Ampleforth Community Nursery
This short introduction will give you some information about our Nursery. We hope to give answers to questions which you may ask, but if not we are always available to talk to.
Who are we?
Ampleforth Community Nursery is a state maintained Nursery, which is part of St Hilda’s CE (VC) Primary School. The Nursery offers free Early Years education for up to 13 children. It is open to all children in the local community.
Where and when?
The Nursery is situated in a customised classroom with an adjoining outdoor area of learning. Nursery sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00 midday, Monday to Friday during school term times. We also offer a lunch club for our Nursery children from 12:00-1.00pm where children join the main school for a healthy lunch and enjoy a playtime in either in the Class 1 or Nursery outdoor space.
How do I register my child?
Children can begin Nursery at the start of the term after their third birthday, if a place is available. Parents need to contact the school office to register for a place.
Who will be working with my child?
Mrs Rose Wood and Miss Amy Kirk are our Nursery teachers, who are qualified to teach children in the 3-11 age range. They are assisted in Nursery by Mrs Lynn Lealman.
What does the Nursery teacher do?
The Nursery teacher observes and monitors the children’s play and progress and plans activities to meet their needs, following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Children will be helped to become independent learners, with the Nursery teacher listening to their thoughts and ideas, supporting play and encouraging them to develop their thinking.
What will my child do at Nursery?
As your child starts Nursery they are within the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is the stage of education from birth - 5 years with early learning goals which set out what most children are expected to know, understand and be able to do by the time they are 5 years old.
What do the early learning goals mean for my child?
The goals cover the six main areas of young children’s development and learning:
How will my child learn?
At Nursery your child will have the opportunity to learn through play, enjoying a variety of activities. They will have fun exploring sand and water, making pictures and models, building, enjoying books and dressing up. They will use the computer, play with dough and learn about mark making, numbers and shapes.
Time will also be spent outdoors so please ensure your child brings outdoor clothing, wears suitable shoes and is protected from the sun in summer when necessary. (We suggest sun block is applied before Nursery and shoulders are covered with clothing and a hat is worn.)
What role do the parents have?
As parents you are your child’s first teacher. Your role is very important. When parents and the school work in partnership the child benefits. Your observations about your child will be valued. Each child has a “learning journey” portfolio which parents contribute to. You will be informed about the themes we are exploring in Nursery, so if you can talk to your child about what is going on in Nursery that would be very beneficial. You may be asked to support the learning by, for example, sending in a photo of your child as a baby or to recycle boxes at Nursery for modelling activities.
Also if you can encourage your child to become independent with going to the toilet and putting on coats, this would be appreciated.
What if my child is ill?
If your child is ill and they need to be at home, please could you inform school what is the matter and how long your child needs to be absent. If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea they need to stay away from Nursery for 48 hours after the last bout.
Will my child need to bring anything to Nursery?
Milk and a healthy snack are provided, so please do not send sweets, crisps etc. It is important that you let us know if your child is allergic to milk or any foods. Children should not bring toys as they may get lost or broken. (If your child wants to bring a much loved teddy to help them settle in, that will be alright.)
Children should wear comfortable and practical clothing. They should be able to undo their clothing in order to go to the toilet themselves. School sweatshirts are available from the school office.
Aprons are provided for all messy activities. However, despite aprons, glue and paint may get on clothes but usually washes out if soaked in cold water first. A change of clothes in case of mishaps would be appreciated. (Children often get wet exploring the water tray!)
Who can bring and/or collect my child from Nursery?
Children must be brought to Nursery by their parent or another adult known to them. If another adult is collecting your child, it is vital you let us know.
Will my child take part in whole school activities?
Yes. The Nursery children may take part in special assemblies such as at Christmas, Easter or Harvest. They may share in activities when we have visitors in school. They may also use the school library and computer suite. These activities will be helpful in building their confidence ready for school.
What if I have any concerns about my child?
If you have any concerns about your child, if there is anything you want clarified or any information you think we need to know, do speak to the teacher. The best time is usually at the end of Nursery. There will be parent consultations during the school year as well.
If the Nursery teacher feels that your child needs any extra help, we have available to us a range of professionals. After discussion with you, we may ask for support from the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator). We can also contact the speech therapist, educational psychologist and early years advisory teacher.
Register with Nursery
The sooner that you register your child's details with us the better. You are not bound by anything with us until you sign a Parental Agreement which we will ask you to do when your child actually starts with us, and this agreement will form the basis of the funding that we will claim from North Yorkshire County Council on your behalf.