A Typical EYFS Day

Nursery- Our Day

If you’re joining us for Busy Bees our morning begins with breakfast in the hall. We can choose between yummy cereal, toast and a drink. When breakfast is over, we go into our classroom to begin our exciting day! We have sand, water, role play, book corner, construction and playdough as well as lots of other exciting things to do.  On Monday we have French with Madame Woodcock and on Thursday we have Baby Ballet with Miss Jayne. Each week we bake, join in science experiments and take part in Doh-Disco. We also have Forest School in the Arden Garden. We are very lucky to have our own playground and outdoor classroom. Whatever the weather, we make sure we spend lots of time, exploring the environment, playing games and using lots of equipment. Throughout the year we offer workshops for parents to come along and be involved in teaching activities so that the strategies taught in school can be continued at home.

 

Reception – Our Day

Our morning begins at 8.45am with name writing and letter formation practice, followed by an interactive English and Maths session. After lunch we participate in lots of practical activities including: scientific investigations, expressive arts and design, knowledge and understanding of the world, religion and PHSEE. We have sand, water, role play, book corner, construction and playdough as well as lots of other exciting things to do. We have specialist teachers who come into school to teach us languages and dance. On Monday we have French with Madame Woodcock and on Thursday we have Baby Ballet with Miss Jayne. Amongst many other exciting activities, we participate in Yoga, mindfulness and Zumba sessions. We also have Forest School, in the Arden Garden. Throughout the year we offer workshops for parents to come along and be involved in teaching activities so that the strategies taught in school can be continued at home.

 

Early Years Staff

Mrs Prince – Early Years Coordinator/Reception Teacher

reception@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk

Mrs. M Pearson – Early Years Practitioner

Mrs. A Horford – Early Years Professional

nursery@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk

 

Key Person

Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS which is working successfully in Nursery and in Reception classes. It involves the key person responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds relationships with the child and parents or carers.

Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, parents and the child. Small groups foster close bonds between the child and the key person in a way that large groups cannot easily do. These groups allow the key person to better ‘tune into’ children’s play and their conversations to really get to know the children in the group well. Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result become more capable learners.

 

What will my child’s key person do?

  • Work hard to develop secure and trusting relationships with you and your child.
  • Warmly welcome you all into our school and work exceptionally hard to settle your child into their new environment.
  • Observe and play with your child to see how they are progressing in their learning and development in the seven areas of the EYFS.
  • Ensure that information on your child’s progress is shared with you and other family members regularly.
  • Provide lots of fun and educational activities that suit your child’s age and stage of development.
  • Provide a secure environment for your child whilst they are away from home.
  • Gain an excellent understanding of the needs, feelings and preferences of your child.
  • Support your child through the different stages of development and to identify what they need to develop even further.
  • To enable our key person role to be as effective as it can be, we have set activity times with our group of key children.  We will also sit together as a group during our snack times.

 

Your child’s key person is your first port of call and she will be available each day to discuss anything with you such as what your child has enjoyed doing throughout the day and their progress.  If your child’s key person is not available, please feel welcome to speak with the other nursery staff member. When your child joins the nursery class you will be given information about who your child’s key person will be. You will also have a meeting with your child’s key person to discuss their individual needs and starting points.