Welcome to Nursery
Please remember to stay behind the red line when dropping off and picking up your child at the Nursery classroom doors. We are doing all we can to keep our Nursery Covid safe for the children and our staff. Thank you for your support.
Nursery Christmas Song
Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions we will be unable to do our traditional Nursery Carol Concert this year. We will instead be performing a Makaton version of 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' which will be available for you to view at home. For those parents who have expressed a wish for their child not to be filmed, I will be sending you an email so that you will have the opportunity to enable your child to be included in the one off short video, if you wish to do so.
We will record the song with the children in small groups, so that you will be able to see your child during the performance. The Video's will be posted via our school's YouTube Channel and classified as unlisted, which means that you will only be able to watch the song if you click on the link via the school's website. You would not be able to search for the video via You Tube.
To reward the Nursery children when they continue to make 'good choices', we place a picture of them on the 'Values Star' board. At the end of each day we choose one girl and one boy who have been showing and demonstrating our Values and also following our 'Golden Rules'. Each child then receives a sticker, a small certificate to take home and a round of applause from their friends. With so many amazing children in the Nursery, it is always a hard choice.
As part of the children’s development in the Nursery, we collect examples of how they are progressing through the Seven Areas of Learning: Language and Communication, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
To support your child’s development and to help the accuracy of our judgements, please try to complete four of these ‘wow’ moments per half term. A ‘wow’ moment would be your child doing something for the first time or showing confidence while taking part in an activity with you. Write a brief description of what your child did on one of the cards, cut it out and bring it into Nursery. We will then stick the ‘wow’ moment into their learning journey and use it to support our understanding of their development.
Click on the document below to print off your 'Wow' notes.
Please remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page for our weekly updates!
Children's Water Bottles
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please remember to collect your child's water bottle at the end of the day. Please clean and refill the bottle for the next day. Water is great brain food!
Nursery Outdoor Learning Gate
Please can you make sure that the gate to our Outdoor Learning Area is closed after you enter and exit the Nursery. We kindly ask that parents do not prop the gate open with any objects. Thank you.
If your child is at home self-isolating, please refer to our notice board for weekly activities that you child can complete and our Instagram page for ideas to support during this period.
During any period of self-isolation for your child you can keep their learning, language and understanding flourishing by:
- Playing games and Puzzles.
- Using a variety of mark making tools to create lines and shapes. These include: Paint brushes and water (great for outdoors), chalk (bigger the better) and large chunky markers. Backing Wall paper is cheap and great to use on the floor as you can roll out any length.
- Practice counting objects to 10. Count steps, jumps and absolutely anything.
- Remember the 'Five Finger Rule' when it comes to developing language. Always comment four times about something before you ask one question. eg; Looking at 5 building blocks; Comment- 'Wow look at all the blocks', Comment-'I can see a red block', Comment- 'We can build a tower with the blocks.' Comment-' I can see two green blocks' Question- 'How many blocks do you have?'
To keep up to date and also send in images of tasks you child has completed please click on the link to join our Nursery Instagram page (coloured blue below).
To join our closed Instagram group, please open or download the Instagram app onto your smartphone and then search for fieldingnursery.
Below you will find weekly links to websites that we have selected to support your child's learning while at home and we will also be posting the stories we are focusing on in Nursery.
Learning this week: 23/11/20
This week we will be continuing our Curriculum Challenge and will be thinking about the following questions.
Number links for counting to 10. Click on the image to play.
Sounding and blending words. A video to watch with your child. Click on the image to play.
Shapes Song. A fun song all about shapes. Click on the picture
Poem of the Week:
We are learning some Christmas Makaton songs. Click on the picture to join in with the signs for 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'
This week we will be learning about the Numbers 5 and 6.
Activities to do at home.
Finding 5 and 6 numbers of objects at home.
Shape Monsters is a fun, interactive 2D shapes game where children need to identify and match circles, rectangles, squares and triangles.
Each Shape Monster only 'eats' shapes which match its own body shape. When a child correctly selects a shape, that Shape Monster audibly reinforces the name of the shape.
PTFA Nursery Notice Board Message:
The PTFA (Parent, Teacher & Friends Association) here at Fielding have their own news channel called ClassList which helps you keep up to date with all parent activities including events and fundraising initiatives. You'll also be able to communicate with other parents with the nursery year group.
If you haven't joined, click https://classlist.page.link/R7zs and follow the instructions. You'll need to select the Nursery for your child. There is a mobile app that you can download too. The app provides weekly PTFA updates on Fielding school along with early bird tickets to events (when they hopefully start up again!). You can change how often you want to be communicated with too.
The first PTFA meeting of the academic year takes place on Monday 21 September and will take place online via Zoom should you wish to hear more about the PTFA activities. The meeting is held at 9.15am and again at 8.30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Links available via ClassList and School News.
If you have any questions, please contact the PTFA on firstname.lastname@example.org Nolan O'Connor is the current chair of the PTFA.
Due to Covid-19 we have put lots of measures in place to increase cleaning of resources and spend more time to increase the frequency of hand washing for the children. Please read our most up-to-date risk assessment which can be found at https;//www.fieldingprimary.com/policies/. If you child has a high temperature, new continuious cough , or loss of taste or smell, you should not send them to Nursery. They should be tested for Covid-19.
Forest School sessions are led by Nursery Teachers and Mrs Watts who is a certified Forest School teacher as well as the class teacher for RF Reception class at Fielding.
You will receive a message via your Laser account on a Friday/Wednesday to let you know if your child is attending Forest School on Monday/Thursday. If you child is due to attend Forest School then please send them to Nursery with wellies or waterproof shoes. They will also need a raincoat/shower jacket as the weather does not stop us. As we move from Autumn to Winter please be aware of the clothing needs of your child/children and please remember to label all hats, gloves and scarves.
