensitively to the feelings, wishes and needs of your child.
- Get to know your child by observing, playing alongside and with them.
- Talk to you and share information.
- Encourage them to be independent and try out ideas.
- Model positive play and engage in conversations.
- Use questioning to encourage them to talk about what they are doing
- Identify opportunities of how they can enhance their play.
- Celebrate achievements in school and at home.
- Help with transition into Reception class.
Fun Activities for Home
- Write a shopping list and use it at the shops.
- Thread pasta tubes onto a piece of string.
- Sort and match the socks.
- Share a book under a blanket with a torch.
- Make a den using blankets and cushions and things from around the house.
Fun Activities for Outside
- Throwing, catching and jumping in leaves with an adult.
- Go on a number hunt as you walk to school.
- Talk about the weather and what it feels like.
- Use your finger to make shapes and patterns on a misted window.
- Go to the library and find a book you would like to read