Welcome to Nursery! School Address & Contact Information can be found here. Check our FaceBook account here. Our Early Years Team! Nursery Teacher: Miss A Barron Reception Teacher: Mrs L Maycock Reception Teacher: Mrs C Jenkinson Nursery Teaching Assistant AM & PM: Mrs M Bell Reception Teaching Assistant: Mrs L Jackson Nursery/Reception Teaching Assistant: Mrs M Stewart Welcome Thank you for choosing Junction Farm Nursery as your child’s introduction to school life. We hope that this will be the start of a happy and successful journey for your child. Organisation of the Nursery Our Nursery is part of an early year’s unit at Junction Farm School. This consists of one nursery classroom and two Reception classrooms. There are also three shared areas; an outdoor area, a canopy area and a quiet room. Nursery caters for 65 children in total; 39 in the morning session 26 in the afternoon Your child will be offered either a morning or an afternoon place and be given a date to start that will be sometime after their third birthday. Children stay in nursery for different lengths of time, depending on when their birthday is. Some children will have as long as 6 terms in Nursery. The September before they turn five is when they will start Reception. Please note that your child will not automatically be given a place at our school; you will need to apply prior to them starting school. Induction Day Your child’s first day at nursery is their induction day. You are invited to stay with them if you wish to as an opportunity for you to see how your child handles the setting and other children, and to observe the process of our typical nursery day. On your child’s first day, you are welcome to wait outside the nursery door until a member of staff opens it. If, however, you are unsure where to go, please enter via the main reception area and you will be shown to the nursery. Start & Finish Time We have flexible start and finish times to our sessions in order to help children arrive and leave in a relaxed manner. Morning Session Time Welcoming time 8:40 Going Home time 11:40 Afternoon Session Time Welcoming time 12:20 Going Home time 3:20 Please note – at collection time, we open the doors ten minutes before the end of the session to prevent any congestion on the playground. Safeguarding You will be asked to provide us with a list of people who are authorised to collect your child from nursery. Please note, that if a person is not named on the list, we will not be able to send your child home with them. We ask that you sign your child in at the beginning of every session and make a note of who will be collecting them that day. This is useful for us so that we know who to expect at the door each day. The person collecting your child will also be asked to sign them out. Parents and Carers should be aware that the school has a duty to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. In cases where school staff have cause to be concerned that a pupil may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other form of abuse, staff will follow the Child Protection procedures and inform the Social Services of their concern. This may involve a visit to the home by a Social Worker. Our Child Protection policy is available for scrutiny here. Provision Areas Our Nursery is organised into provision areas to encourage the children to develop many different skills. The children are encouraged to explore the areas independently during child initiated play. We offer the following areas to create a stimulating environment for them to use: Reading Area The book area allows children to explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. We also have a puppet theatre and props for the children to re-tell their favourite stories Interactive Whiteboard and IPads We have 2 IPads an interactive whiteboard in the Nursery to encourage children to develop basic computing skills. The computer programmes we use are fun, colourful and interactive. We also use the internet with the children to find out information about our topics. Junction Farm follows strict e-safety procedures to keep our children safe. Construction Area The construction area has a varied selection of building materials for the children to explore with. We also have large building materials that are used during outdoor play which support the development of both the children’s gross motor and balancing skills. The Creative Area Our creative area includes paints, glue, craft materials, glitter, boxes and much more! The children are encouraged to mix colours, explore materials and develop their use of tools such as scissors and glue spreaders. We always welcome donations of boxes, tubs, bottle lids and other craft materials. Please note that we cannot accept any food boxes that may contain traces of nuts. Dressing Up Area Our dressing up area changes regularly to match our current topic. We provide costumes, hats, accessories, props, and masks, to encourage the children to develop their role play and storytelling skills. We encourage our children to talk about their favourite characters from familiar stories. Fine Motor Skills Area The development of fine motor skills is important in young children and allows to build up the muscles that they will eventually use to write. We provide many stimulating activities such as threading, peg boards and cutting to support them with this development. Mark Making Area We encourage mark making in all areas of the nursery. We do however, have a specific area that has been designed to promote this. Our area is stocked with writing tools, handwriting patterns, pencil control sheets and whiteboards. There are letters available for the children to use, and a copy of each child’s name. These early mark making skills are the first stages in the progression of writing. Maths Area Our maths area includes games and activities that have been designed to develop counting, number recognition, shape recognition and differentiation of length, height and size. Music Area Music is an enjoyable activity that we engage the children in daily. We sing rhymes and songs, explore instruments and dance and create actions to different rhythms. The children are encouraged to create their own songs as well as sing and perform traditional ones. Outdoor Area The outdoor area is equipped with resources to give the children the opportunity to practise gross motor skills such as climbing, cycling, throwing, catching and building. The children are encouraged to