Welcome to Nursery
All of the Nursery Staff look forward to working with you and your child.
We appreciate that choosing a Nursery is a big decision and we are very honoured that you chose us.
My name is Sarah Wigham and I oversee your child’s time in Nursery and Reception. Due to the difficult situation we all find ourselves in this year we are unable to invite you for a welcome meeting that we would normally host. At the meeting I explain how our Nursery works, introduce the staff that will be working with your child and answer any questions you may have.
Whilst I am unable to host the meeting I endeavour to give you the same information through this blog. There are also videos that you may want to watch with your child so that they know what Nursery looks like, some of the routines they will follow and of course meet the staff. You will also shortly be receiving a pack of information by post, which you would have normally received at the meeting.
How Nursery Runs
There are two classes,
All day Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday
We can take up to 26 children in each class. This year however we have been able to offer 30 hours to children who are entitled to this.
The class teacher for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning is Mrs Bosomworth
The class teacher for Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday is Mrs Wigham
If your child has been offered 30 hours your child will be taught by both Mrs Bosomworth and myself. Each child will have a key worker. This is the person who will know your child inside out and the one you should share any relevant information, concerns or achievements. We are always keen to hear about exciting things that happen at home.
Miss Weaving Mr Coates Mrs Hamilton
Monday-Wednesday Monday-Friday Wednesday -Friday
Meet the Staff
Staff for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Staff for Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday
Full days run from 8.45am until 3.15pm
Children will have lunch at 11.30am until 12.30pm
Wednesday’s half day is either
Wednesday morning 8.45am-11.30am
Wednesday afternoon 12.30pm – 3.15pm
Under normal circumstances these are the settling arrangements we follow.
Each child is allocated to a small group to start with. This allows the staff to get to know your child as well as your child to get to know us and their new surroundings.
Week 1 Children attend for a short session of just over one hour in a small group, building up to 3 hours
Week 2 Children attend for 3 hour sessions as a big group
Week 3 Children attend for mornings and stay for lunch
Week 4 Children will attend their allocated days
There is always flexibility for those children who need more time to settle.
A letter detailing your child’s start date and the times they will attend over the first 3 weeks will be in your pack of information. If these dates and times need to be adjusted due to the ongoing changes relating to government guidelines we will inform you.
Children have lunch at 11.30am
Children are looked after by Nursery staff.
Children can bring a packed lunch or eat a school dinner.
Dinners cost £1.90. Please pay for lunches through the School Gateway App.
Children choose which dinner they would like each day from a range of three or four options.
Please consider healthy options in lunchboxes.
The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage at school starts in Nursery and finishes at the end of Reception. There are seven areas of the foundation stage curriculum. Each area has “goals” that children should achieve by the end of the Reception year.
The areas of the curriculum include;
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
There is more information on these in your information packs.
What to Wear
School uniform is optional for Nursery. If you wish your child to wear school uniform it can be ordered from Emblematic (there will be a flier in your welcome pack)
Children must wear:-
Clothes that can be taken off in a hurry for getting to the toilet on time (Nursery children get very engrossed in their work and often leave visiting the toilet until the very last second)
Clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit messy!
We work outside every day in both the Nursery garden and the woodland area. Please also ensure your child has:-
A Warm coat
A pair of wellies and a waterproof that they can keep at school
A Water bottle
Please name all items
Each Nursery child has an online learning journey. This is where we record your child’s achievements and progress. You can access your child’s learning journey at home. It is a secure site and you log in using a secure password. You can use Tapestry to share news from home with us. If children have been working as part of a group of 3 the observation and any photographs will be on each of the 3 children’s learning journey unless you specified differently on your photo permission form.
Wrap Around Care
Benton Buttons offers wrap around care from 7.30am-9.00am and after school from 3.00pm-6.00pm. There is more information in your pack but if you have any questions or are interested in using Buttons please contact the office.
Please make sure that all contact numbers are up to date.
Please return any forms which you have already received.
The Gateway App allows parents to give permission for trips, pay for school dinners or make contributions to trips. Please download the App. If you have any difficulties in doing this please speak to the office staff who will be happy to help.
At Benton park we take your child’s safety very seriously. Here are some of the things we do to keep your child safe;
Lock doors and gates
Total adult supervision, children are never left alone
Collection by a known adult ( we will only release your child to someone we have met and know)
Clear child protection procedures
First aiders in the team
No parking on site
Photograph and email permissions sought from parents
You can help keep children safe by:
Being on time.
Give us emergency contact details.
Close doors and gates.
Tell us if your child is to be collected by another adult (which we have met before they collect).
Tell us about any dietary needs, medications or illnesses.
Talk to us about any concerns as soon as you have them.
It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to work with you and your child. We hope that you enjoy your time at Benton Park and that you get involved with the school as a parent, and first educator. I look forward to meeting you and your child very soon. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school.