Welcome to our Nursery Webpage 2019/2020
The Foundation Stage 1 Team
Mrs Falero - Nursery Leader
Mrs Ashwell - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Bell - Teaching Assistant
At St Joseph's we aim to provide a happy, secure and caring atmosphere which encourages young children to flourish and grow as young learners.
Our children start the term after their third birthday - in September, after Christmas, and after Easter.
We are very proud of our nursery, and would love for you to come and visit. If at any time you would like to visit our nursery, please contact the office to make an appointment.
Foundation Stage Aims
We aim at St Joseph’s to provide a happy and stimulating Christian environment to enable your child to grow and develop to full potential in the light of the Catholic faith.
We aim to forge strong links with parents, working together for the benefit of your child.
We will treat your child as an individual who respects themself and others.
We will provide an environment rich in language to stimulate your child’s intellectual development.
We will assist your child to prepare for the Reception class by providing learning experiences covering all six areas of learning and addressing all the Early Learning Goals.
We aim to enable your child to become a confident and independent member of the group.
Extended and Flexible Provision
St Joseph's Nursery now offer extended and flexible nursery sessions.
This means that rather than the previous morning or afternoon session we offered, parents/guardians can now choose to pay for additional sessions or use the new ’30 Hours Free Childcare’ funding.
Information regarding the eligibility criteria for ’30 Hours Free Funding’ is available from the link below.
Our admissions policy for Nursery can be found here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All of the children attending St Joseph’s Nursery are given a guiding hand to develop at their own pace. Our curriculum is meticulously planned and tailored to each child’s learning needs, through age appropriate and interesting opportunities for development.
By means of one-on-one time with pupils and learning through play, we offer a curriculum that guides our children through the nationally recognised Early Learning Goals. These are in accordance with the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. We give confidence to our pupils to progress to (and go beyond) the National Curriculum.
At St Joseph's Nursery, we embrace the ethos that every child deserves the best possible start in life, and recognise that all children require individual support and guidance through engaging activities and play in order to fulfill their potential. We strive to provide a nurturing environment that incorporates high standards, quality care and learning primarily delivered through the play environment, all while ensuring that children are happy, and safe. Guidance from the EYFS is taken to ensure that your child is thriving and well cared for. Effective practice is delivered by incorporating the following four guiding themes:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
The learning and development requirements are delivered through seven areas covered by the Early Learning Goals. These important aspects include:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
All areas are equally important and are delivered through individually planned; purposeful play opportunities, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.
EYFS Outdoor Provision
(Reception and Nursery)
Our main focus for the start of this school year has been to develop the outdoor provision. As a team, we discussed what areas of learning and resources we would like to see in the outdoors and then have created fun and engaging activities.
We have introduced Peddling for a Purpose which is all about using the bikes for a particular purpose. We started off by creating a Costa Coffee drive through which has been a very popular activity during continuous provision. We immersed the area by using environmental print, costa coffee take away cups, and other resources that helped to represent the area as a café. The children have been very engaged during play and because it has been a success we have carried on the idea and this time linked it to our superhero topic. The children now have the option of choosing their very own superhero drink.
During the summer holidays, we transformed and recreated the gardening area. A team of practitioners volunteered their time to begin to create a natural and child-friendly area. We have given the children the opportunity to explore the garden with a range of tools including real tools. This has encouraged the children to develop their awareness of how these tools can aid their learning.
Maths and Literacy area
It is necessary that the learning area outside should mirror the indoor provision. We have created two defined areas that include resources suitable for both Nursery and Reception. In each area, there is a range of environmental print, easily accessible resources that are displayed at eye-level and arranged in a way that ignites the children’s curiosity to explore.
It is important to give the children the opportunity to be just as creative outdoors as it is indoors. We have enabled more creativity by providing a range of different resources, tools, textures and natural resources.
Our New Mud Kitchen
There is a new addition to our outdoor area! Our very own mud kitchen. We LOVE it!
Thank you to 'Sheffield Kitchen Interiors' for the donation of the sink, and to Mr Falero for making the stand!