We are delighted to welcome you to Sayes Court Nursery where we believe that children learn best when they feel safe, happy and are presented with a wealth of stimulating opportunities. Our highly trained Nursery Lead and Nursery Practitioners organise our inside and outside environments to reflect this ethos. All children in our Nursery develop their interests and are able to learn and play in an extremely warm, caring and friendly atmosphere.
We believe in making your child’s journey through each phase of school as smooth as possible and to ensure that this starts as early as possible, our Nursery and Reception teams work closely together. Our Nursery is situated in the heart of the school next door to Reception Class and this encourages a smooth transition into the next phase of EYFS.
We recognise that Parents are a child’s first teacher and respect our combined role in nurturing your child. We therefore encourage parental engagement and believe that warm, caring and trusting relationships between staff, children and parents are pivotal to our success. We value your contributions and endeavour to fully involve you in the life of our school.
On joining our Nursery your child will be assigned a Key Worker who will provide a supportive relationship for your child whilst they are away from home. Your child will take part in individual or small group focussed sessions with their Key Worker. The Key Worker will work closely with the Nursery Lead to gather evidence about your child’s learning and make sure that they are flourishing in all areas including socially, academically, physically and spiritually.
We believe in keeping you fully informed about your child’s time in Nursery and have various ways in which we share information including the following:
- Written reports sent home three times a year
- Parents’ Evening twice a year
- Half termly coffee mornings with the Headteacher, Nursery and EYFS Lead
- Tapestry an online journal where your child’s learning is recorded and shared with you and where you can also upload and share learning from home
- Dojo – instant messaging system which allows the Nursery Lead and Parents to send and receive messages
- Events throughout the year which Parents are invited to attend including Sports Morning, reading and stay and play events to mention a few
Before your child starts at our Nursery, two members of the Nursery team will arrange to visit you and your child at your home. This provides the perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other better and for you and your child to ask any questions or share any worries you may have about them starting Nursery. We also invite you and your child to come and play during one of our sessions.
We pride ourselves on giving your child the best early year’s education they can receive and offer the following:
- A wonderful early year’s environment in which your 2 to 4-year-old can grow and flourish
- Amazing staff who are friendly, energetic, caring and incredibly passionate about the EYFS
- 30 hours per week childcare (30-hour funding entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year olds)
- FEET funding for eligible 2 year olds
- Open Monday to Friday during term time
- Two-and-a-half-day attendance pattern (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday)
- Freshly cooked lunches
Please contact the office on 01932-845093 if you would like any additional information, an application form or to arrange a tour of the Nursery and School. We look forward to welcoming you and your child!
Please note that children attending the Nursery at Sayes Court will not automatically qualify for a place in our Reception Class in the year that they turn 5. There is a separate admissions process to join Reception. Please visit our Admissions section of the website for further information.
EYFS Curriculum Development Matters
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development - This allows children to understand themselves and others with a positive outlook, it opens up development into forming positive relationships and having respect and honesty towards others. Emotional development assists children in managing their feelings and learning appropriateness of different types of behaviour.
Physical Development - Involving interactivity and activeness into a child's daily routine. Learning control, movement, sensory manipulation and coordination. This also gives children the education they need to making healthy choices in both exercise and food.
Communication and Language Development - Giving the opportunity to develop speaking, understanding, listening and attention techniques. This may spark an interest in beginning the basics of reading, writing and expressing themselves.
Literacy Development - When children are given wide access to written material they are more likely to develop an interest in reading and writing.
Mathematics Development - Learning to count, use and manipulate numbers, simple addition and subtraction are all-important development stages within mathematics.
Understanding shapes, space and measures gives children the opportunity to learn in other subject areas and gain confidence.
Understand the World - Gaining a sense of community and having an opportunity to explore the world around them is an ideal objective for development. It gives them an insight into making observations, predictions and become stronger decision-makers.
Expressive Arts and Design - Using a child's imagination during education is a brilliant way to engage them in a task. They will develop opinions in music, art, movement, dance, role play and technology.
This stimulates individuality and expressiveness of their own personalities