Mrs White and Mrs O’Keeffe are experienced and fully qualified teachers who teach both morning and afternoon Nursery classes. Mrs. Kelly is our highly experienced and qualified EYFS practitioner. Mrs O’Keeffe usually teaches on Mondays/Tuesdays plus Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon and Thursday/Friday will be led by Mrs White.
Mrs O’Keeffe has overall responsibility for assessment, reporting and pastoral care for the MORNING NURSERY children and Mrs White has overall responsibility of assessment, reporting and pastoral care for the AFTERNOON NURSERY children.
Please do not hesitate to chat to us if you have any questions-we are very approachable and value your support and interest in your child’s/children’s leaning journey with us.
We are about to welcome your child/children into our Nursery here at Christ the King and very much look forward to learning and growing together in God. A gentle reminder that Nursery timings are as follows:
AM Nursery – 8.45 to 11.45
PM Nursery –12.15 to 3.15
Nursery doors will open at 8.45am for morning Nursery children and 12.15pm for afternoon Nursery children. We would remind you, respectfully, that as part of the school’s Safeguarding and Welfare of Children Policy, parents and carers are asked to help children take off coats and find name peg and exit the Nursery entrance swiftly, after a good bye hug and kiss, as there will be many children entering at the same time. We very much appreciate your assistance and understanding.
Tuesday and Friday mornings are staff briefing mornings so staff may be unavailable until the session begins at 8.45am Thank you for your understanding.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Nursery or Foundation Stage 1 is part of the EYFS at Christ the King R.C. Primary Academy.
At Christ the King EYFS we know that you are the most important person in your child’s life. From you they will achieve their first steps in language and communication, develop their physical skills and become social and develop friendships. We are here to support you and your child and it is important for us to work together to help your child develop to their full potential in the early years. For you this means the opportunity to share information about your child’s growth and development both at home and at nursery. This will be through observations and discussions and reviewing your child’s development on a regular basis.
If your child attends more than one setting, we would like to work with them to discuss your child’s development and work together to provide a cohesive care package for you and your child.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) looks at the stages of development from birth to the end of the child’s first year in school (reception year/FS2). These years see the greatest growth and learning for your child.
The EYFS is based on 4 overarching principles which shape good practice in early years settings:–
• A unique child
Every child is a unique. They are consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
• Positive relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
• Enabling environments
Children learn and develop well in environments where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and yourself as a parent and/or carer.
• Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates
The framework covers the education and care of your child within the early years setting, including children with additional needs.
So what does this mean for you and your child?
The EYFS supports practitioners to provide play experiences that enable your child to expand their knowledge and skills to support their individual learning and development in their early years. As practitioners we recognise your child’s strengths and areas they may need additional support with. This support may come from within the nursery or from other professionals.
It is important for your child to feel secure in their surroundings, this is aided by having an induction period into the setting to enable us to get to know you and your child well and build a strong and interactive relationship with you both.
The activities and experiences that we provide for your child will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals in the following 7 areas –
Prime Areas –
• Communication and language
• Physical Development
• Personal, social and emotional development
Specific Areas –
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Art and Design
We recognise that learning and development are important from birth. The 7 areas within the EYFS are all of equal importance. The 3 Prime areas support your child’s initial skills and give them the basis to develop in the 4 Specific areas. Our staff are trained towards the highest qualifications in Early Years and use this knowledge and their experience to provide planned activities and projects. We extend your child’s learning through these and your involvement is paramount to achieve this.
In partnership with parents we will use our observations to plan future activities and projects which relate to children’s current interests, needs and the world around them. This will help develop their independence and life skills for their future.
Your child has an individual learning journey where we record observations, videos, photos and other information that is kept as an on-going record of their developmental journey. As a commitment to your child it is important that we regularly meet and discuss your child’s progress and look towards their future next steps.
Parents can apply for exemption for their child if they feel that the learning and development requirements of the EYFS, or some element(s) of it, conflict with their religious or philosophical convictions.
If you have any further questions about early education or the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) please talk to a member of the Christ the King EYFS staff who will be able to offer further information.
What can you do to help your child/children prepare for this important milestone in
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Being toilet trained is expected for nurseries that only take children aged over three, but no one expects small children to be fully accomplished at going to the toilet by themselves. To aid successful independent toileting and self-care, don’t make them wrestle with zips and buttons but dress them in trousers or skirts with elastic waists.
Even with these precautions, we understand and are prepared for ‘little accidents’, which Nursery staff are more than happy to deal with, so it’s wise to have spare clothing in a named bag with in knickers/underpants, socks and a change of clothes just in case!
Anything Nursery staff need to know?
Make sure you tell Nursery staff if there’s anything your child might be worried about at home or at school – even the goldfish dying can upset a small person.
What about dressing themselves? Label all clothing-it saves you money!
Put your child in clothes that are easy for him/her to pull on and off, especially to aid self-care and toileting and ensure all clothing is named-every week we end up with several unclaimed jumpers, cardigans, coats, hats etc.
Shoes with Velcro fastening will make him/her feel more independent, as he/she won’t need to ask for help tying the laces.
We spend significant time engaged in outdoor learning so being able to put on/take off their own coats would be very helpful but we are more than happy to assist children with this in the early days. We ask you to send in a pair of named wellington boots-the ones with side handles to aid putting on and taking off are recommended but any wellies are welcomed-it would be helpful if you practiced putting on and taking off at home before Nursery starts in September.
Crying when you leave
If your child is upset when you leave, we are more than happy and experienced in distracting/comforting them. To reassure you, in our experience, your child will have stopped sobbing by the time you’ve reached the end of the path! However we are aware that every child is different-some will run off without a backward glance, but most will be a bit hesitant – as will their mums/dads and carers!
When you are about to leave, do your very best impression of a brisk-but-cheerful-and-confident parent/carer – even if you’re feeling the exact opposite!
Teachers advise not slipping off without saying goodbye when your child is distracted. Better to say goodbye properly – give a hug and a kiss and tell them when you’ll be back – then go. Lingering is rarely a good idea-all children experience separation anxiety at some point-we are expecting it and are very experienced in dealing with this. It is usually short lived, but ask us for advice if your little one is having difficulties-we are more than happy to help!
£1 Nursery Fund Contributions
Contributing to the voluntary weekly £1 donation to our Nursery Fund enables us to buy ‘extras’ that we could not provide without your generosity. Last year, we have purchased new interactive books, a puppet theatre, new high quality wooden play equipment, food stuffs for our weekly cooking sessions, play dough ingredients, Green Hearts Balloons for our Green Hearts project Balloon Release and much more that help to make our learning fun.
Mrs White, Mrs O’Keeffe and Mrs Kelly