Woodlands Park Nursery School & Children's Centre

Woodlands Park Nursery School & Children's Centre

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Welcome to Blue room (3-4 year olds)

Welcome. Here you can find all things related to your child's experience in Blue Room.

Please email Blue Room if you wish to communicate directly with a member of staff.

Meet the Team

Denise                        Jane

Emily                      Ellie

 

This is what a typical day would hold for your child in Blue Room:

Blue Room has a range of different places for children between the ages of 3 and 4:

  • Full-time Edu-care places from 8.00am – 6pm (all year round)
  • Part-time Free Entitlement places (term-time only) in the morning (8.30 – 11.30am) or afternoon (12.30 – 3.30pm) five days a week
  • Flexible Free Entitlement places (term-time only) for two and a half days (two days from 8.30am - 3.30pm) and one half day (8.30 – 11.30am or 12.30 – 3.30pm)
  • Full-time 30 hour Entitlement places (term-time only) five days a week (8.30am - 3.30pm)
  • Flexible 30 hour Entitlement places (year round) for two and a half days (two days 8am - 6pm) and one half day (8 - 11.30am or 12.30 - 3:30pm)

Breakfast Club                                          

8:00-8.30am

Breakfast is available for children with a Day-care placement and is held in the Community Room. We aim to provide a warm and welcoming start to the day. Familiar staff will be available to help you to settle your child and introduce them to the start of their Nursery Day. 

Hello Time/group Time                              

Morning       8:30am
Afternoon    12.30pm

Children start their Nursery session by self-registering with their parents/carers or Key People. The session starts with Hello Time, which is a short, well planned and whole group session led by a Key Person from your child’s Family Group. Children are all welcomed by name and there is a shared discussion that focuses on the day ahead, the weather and any new information, for example that it is a rainy day and children will need to wear their wellies in the garden etc. The main focus of the session is introducing the children to the range of learning experiences and opportunities available during the session; offering suggestions about how to interact and make the most of these activities; and sharing a skill or piece of information they may need during the session. The session concludes with a phonics focus, such as using the children’s names to discuss letter sounds, and an opportunity to develop mathematical skills by estimating and counting the number of children in the Group Time.

Nursery Session                                       

Morning     8:30-11.30am
Afternoon   12.30-3.30pm 

During the main Nursery Session there is a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities, available both indoor and outdoor.  The majority of the activities are planned according to the needs and interests of small groups or individual children.  Our Nursery children learn through play having first hand experiences with sensory activities which is consistent with the EYFS Guidance. Having an emphasis on play and active learning both indoor and outdoor means that children are motivated and highly involved, and supports them to develop skills, new concepts and positive attitudes.  It also enables them to develop their language and communication and concentration. During this period a self-service snack will be available for children. Children are actively encouraged to help with the preparation of the snacks, for example cutting fruit, counting plates and cups etc.

Tidy-Up Time                                             

Morning     10.55-11.05am
Afternoon   2:55-3.05pm

Children are supported by the Nursery Staff to tidy away the materials they have been working with. This is an extremely valuable experience for children, and there are a range of learning opportunities that children are engaged in, for example maths (counting back an accurate number of items of equipment) and language (discussing where things belongs). It also supports children with their self-help skills and develops a good sense of responsibility for their community and environment, as well as encouraging cooperation and teamwork.

Island Time or Story Groups                 

Morning   11.05am- 11:25am
Afternoon 3.05pm- 3:25pm 

Island Times

At the end of sessions children meet in their key groups and their Key Person initially encourages a reflection and review session where children share ideas and discuss what they’ve been doing. This helps children to develop language and communication skills. There is also a planned small group literacy or maths activity, for example sharing a story, working with puppets and number rhymes etc.

Story Groups

Following an initial assessment at the beginning of the Nursery Year, children work in Story Groups a few times a week. This is an opportunity for children to be in a group with peers who are working at a similar level in terms of their literacy learning. This means that children who are at a more advanced level of literacy development can explore more extended texts and have a bigger focus on phonological learning to support early reading etc. In a similar way, it also supports children who need more support with an introduction to simple texts and with using language for communication; they are able to work in a smaller group, having the opportunity to practice these skills.

Home-time or preparation for lunch/tea time       

Morning       11.30am
Afternoon     3.30pm

In the morning session, children who are staying for a whole Nursery Day start preparing for lunch at this time, for example washing hands, helping to lay the table and finding their place. At this point, for children who are going home, we welcome parents back into the Nursery to collect their children and Key People are available to share with parents any information about their child’s session.

In the afternoon, children who are staying for the day-care programme start preparing for tea, for example washing hands, helping to lay the table and finding their place. At this point, for children who are going home, we welcome parents back into the Nursery to collect their children and Key People are available to share with parents any information about their child’s session.

Lunchtime/Teatime                                              

Meals are cooked in our own kitchens by our experienced team.  We have developed balanced and nutritious menus using fresh seasonal ingredients with the guidance of a dietician. Meal times are important and staff eat with the children encouraging conversation, social interactions and good manners.

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Extended Day/After School Club in Blue Room

 3.30 - 6.00pm

After tea time, children on extended day care and After School Club are in Blue Room. This is a more low-key and relaxed time where children are able to wind down from their day.  The activities and experiences planned reflect this.