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Starting at Nursery

Each year we hold an Open Day so that children and parents/carers have the opportunity to come and see what our Nursery is all about.   We also organise an Induction Session in June to give the children an opportunity to meet the staff and their fellow classmates before the start of the new session.

In August, children new to Nursery are 'stagger-started' over several days to ease the settling in process.   Parents/carers are welcome to stay with a child until he/she is settled, or may leave a child for shorter periods initially to get him/her used to Nursery gradually.   Staff are happy to advise on settling-in strategies for each child as appropriate.

What to wear


Painting, gluing, cooking, gardening and wet play all feature at Nursery, so no best clothes, please, except at party time!alt

For hygiene reasons we require that all children keep soft indoor shoes (labelled, please) at the Nursery, which they change into on arrival.

Each child will have his/her own named peg with shoe storage underneath.

Staff are very grateful when children are helped to recognise their own shoes and coats before they start at Nursery!    

What to bring (or not!)


We ask parents to discourage children from bringing items from home as children can become upset if their toys get lost.  

altThe exception is on Show and Tell Day.  This is an opportunity for each child to bring in to Nursery something that is particulary interesting and meaningful for him/her and which they would like to talk about and show to the rest of the class - and has some relevance to the current curricular theme.

Snack and contributions


Nursery places are free.  We do, however, ask for a weekly contribution of £2 to fund a healthy daily snack with milk or water.  You can pay once a term or in smaller blocks if preferred.

Snacks are provided by the Nursery and support our Health & Wellbeing initiative.  Often, our own home baking features on the menu! 

We do not use nuts at Nursery and would ask parents not to bring them into the building.