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Additional information for Reception parents:
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Nursery in September.
When we start back in Autumn Term our topic will be ‘We All Fit Together’ this will give us a chance for us to get to know your children, and for them to get to know us and their classmates. It would be useful for you to send in a photograph of your child with their family if you are happy to do so.
Here are some key bits of information you may need to know;
What to bring;
-Appropriate clothing for the weather – we go outside everyday and children will need to be dressed ready for this (this may include sun hats, waterproofs, woolly hats, gloves…)
This is not a requirement for Nursery although many families send their children in the school jumper and team it with trousers, joggers or leggings. We have a mix of children who wear either some uniform, full uniform or their own clothes.
-A named water bottle
-A book bag
-A named bag with spare clothes in/nappies or pull ups (this can stay in Nursery and we will let you know if it needs to be topped up)
-Named Wellington boots (these can be left in Nursery, just let us know if you need to take them home over weekends/half term breaks)
Our day in Nursery usually begins with a story linked to our topic which will act as a stimulus to the day’s activities. We offer a wide range of activities for the children to access throughout the day including playdough, creative resources such as paint and collage, building and construction, small world toys such as cars, farm and dinosaurs, jigsaws, puzzles, role play and fine motor activities such as threading and lacing. We also do daily activities outdoors which include gross motor skills such as bikes, scooters and climbing as well as water and sand play. Alongside these activities we have ‘Together Times’ which focus on skills linked to Literacy (phonics, rhyme and stories) and also to Maths skills (number, and shape space and measure). Underpinning all this is a strong focus on Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.
We do PE in Nursery but we will not start this straight away, when we are beginning this aspect of our learning we will let you know. When we do, you will not need to send in a PE kit or pumps, however, you will need to make sure that your child is in clothing suitable for these sessions. As well as being able to take off, and then put back on, their socks/tights, shoes and jumpers. Please support your child with being able to fasten their shoes, velcro is much easier for small hands compared to buckles or laces.
We will most likely start this aspect of learning after the first half term break. We will send out information nearer the time about when these sessions will run and what clothing you will need to send in for your children.
Most children who start at Nursery are confident using the toilet but we recognise that this is not the case for all children. If your child is still in nappies/pull ups then we are happy to work with you to make the transition to them using a toilet and wearing underwear. For children who are still in nappies/pull ups we ask that you send them into their session in a fresh nappy/pull up and that you send a bag containing ample supplies including wipes and clothes.
See you soon,
The Nursery Team
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