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The Armfield Nursery - An overview of how our Nursery will operate and information for parents/carers

Welcome to the Armfield Academy Nursery. Starting school is an exciting time: a time of new experiences, new friends and new places. This booklet tells you a little bit about us, how we work, what we do and our philosophy. Please don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything you would like to know or anything you want to talk about. The Foundation stage consists of two stages: Nursery for children aged 3 to 4 and Reception for children aged 4 to 5.

The Nursery Day


8.45am Children come into school with their parents. (Parents/carers are welcome to stay until their child is settled in class.)

9.00am Assemble on the carpet for register and whole class carpet time.

9.20am Children free to play inside or outside. *

10.15am Carpet time.

10.30am Snack time.

10:45am Children free to play inside or outside. *

11:25am Carpet time.

11:45am Children who are not staying for afternoon provision are dismissed.

11.45 am Lunchtime. Children wash hands then have lunch.


1.15pm Register then carpet time.

1.35pm Children free to play inside or outside. *

2.35pm Tidy up.

2.45pm Story time. Distribute pictures/bookbags etc.

3.00-3:05pm Home time.

During the children’s free choice time they may be called to work with an adult, either one to one or in pairs. Some children may also work in small groups.


Nursery Teacher: Mrs Shepherd & Miss Bradley

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Nichols & Mrs Livesey

Settling In

Coming to school for the first time is a big change for young children. Suddenly the day is shared by up to 25 other children. It may take some time to get used to, and worried children cannot learn. To avoid anxiety, we welcome you to stay with your child in the morning for as long as you feel it is necessary.


As part of the National School Fruit Scheme, children have a piece of fruit every day. The children can also have milk if they wish. Every child will need a labelled, plastic water bottle with a sports cap lid (please no screw caps) in Nursery so they make drink water at any time during the day.


Children can have packed lunches or a hot dinner for lunch. Nursery begin by eating in their classroom, then begin to eat in the assembly hall to help ease transition into Reception. Electronic payments for lunches will be available through ParentPay. If you would like to change from dinners to packed lunches or vice versa, please give us 1 term’s notice.

School Uniform

Children in Foundation stage need to learn through hands-on experience which can often be very messy! With this in mind every child wears the Armfield school uniform that can be easily washed! Please remember to always send suitable outdoor clothing (waterproof coat/wellies) as children play out every day, in all weathers.

Your Role

Children’s education begins at home with their parents, carers and family members as their first teachers. When children start school, teachers build on this learning. There are always things you can do to help your child with their learning. Each week we send a newsletter home, informing you about the learning going on in school that week. Please read the letter and help your child in any way you can. When children come to school it is a great help if they can recognise their own names as they are used for coat pegs and signing in each morning.

It is preferable for children to be toilet trained when they come to school. If your child is experiencing difficulties in this area, please speak to the Nursery teacher and we will support you in developing your child’s independence. With partnership in mind, we always welcome parents/carers who would like to come into school to help. There are a variety of activities which parents can help with, from simple jobs to helping a group of children with a given task. At the start of term, do let us know if you would like to come in and help and we can discuss an area in which you would like to be involved.

We are very grateful for any small cardboard boxes you have at home, as we can use them in our model making area. Please do not send large cereal boxes in. Any other bits and pieces for collage work and model making, which might fire children’s imagination would be much appreciated. e.g. buttons, beads, feathers, ribbon and other similar things. Occasionally pieces of puzzles and small toys find their way home in pockets. Please return any you find!

Curriculum Details

Starting school is a step towards independence for your child. Our Foundation Stage classes provide a secure and anxiety-free environment where your child can play, explore, experiment and investigate. We encourage the children to acquire skills and knowledge through first hand experience, gaining a sound understanding of the world around them, discovering for themselves at their own pace.

At certain times of the day, children assemble on the carpet with an adult to work in a group or with the whole class. At designated times, the children are free to move and learn in the different learning areas, both inside and out. At these times, groups of children or individuals will also be working with an adult on specific tasks. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning, each with their own Early Learning Goals. These goals are targets which the children are guided towards and challenged to achieve during their time in the Foundation Stage.

Prime Areas
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
Specific Areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE)

In PSHE, the children will learn to be confident, form good relationships with adults and peers and gain an understanding about right and wrong. They will learn to develop an awareness of other people’s views and feelings and how important it is to take turns and share fairly in order to play and work together harmoniously. There is a strong emphasis on children learning to manage and understand their own feelings and behaviour. We also want children to develop their independence in looking after themselves, choosing activities they want to do, finding the resources and tidying up afterwards! This programme links to all=through PSHE curriculum delivery.

Communication and Language (CL)

This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment. They will develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and will learn to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Literacy Development (LD)

Children in Nursery learn to do their own emergent (pretend) writing that will gradually develop into more meaningful writing throughout the year, where they may begin to hear and write some of the sounds in words. They will learn to hold their pencil correctly and write their names. They will take part in fun Letters and Sounds sessions, helping them to distinguish sounds and beginning to link sounds to letters. They will learn to love books and stories and some children may start to read and write some simple words.

Mathematics (M)

This area includes number recognition to 10 and above, accurate 1-1 counting and ordering numbers. Children will use the correct number names and language, match quantity with numeral, compare two groups of objects and begin to develop some simple addition and subtraction skills. Another aspect of this area of learning is shape, space and measure, which includes learning the names and properties of 2d and 3d shapes, measuring and comparing using non-standard measures and making patterns.

Understanding the World (UW)

This heading encompasses children’s learning in Science, Design and Technology, I.C.T, History, Geography and RE. We use a hands on approach which enables the children to find out about the world through their senses. We learn about many different festivals and celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Christmas and Eid to give children as wide a range of experiences as possible.

Expressive arts and design (EAD)

The children have opportunities to work with a wide range of materials and media in a creative way. They work individually or in small groups and their work is always valued, shared and often displayed in the class. Creative work may be produced for the sake of creativity itself, as a means of exploring materials or as a way of recording memorable experiences. Some of the work is retained for their books which will be sent home at the end of the year. Children are encouraged to listen to music and respond using dance. There are vocal and instrumental music sessions where children learn how to ‘find their voices’ and use them in a variety of ways. Children have opportunity to express and communicate their ideas, feelings and thoughts through music, dance, drama, imaginative play and role play.

Your Child’s Day

The day is taken up with many activities such as teacher led activities, sand and water play, dressing up, role play, singing and story time. We always try to keep a ‘home corner’ in our role play but also like to incorporate role play experiences linked to our topic or children’s interests. This gives an opportunity for role play where they can act out their feelings, fantasies and emotions. Sometimes a child may play alone while at other times they may play and co-operate as part of a larger group. The children learn to respect each other, to give and take and to respect each other’s wishes.

Behaviour Management

In Nursery, we have 3 Golden rules which the children learn to follow.

  1. Be kind and gentle.
  2. Look after our things.
  3. Be proud of what we do.

Where problems do arise parents will be informed and we will work together to find a way to solve problems.