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Key Documents & Frequently Asked Questions

Key Documents & Frequently Asked Questions

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Nursery Provision at Ryton Federation What does my child learn at Nursery?

The Nursery curriculum is taught through 7 areas of learning; personal social and emotional development, physical development, communication and language, literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

How does my child learn at Nursery?

Children learn through play (independently and alongside adults) in a well-planned and resourced environment which allows them to develop their skills and knowledge. Children will also take part in adult-led tasks, groups and individually, which meet the developmental needs and interests of children.

Where does my child learn at Nursery?

Children have free-flow access to indoors and outdoors for the majority of the day. Please ensure that they are well equipped for all weathers – hats, gloves and waterproof coats in Winter, sun cream and caps in Summer. Wellington boots can be kept in school at all times so children can dig in our mud pit and/or use the mud kitchen.

What will my child eat/drink at Nursery?

Nursery children have access to milk and fruit every day. If your child would like to bring their own water bottle please ensure it is named and no juice should be brought. School meals are £2.35 per day and you can pay for these by Arbor, you will be asked to sign up to Arbor when your child starts. You may wish to provide your child with a packed lunch, please ensure it is a healthy lunch and contains no sweets, nuts, whole grapes or fizzy drinks.

Session Times

Morning: 8.45am-11.45am Afternoon: 12.15pm-3.15pm 30 Hours if over 5 days: 9am -3 pm with an optional top-up of £2.50 per day for 8.45-9.15am Please drop off and collect from the Nursery building.

What do I need to do at home with my child?

Children will bring home a story book to share together and should be returned the first session your child attends every week. Children may have occasional ‘homework’ tasks which are practical, fun and age-appropriate. Please use the yellow Home-School Diary to share important information about your child’s developments or share something exciting you have done at the weekend. Urgent matters should be brought directly to school. What should my child wear at Nursery?

Will they need a PE kit?

Children should be comfortable and in clothes which they can attempt to manage independently E.g. Velcro shoes-no laces where possible, trousers which are easy to pull up/down such as leggings and joggers. No Jewellery is permitted. Children do not need a PE kit and you will be informed when your child needs sportswear in school. Clothing should always be practical and comfortable and easy to manage when going to the toilet. Please do not dress children in expensive clothing, children will get messy in Nursery when painting, cooking, digging so please bear this in mind when dressing them.

What should my child bring to Nursery?

A named water bottle brought daily is helpful and also spare clothing (including underwear and socks, change of outfit/uniform) which can be left on your child’s peg. If your child is in nappies, please provide nappies and a named pack of wipes, we will let you know when we are running low.

I am worried about my child at Nursery.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development or you have any anything you would like to discuss, please come and talk to us or make an appointment to meet with the class teacher.

Settling in, dropping off and picking up

Try not to sneak off if your child comes in settles, make sure you have a quick and happy ‘see you later’. If your child is distressed and you are comfortable to, you may wait out of sight until you know your child has settled as we help to distract and calm them, reassuring them that at home time they will be collected by yourself/carer or family member. If your child was showing no signs of settling, we would call you. We would never let your child be upset for too long and bespoke induction arrangements to suit your child and family can be made. We are unable to let children be collected by anyone under the age of 18 or not on your collection list so please let us know if any alternative arrangements have been made to avoid any delay at home time.

What do I do if my child is poorly, needs medication or is going on holiday?

Please contact the office if your child is poorly and is too unwell to come to school or report the absence on Arbor. Children should stay off school 48 hours after the last time they vomited or had diarrhoea. If your child needs to have medication in school you must fill out a medical form in the office. We need forms for all allergies and/or special dietary requirements. Please inform the office if your child will not be attending school due to holiday commitments. When your child is in Reception you will be asked to request time off school which is only granted in exceptional circumstances. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop and see us or leave a message with the office on 0191 4132776.