Gloucester Road Nursery is accommodated within the main school. All facilities are within the purpose-built room including toilets and washbasins. The room overlooks a pleasant, secure garden with a new purpose built covered area.
The children are presented with a stimulating, safe, aesthetically pleasing environment in which they may gain confidence and experience. The nursery is well equipped with a variety of resources that satisfy the emotional, social, physical, musical and creative needs of the children. Special attention is given to pre-reading and pre-writing skills. The nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, planning for individual and group activities, following the interests of the children.
The Nursery is staffed with experienced and qualified early years practitioners in accordance with State Registration requirements. Please note that admission to the Nursery does not give automatic admission to the Reception class of Gloucester Road Nursery and Primary School. If you wish for your child to attend Gloucester Road for their next steps in their learning you need to make an application to Gloucestershire County Council, Co-ordinated Admission, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TP.
Priority of admission will be given as follows:
- All applications to be placed on the waiting list in date of application order.
- Parents can choose whether they would like children to attend mornings or afternoon sessions or a whole day.
- If parents do not wish to take up the place offered for their child, they have the option to remain on the waiting list.
- We regret that admission to Gloucester Road Nursery does not give automatic entry to Gloucester Road Primary School.
Arrivals & departures
The staff must be informed who your child is to be collected by. We keep details of anyone authorised to collect your child. Prior notification of unfamiliar adults picking up children is essential and they may be asked for identification. If staff have not been informed in advance they may contact you for confirmation that you are happy for us to allow the child to leave.
We have your child’s safety in mind and treat this with great importance.
The Aims of the Nursery
Gloucester Road Nursery aims to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment which provides the best possible nursery education for each child.
We aim to encourage very good relationships with parents in order to enhance the educational opportunities for each child.
We aim to develop each child’s confidence and independence while encouraging thoughtful and courteous behaviour.
We are an integral part of Gloucester Road Primary School community and follow the same the same rules where children strive to be the BEST.
B-Be your best
E- Everyone stays safe
S- Show respect
T- Take care of everyone and everything
Each session incorporates individual, small group and whole nursery activities. This is planned to accommodate structured teaching and learning through experience and investigation and social and creative opportunities. Each of the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is fully covered through careful planning. Although we place a strong emphasis on phonic pre-reading and numerical skills, we encompass a wide range of topical themes and personal interest projects. The nursery is well equipped with a variety of resources, including the new areas that have been created;
- A malleable area
- Role play area
- Number area
- Reading area
- Large Construction
- Music area
- Role play
- Activity area
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by the Nursery helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development. The curriculum, which we follow, is The Early Years Foundation Stage Guidelines (DFES 2012); this is a play-based curriculum for children from birth to age five.
There are 7 areas that are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
Further information about the EYFS can be found in our ‘Parent’s guide to the EYFS’ you can collect a copy from pre-school or email to request an electronic copy. Or via the foundation years website www.foundationyears.org.uk
Snacks- Children are provided with a snack during the morning session. Parents are asked to pay a small contribution towards the snack.
During a Monday morning the children are asked what snack they would like during the week. The children then vote using the voting pebbles.
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