share and take turns as well as work cooperatively together. Playdough Area Play dough is made with the children weekly, allowing them to follow instructions and measure out ingredients. Once the play dough is made, the children can use their hands and tools to roll, pinch, squash, and mould their dough. Role Play Area Our main role play area is a home corner that is equipped with items that most children will be familiar with. This is to give them a comforting surrounding away from home. We find that the home corner is always a popular choice. We do however have smaller role play areas which we change according to our topics. Sand Area The sand area allows children to develop a range of skills. They can use their maths skills to fill and empty containers as well as use fingers and tools to make marks. The children work with dry and wet sand to enhance their learning. Snack Area The children have a formal snack time where they sit down together to eat their fruit or veg. There is however, water and milk available all day so they can help themselves. This encourages children to be independent by pouring their own drinks. Investigation Area Our topic based investigation area supports children with their development of understanding of the world. We encourage them to ask questions and explain their own knowledge and thoughts. The area is stocked with a range of tools such as tweezers, magnifying glasses and pots for the children to display their findings. Water Areas Our water areas aim to support children in using mathematical language and knowledge. They are encouraged to pour, fill and empty various sized containers and tubs. PE The children will take part in a weekly PE session which will take part in the school hall or the outdoor area. The children will be taught various skills which promote the development of their gross motor movements. Activities Each term a different topic is covered and activities are planned to support those topics. During each session the children are encouraged to work independently and with an adult. The children take part in phonics and maths tasks daily, alongside other topic based tasks. We also have a story each day to encourage a lifelong love of books. Children will be offered a snack (fruit or veg) and a drink (milk or water) each session. We also occasionally have other food when we bake or have food tasting activities. We ask that you inform a member of staff of any allergies your child suffers from or any food that your child is not to eat prior to them starting nursery. Your child will also receive their own personal ‘Proud Cloud’ book. This works as a home/school communication book allowing you as parents/guardians to be able to feed into your child’s progress throughout the year. You will receive tailored targets each term for your child to work on at home. We also promote this book to be used as a way of celebrating the achievements your child makes outside of school. Toileting We appreciate that some children may not be fully toilet trained by the time they start nursery but this would be our preferred choice as if staff are busy changing nappies etc this is taking them away from their main purpose which is teaching and learning. We will work alongside you to support this. You are encouraged to work with your child to make them as independent as possible. We ask that you provide your child with spare clothes and wipes. Obviously some children have medical reasons for not being toilet trained and this is fully understood. Even children who are mostly independent with their self-care can have accidents at nursery; especially when they are engrossed in an activity. We ask that you complete a form to give us permission to change them, should they need it. Trips and Outings In Nursery, we aim to have at least one trip a year as part of our topic work. Recent trips include Hardwick country park Gruffalo trail, Wynyard Hall and Newham Grange Farm. We also occasionally take the children out to the local shops and library. Please note that to accompany us on a trip you must have a Stockton based DBS. Finding out what is going on in Nursery Your child will be given a marvellous me code when they have started Nursery. Information about what the children have been doing will be sent out weekly via the app. There is also copies of the long term and medium term planning on the school website. A weekly school newsletter is also sent out and you are encouraged to sign up to our online parent mail. Each child will have a named coat peg and a named pigeon hole. Letters, pictures and other documents may be placed in your child’s pigeon hole so it is advised that you check it regularly. Your child’s learning journey will also be stored in their pigeon hole for you to look at regularly. Please note these books cannot be taken home as they are evidence of your child’s learning. Please note that 2 children share each pigeon hole so you will need to check for names. Thank you. What to wear: Although we do not have a set dress code for nursery, we do have some suggestions: Please provide your child with suitable outdoor wear (coats etc for the winter and sunhats etc for the summer) Please do not bring your child to nursery in open toed sandals as we have many vehicles that we use during outdoor play. Please do not bring your child to nursey in the very best clothes as they will get messy A school uniform is acceptable but not compulsory. This is down to personal choice. In line with school policy we ask that hair styles are sensible, no dyed hair or art work cut into the style in forms of lines or squiggles. Long hair must be tied back. We discourage the wearing of jewellery, if children wear earrings then only small studs are allowed. Keeping the Peace: The aim of our nursery is to for every child to be happy and successful. We do however, have one or two rules to keep a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Please do not bring sweets or snacks into nursery. Cakes for birthdays or treats from holidays are NOT allowed I am afraid due to a large number of children suffering from serious allergies. Please do not bring toys into nursery. There are plenty of toys already here and things can easily get lost or broken. Please provide your own wet wipes, pull ups and spare clothes. We do have spares for emergencies but we ask that you please return any clohtes that have been borrowed from us. Thank you! We hope your child has an enjoyable experience here at Junction Farm.