Orchards Nursery

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Hello and welcome to the Orchards Nursery…

At The Orchards we believe that Foundation Stage learning is the basis upon which children build the rest of their education. The development of a curriculum that is broad, balanced, structured and challenging with an emphasis on talking and learning through play will result in children developing the necessary social and language skills, securing knowledge and understanding for successful future learning.

We believe that language is the key to successful early learning for our children and the Foundation Stage curriculum is structured and focused around language and learning through first hand experiences.

Our Values and Ethos

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Growing

  • We provide a stable and supportive environment in which everyone feels safe & valued
  • We encourage everyone to choose a healthy lifestyle
  • We enable everyone to develop confidence, self-worth and mutual respect

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Sharing

  • We listen carefully, learn from each other and encourage partnership with families and the wider community
  • We welcome opportunities to learn and share good practice through collaboration
  • We support each other and openly celebrate our achievements

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Learning

  • We challenge everyone to achieve through inspirational high quality teaching and personalised learning
  • We provide a rich, motivating, well-resourced environment that reflects the diverse and ever-changing world we live in
  • We are committed to opening windows of opportunity and developing a community of lifelong learners

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Laughing

  • We are friendly and welcoming to everyone
  • We foster self belief, enthusiasm for learning and a love of life
  • We are a happy community committed to enjoying and making the most of every day

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What to wear: 

children wear the school uniform of red jumpers and cardigans, red or white t-shirts and grey skirts and pants. We encourage the children to wear uniform because:

  • These clothes are easily managed (especially when going to the toilet etc).
  • We spend a lot of our time doing outdoor play, so clothing needs to be warm and practical.
  • Some of our most enjoyable activities are very messy and we don’t want children worrying about their best clothes.
  • The children look very smart and enjoy being part of the school.
  • We do wear aprons for painting, water and creative activities but accidents do happen.

If children have accidents and need a change of clothes, we have a small stock of spare clothes. We will change children and send home their wet clothes. We ask that parents wash and return the clothes as soon as possible. We want the children to feel dry and comfortable at all times.

What to bring:

We go out to play every day so children will need a waterproof coat with them at all times. It really helps if children wear shoes that are easy to get on and off (e.g. with Velcro fastening)

  • On sunny days, please send your child with a named sun hat and ensure that they have sun cream on.
  • For safety reasons we ask children not to wear jewellery.
  • Please avoid sending your child with anything that may be lost or damaged.

Please remember all clothing and footwear must be clearly named.

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Home-School Links:

We hope to build a close relationship with you, the parents and carers, in order to bring out the best in your child.

We openly welcome contact with parents and there will be many ways in which you can become involved:

  • Parents are always welcome to come in to chat to their child’s Key Person about how they are getting on or to discuss any concerns they may have.
  • Parents will be invited to termly meetings to discuss their child’s progress, next steps in learning and look through their Learning Journey.
  • We have a Home-School notice board letting you know what we will be learning about each week and what the children have had for snack.
  • Each week we present one of the children with the ‘Treasure of the Week’ award. They will get a certificate, a prize from the treasure box and a badge to wear.

 

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Inform staff when:

  • A different adult is collecting your child. All adults who collect children need to be on the list signed by parents. (We shall not allow any child to leave with an adult with whom we are not familiar and are not on the signed list.)
  • If you change your address or telephone number.
  • Your child is absent. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home to prevent infection spreading.
  • Please telephone school on the first morning they are off to let us know your child won’t be attending.

Birthday’s:

We know that having a birthday is a special time for children and we enjoy celebrating with them. If you like you can send a cake into school and we will add candles and sing to your child.

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Safeguarding:

As part of our duty of care we ask that:

  • Parents do not go into the bathroom for the privacy and protection of all children. Children access the bathroom independently during the session and staff are always available to support children.
  • Parents receive a letter and must sign our accident book when their child has an accident in school. Staff are First Aid trained and highly skilled at reassuring little people.

Snack & School dinners:

  • We provide each child with a healthy snack, piece of fruit and drink of milk or water.
  • Water is available for the children throughout the session.
  • The children will have a school dinner and sit with their friends in the school hall. The Lunch time supervisors will support the children choosing their dinner and outdoors in the garden.

Please let us know if there is any food that your child is allergic to, if they are vegetarian or for religious reasons.

 

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The children in 2’s are in a small group of 8 children. Mrs Aldred is the Lead Practitioner working with Mrs Broom. The children are split in to 2 Key Person groups, one group with Mrs Aldred and one group with Mrs Broom.

