Rainbow Nursery 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Rainbow Nursery
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In Rainbow Nursery we take children from the age of 3 years old. We are a teacher-led nursery with fully qualified staff who have years of experience in teaching 3-5year olds. Parents put their children in our care feeling that they will be comfortable, happy, confident and relaxed, knowing that they are in a secure, loving and exciting learning environment. We are part of a popular community primary school and our Nursery children get to know the staff and are an important part of whole school life. When they are ready to start Reception, they find the transition to 'big school' much easier having built good friendships along the way. We provide the opportunities for each child to fulfil their potential by developing self-confidence, so that they are happy with themselves and with each other and by giving them a wealth of new experiences.
What and how do our children learn?
Our children learn through a wide range of play opportunities as well as directed activities and games with adults that enable them to be the best that they can be. The children share ideas about what they would like to do and learn about, and we make sure this is included in their day to day experiences. Scroll down to the bottom to see some of this week's activities.
We follow the 'Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum' which includes 7 areas of learning and you can read more details about it here: EYFS Parents Guide
Between the ages of 3-4 years our main focus for our learners development is :
Communication and Language (Listening, understanding & speaking.)
Personal, Social & Emotional (Self-confidence, managing feelings and behaviour & making relationships)
Physical – (Moving, health, fine motor skills/self-care)
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 further develop their skills in 4 'Specific areas'. These are:
• Literacy (Reading - enjoying stories and rhymes and writing - learning to mark make)
• Mathematics (Learning about numbers and understanding their value, exploring shapes and measures)
• Understanding the world ( Learning about people and how we are similar and different, learning about nature and the world around us)
• Expressive arts and design (creative activities, art, drawing, making, dancing, music and pretend play)
The 7 areas are used to plan the learning for our Nursery children. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring. Being active, being creative and critical thinking takes place both indoors and outside. Teachers plan from the children’s interests whilst ensuring a full coverage of the above areas of learning. The opportunites we provide are very visual and practical, and so are very supportive to children developing their communication and language skills as well as to our children who speak English as an additional language.
Our children love to learn and it shows in everything that they do. Our curriculum is made up of small group adult led learning alongside engaging experiences that promote independent learning. In Nursery we begin learning about phonics using 'Letters and Sounds'. We make sure they have experienced a wide range of opportunities to develop vital pre-reading and sound descrimination skills through games and play activities ready to join Reception and continue their reading journey.
Rainbow nursery provides the opportunities for each child to fulfil their potential by developing self-confidence, so that they are happy with themselves and with each other, and by giving them care, love and a world of new experiences. We focus on supporting our children to develop a 'growth mindset' which ensures that they can develop the skills to overcome any obstacles.
One of the key things that we learn about and celebrate is the diversity of our community and the different cultures and religions of our families. We especially focus on helping our children to understand that we are all different but all very special and unique. We encourage our children to share their home experiences and celebrations and to show respect to differences between ourselves and our families. The Christian family at Chester Blue Coat welcomes and values all.
If you want to find out about session times and a typical day in nursery please click on 'Session times and our nursery day' at the top of this page.
We work in partnership with our families
We recognise parents are every child's first and most important teachers, so when children join us we talk to families to find out all about their little one's needs, likes, dislikes and celebrate the things they have learnt so far. Once settled with us, we share what each child has been doing in the following ways:
- Regularly talking to parents informally at the end of a session to share great learning.
- Inviting families to attend ‘Stay and Play’ sessions so they can come in and join in with activities, see what we are learning and how they may support at home.
- At the end of every term we send home a selection of photographs and observations so they have a record of their child’s learning and can celebrate with their little one the fun things they have been doing with their nursery friends.
- Sharing photographs of nursery activities and learning on our school twitter page - @ChesterBlueCoat #CBCNursery
- Talking to families if we have any worries about a little one's learning or behaviour so we can support them in the best way possible.
- Regular communication through our ‘School Spider’ app to share school newsletters, special events, information and to celebrate great things your little one has done if we weren't able to talk to you in person.
To find out more about what we do in Nursery and Reception at Chester Blue Coat school please look at the following booklet by clicking the image below. It will give you information about what your little one will be experiencing in school and our role in supporting your child's development.
Be Ready, Be Safe and Be Kind
Our school has three simple rules: ‘Be Ready, Be Safe and Be Kind, generated through discussions with staff, pupils and parents and which are applicable to a wide variety of situations. These rules are explicitly taught and modelled by all members of our school community and that learning begins in our Nursery. By following these three rules we ensure all our children feel happy, safe and secure and are ready to have lots of fun learning.
What to do if you would like your child to join us in Rainbow nursery:
To apply for a place please contact the school office during term time on Tel: 01244 455275 or Email: email@example.com
We will do all we can to accomodate your session requirements. All children joining us will have an initial short visit, followed by morning or afternoon sessions as chosen by you. A gradual transition gives young children the best possible start so they feel happy and secure saying good bye at the door and coming in ready to join in the fun.
Families joining our school are entitled to 15 hours free care in our Nursery. You may choose 5 morning sessions, or 5 afternoon sessions or (once children are settled) you may choose 2 and a half days - it all depends on spaces available, how you feel your little one will cope, and your preferences. You may wish to have your child with us for longer periods. If you would like to apply for 30 hours free childcare funding follow this link to find out if you are eligible and what to do :https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare
This week in Rainbow nursery we will be:
• learning about growing and changing by sharing ‘The growing story’. It’s a lovely book to help children to think about how we are growing and developing alongside plants and creatures at this time of year. We will be talking about healthy things to do to help us grow including eating those vegetables! You can enjoy the story here: The Growing Story
- developing our maths vocabulary thinking about who is taller and shorter. We will be building towers as tall as ourselves and our friends and we will talk about how everyone is different and that is what makes us all special.
• building a factory in our water space outside. Water trays, buckets, pipes, pots, pans drainpipes are all waiting to be connected and investigated and help us to make our brains grow and have lots of fun.
• den-making - can we build a house to share and chat/play/relax in with our friends.
• writing secret messages to each other. We will be using symbols and letters to tell a friend something kind so our children learn the purpose behind mark making.
We will have lots of other play opportunities as well and are looking forward to a great week! Look out for our posts on Twitter @ChesterBlueCoat or search #CBCNursery
We will also be having brand new children and their families visiting for a play date after school on Thursday. We look forward to them starting nursery over the next couple of weeks 😊.
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