Welcome to the Nursery

Nursery sessions:

NURSERY Term dates 18 to 19

NURSERY Term dates 19 to 20

We offer full day sessions from 8:50 am until 2:50 pm.

We offer 30 hour provision (Monday-Friday) for parents and carers that are eligible.

We also offer 15 hour provision. These sessions are either:

Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays or alternate Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday.

Your child will need a packed lunch.

Please note that we do not split our funding with other childcare providers. 

Please could you spend a little time demonstrating to your child how to put on their coat and zip it up. Thank you.

Term 4- Wild Animals

Click here to see an overview of Term 4. term 4 new medium

Suggestions for you to do at home

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Encourage your child to discuss how they are feeling. Discuss different emotions (happy, sad, scared, angry etc) and discuss reasons for those emotions.
  • Play games that require turn taking- football, bowling, simple board games etc.
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for their own environment e.g. tidying toys away, throwing rubbish away etc.
  • Encourage your child to dress independently.

Communication and Language and Literacy

  • Compare environmental print with the letters of their own name (e.g. look at car number plates, street signs, lorry signs etc).
  • Make up rhymes using your child’s name (e.g. Rosie posy nice and cosy).
  • Encourage your child to mark make- writing letters, shopping lists, writing in greetings card etc.
  • Sharing books based on animals- Goldilocks and the 3 bears, The Three Little Pigs, We’re going on a bear hunt, Dear Zoo and Handa’s Surprise.
  • Talk about memorable journeys and visits, modelling and extending their language.

Mathematical Language

  • Look at numbers around us- on vehicles, tickets, calendars, clocks, houses.
  • Count steps as you are walking.
  • Count vehicles whilst you are travelling.
  • Take one away, add one more, use language ‘more’ and ‘less’.
  • Explore 2D and 3D shapes- look at food packaging, shapes of wheels, street signs, cushions etc.

Understanding of the World

  • Talk about how we care for animals, what they need, differences between animals.
  • Talk about movement in the environment (e.g. read the story and explore the sounds in ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’).
  • Construct using junk (boxes, food packaging etc) and talk about different joining techniques.

Creative Development

  • Sing simple songs- continue to sing nursery rhymes.
  • Encourage your child to move in different ways to music.
  • Look at patterns in the environment.

Physical Development

  • Encourage your child to travel in different ways (running, jumping, hopping etc), showing an awareness of space.
  • Discuss moving at various speeds.
  • Talk about using tool and materials safely e.g. scissors.


Rhymes to practise

5 little monkeys jumping on the bed

5 little monkeys jumping on the bed,

1 fell off and bumped his head,

Mummy phoned the doctor,

And the doctor said

‘No more monkeys jumping on the bed!’


Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1


In a cottage in a wood

In a cottage, in a wood,

A little old man at the window stood,

Saw a rabbit running by,

Knocking at the door,

‘Help me! Help me! Help me!’ it cried,

‘Before the Huntsman shoots me down’,

‘Come little rabbit, come with me,

Happy we shall be.’


When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,

Oh what did her blue eyes see?

A bowl that was big, a bowl that was small, a bowl that was tiny and that’s not all.

She counted them 1,2,3.


When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,

Oh what did her blue eyes see?

A chair that was big, a chair that was small, a chair that was tiny and that’s not all.

She counted them 1,2,3.


When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,

Oh what did her blue eyes see?

A bed that was big, a bed that was small, a bed that was tiny and that’s not all.

She counted them 1,2,3.


When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,

Oh what did her blue eyes see?

A bear that was big, a bear that was small, a bear that was tiny and that’s not all.

They growled at her ‘growl’, ‘growl, ‘growl’.


Using Tapestry – this is the online Learning journal we use to assess the children

Where do I start?

Go to https://eylj.org on your computer, or if you have an iPhone or iPad, visit the iTunes store and download the Tapestry app from the Education section (search for Tapestry Mobile).  Login using your email address and the password we give you.  We strongly recommend that you change your password on your first visit.

Changing your settings

On the computer:

    • At the top right of your screen you will see your name, and selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’.  Choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address, pin and password.
    • You also have the option to receive an email whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journal – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting.

On iPhone/iPad:

  • To change your settings on the iPhone/iPad app, click the ‘cog’ button on the bottom right hand side of the application.  This enables you to change password, pin and/or email address.

Viewing my child’s Learning Journey

Once logged in, you will see your child’s observations on your home screen in a list – selecting any one of these will open up the observation for you to look at.  You may add comments in the box at the bottom of the observation if you would like to – and we would love to receive such comments!

Adding an entry to my child’s Learning Journey

Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the ‘plus’ icon on your iPhone/iPad) and add the relevant information in the boxes on screen.  Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option.  When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing ‘home’.