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2 Year Old Provision sessions:

We have morning group and afternoon group.

  • Morning 2’s group – doors open and starts at 9.15 and 11.45
  • Afternoon 2’s group – doors open and starts at 12.30 until 3.00

If you arrive after these times, please report to school Reception desk. If you are delayed at the end of a session, please telephone to let us know then we can reassure your child. We ask that at the start of each session parents keep the children away from the toys and resources. Your child should be encouraged to wash and dry their own hands and put their coat on and take it off.

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Transition from home to 2’s Group:

The children will start the term after their 2nd birthday, when a place is available.

  • The first visit will be for an hour only and we request that parents stay with their child and support them in exploring the setting. Parents will have time to complete all contact forms and sign all papers as well as ask any questions.
  • The second session the children will be left for an hour with their Key Person.
  • The third session the children will stay for an hour and a half or the full session.

During the first two weeks of starting 2 Group parents will be asked to complete ‘Chat wheels’ with their child’s Key Person. This helps with sharing important information to make transition smooth and help staff meet children’s individual needs.

 

Starting 2’s Group can be an unsettling time for young children – and their parents! Some children may be upset when they’re left for the first time. Please try not to worry – they will be in safe, caring and capable hands. Do feel free to phone during the session so that we can reassure you. For more information please take a look through our Welcoming Booklet.

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We hope that your child’s time in 2’s Group will be the start of a long and happy relationship with The Orchards Federation.

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The children in Nursery are organised into Key Person groups. The groups have colour and shape labels and a designated group time area in the Nursery. At the start of sessions children will self-register with their Key Person.

The Key Person groups are

  • Red triangles
  • Blue circles
  • Green squares
  • Yellow hexagons
  • Orange rectangles

 

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Nursery Sessions:

We have morning Nursery class and afternoon Nursery class.

Morning Nursery starts at 8.50 until 11.50 – doors open at 8.45 and 11.45

Afternoon Nursery starts at 12.20 until 3.20 – doors open at 12.15 and 3.15

If you arrive after these times, please report to school Reception desk. If you are delayed at the end of a session, please telephone to let us know then we can reassure your child. We ask that at the start of each session parents keep the children away from the toys and resources.They have been organised for learning during the session. Before starting Nursery your child should be encouraged to, go to the toilet independently, wash and dry their own hands and put their coat on and take it off.

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Transition from home to Nursery:

The children will have staggered starting dates in September so that there aren’t too many new children starting at any one time.

 

  • The first visit will be for an hour only and we request that parents stay with their child and support them in exploring the Nursery. Parents will have time to complete all contact forms and sign all papers as well as ask any questions.
  • The second session the children will be left for an hour with their Key Person.
  • The third session the children will stay for an hour and a half or the full session.

 

 

During the first two weeks of starting Nursery parents will be asked to complete ‘Chat wheels’ with their child’s Key Person.This helps with sharing important information to make transition smooth and help staff meet children’s individual needs.

Starting Nursery can be an unsettling time for young children – and their parents! Some children may be upset when they’re left for the first time. Please try not to worry – they will be in safe, caring and capable hands. Do feel free to phone Nursery during the session so that we can reassure you. For more information please take a look through our Welcoming Booklet.

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Curriculum

 

2 Year Old Provision

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Nursery

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Pupil Premium

 

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School Policies

School E-Safety Policy

Math’s Policy

EYFS Calculation Policy

Anti Bullying Policy

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Safeguarding

Security Policy

Safeguarding Child Protection Policy

Physical Intervention Policy

First Aid Policy

Intimate Care Policy

Hydrotherapy Policy Guidance

Health and Safety Policy 

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Parents

School Complaints Policy

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Staff Policies

Whistleblowing Policy

Safeguarding Disclosure and Barring Policy

Charging Policy

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Friday 24th November

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Our theme this term is ‘People who help us’

 

This week we have enjoyed learning about all the

people who help us when we are poorly.

We have shared our stories about visiting the Doctors and how brave we have all been

having injections.

We had fun being paramedics and responding to emergencies. Putting on bandages can

be very tricky!

Next week we will be thinking about all the people who help us around Nursery. We will be

visiting the school office, talking to the caretaker and thinking about all the things teachers do.

We will be getting ready to celebrate Christmas by putting up the Christmas tree and decorations.

On Friday 2nd December we are having an ‘own clothes day’. We would like

donations of chocolates, bottles or

teddies for our school Christmas Fair

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