Nursery Miss Kiely
Information for Parents and Carers
Year group - Nursery
May I take this opportunity to welcome you and your children to Nursery. The initial weeks will involve the children settling into the rules and routines of the Nursery class. The Nursery Staff are Miss Kiely (Class Teacher), Miss MacDonald (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Antoniou (Nursery Nurse) and Mrs Thakkar (Mealtime Supervisor).
The morning Nursery session begins at 8.45am and the afternoon session begins at 12.15pm.
On arrival the children put their name cards on the self- registration ‘Alphabet Tree’.
They put their items in the correct places (e.g. pack lunch box on the lunch trolley if applicable and their coat on their clothes peg).
The children also choose a ‘bedtime book’ with their parent/carer each day.
There will be an opportunity to read with your child daily on arrival or if you are unable to stay for the children to listen to a story read by one of the Nursery staff.
In the morning, the tambourine is shaken at 8.55am to indicate time for the children to gather in the classroom.
To ensure a prompt start to the morning’s activities and also so that you are able to leave before the playground gate is closed, we ask that you leave in good time.
The Religion topic for the first half term is ‘Beginnings’. Please can you could help your child by trying one or more of these activities while this topic is being taught:
• Look over photo albums and recall stories of your family.
• Look at their Baptismal Certificate or photos of their Baptism. Explain who their Godparents are.
• Celebrate the friends you have who are from different cultures. Speak positively about difference.
An idea for prayer at home
When you next collect your child from school take some time to walk around the Church and to prayerfully look at the religious items it contains. Allow your child to light a candle and together pray for a special intention.
Children can bring fruit in once a week to share. Please note do not bring in strawberries, due to an allergy in the class. The children have access to milk or water throughout the sessions. As part of developing their independence within the environment, the children are encouraged to help themselves whenever they need, pouring water from the jug provided at the snack table.
The children who are booked to have their pack lunches will now eat in the dining room, accompanied by Mrs Thakkar (meal time supervisor). Children’s lunch boxes need to be clearly written on the outside.
As the children spend so much time outside, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. A change of clothes can be left on your child’s peg, in a bag clearly labelled with his or her name. Your child will also need a pair of wellingtons (labelled). Children will need a book bag, with the school logo (sold at Braggs School Wear, North Finchley). Correspondence, including the Nursery weekly letter, will be put in the book bags.
Please see the separate letter explaining about the Observational Rota and note the week your child will be observed.
A sheet of blank star shapes will be sent home for you to record and date and moment in which your child has demonstrated something new they can now do. We will celebrate these moments by sharing your comments with the class and placing it on our special board, entitled ‘Reach for the Stars’.
A document entitled, ‘What to expect, when?’ Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage will be put in your child’s book bag. This document contains ideas for you to do with your child under the heading, ‘How can you help me with my learning?’
We are currently planning to create a display of the children’s favourite books. We are therefore inviting the children are to bring in a book they enjoy reading at home with you. This can be either fiction or non- fiction. We will provide a special box to keep the books separate from the school bedtime books. Please clearly label the book with your child’s name. All books will be returned at a later date.
Golden Rules -
The children will follow the school’s Golden Rules, which are as follows:
Do be gentle Do not hurt anybody
Do be kind and helpful Do not hurt people’s feelings
Do work hard Do not waste your or other people’s time
Do look after property Do not waste or damage things
Do listen to people Do not interrupt
Do be honest Do not cover up the truth
Nursery have a reward chart for individual achievements. This chart is a pirate ship. When individual children are praised for following a Golden Rule, they will be move up the flag pole of the pirate ship. When they reach number 5 they will be awarded with a scented sticker.
To encourage and develop team work, the Nursery class work together to gain a golden coin to put in a pirate treasure chest.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.