For more information about Forest School please click on the link below.
New to Fielding Nursery
Please click on the image to watch a video about our Nursery and see all the staff members in our Nursery Team.
Toileting in Nursery
For some children it can take a little time to settle into a new environment. We also know that the children really enjoy their time at Nursery and may leave it till 'the last minute' before they go to the toilet. Young children will have accidents and as long as we have a change of clothes for them it is not a problem. In time mostly all children recognise the need to go to the toilet and will take themselves. For those children who are having a few accidents a day we will monitor them and encourage them to go to the toilet at pertinent times of day, such as; in the morning, after lunch and after tea. We will also offer reward charts for those children who are not yet getting to the toilet in time. Usually as children's time with us progresses they are able to regulate when to go to the toilet and are able to do this independently.
When children are unwell
In the Nursery we do all that we can to stop any illness affecting not only the children but also members of our team. Daily disinfecting of toilets and floors as well as antibacterial spraying of doors, handles and the use other cleaning agents are used to prevent germs and bugs finding a home in our Nursery.
We would be grateful if when your child vomits or has a dose of diarrhea, please keep them at home for 48 hrs to make sure that the infection has passed. If you bring your child into Nursery when they are ill it may pass to other children or adults. We understand that sometimes it is hard to take time off to look after your child but if they are ill they need to be at home.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
Keeping Children Safe
At Fielding Nursery we take the safety of and safeguarding the children as our top priority. We therefore would like to remind parents that once you have collected and signed your child out of the Nursery, can you please exit the Nursery Outdoor Learning Area as soon as you can. Please do not allow your child/ren to access any of the Nursery equipment once they are in your care. Please remember to close the gates to our Outdoor Learning Area as you enter and leave. Thank you
Nursery Entry and Exit Routes
The entry and exit points for Nursery, outside of normal whole school pick and drop off times (8.30-9.00am and 3.15pm-3.45pm) ,are via the gates in Coombe Road and along the fenced path which leads into Nursery. For safeguarding reasons please do not use any other route to drop off or collect your children. Thank you.
Early pick up during a session
If you wish to pick up your child early during Nursery session times we would be grateful if you could let us know in advance, or phone or email. By letting us know about early session collection, children can be ready and waiting for collected. This will mean that you will not be left waiting outside for too long, especially as Autumn turns to Winter. Also as you know the children have lunch between 11.30 and 12.00 and tea from 3.00 to 3.30pm, so it would be best to collect either before or after these times. Thank you for your help and co-operation during these transition times.
Picking up your child at 1pm
If you are collecting your child from Nursery at 1pm, please note that the main gate will open at 1pm. If you come to the Nursery pick up point before this time your child may get upset as they see you waiting outside. To help things run smoothly we would encourage you to come to the pick up point at 1pm so that we can follow the routines your child is getting used to and therefore this helps the children to enjoy a happy pick up time.
We have a wide range of toys and equipment at our nursery. Unless we specifically request otherwise your child should not bring any of their own toys to nursery. If they do bring toys with them, we accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to those toys.
Helping Your Child To Learn
A day in the life of a Nursery child.
We thought you might like to know what an average day is like for your child. All timings are approximate and will change sometimes according to the needs of the children.
8 am -9.10 am Children arrive in Nursery and wash hands.
9.10am - 9.15am Dough Gym
9.15am -9.30am Carpet Story/ Mathematics
9.40am-11.15am Free flow. Children explore indoors and outdoors and adults support children in their learning and exploring.
11.15-11.30am Children Wash Hands
11.30am-11.50am Children Eat Lunch
11.50am -12.45pm Free flow. Children explore indoors and outdoors and adults support children in their learning and exploring.
12.45-1.00pm AM children go home, full time children story time.
1.00pm-1.10pm PM Children arrive.
1.10pm-1.20pm Dough Gym.
1.20pm -2.45pm Free flow. Children explore indoors and outdoors and adults support children in their learning and exploring.
2.45pm -3.00pm Children Wash Hands.
3.00pm-3.20pm Children's Tea Time
3.30-3.45pm: Story Time.
3.45pm-5.00pm Free flow. Children explore indoors and outdoors and adults support children in their learning and exploring
5.30pm -6.00pm -Tidy and story time.
What does my child do at Nursery?
Now you know the timetable of our day, you can always look at our Curriculum map to find out what your child is learning each term. We give feedback about your child's progress during our Parent Consultation meetings.
We will not be able to give parents daily feedback due to the numbers of children we have attending each day. If we need to chat to you about anything we will always phone or email.
If you would like to chat to your child's key worker about an issue you can email the Nursery so that we can arrange a telephone conversation. During this challenging period and the ongoing pandemic we are doing all we can to keep your children, our team and parents safe. We appreciate your help and support during these challenging times.
Here are a selection of stories from over the last few months. We hope you will enjoy sharing them with your children.
Nursery Song Time
Here is a selection of songs to cheer us on our way. Enjoy. Click on the images to listen and join in.
Learning This Week: W/C 23/11/20
This week we will be continuing our Curriculum Challenge of: 'How do colours make you feel'. You can find more information about this curriculum challenge by clicking on the curriculum link below.
During our curriculum challenge we will be thinking about the following questions:
Which colours make you feel happy or sad?
Why do we know that Little Red Riding Hood liked red the best?
What happens when we mix colours together?
What sort of colours would the big bad wolf wear?
What colours are your favourite?
How many colours are in nursery?
How can animals hide?
This week we will be starting to prepare for our special Christmas Nursery Video.
This week we will be learning all about the numbers 5 and 6. We will be getting our friends the Numberblocks to help us.
This week we will be continuing to ask the children to 'tell us a story'. We will be finding out about how they use story language and also if they can remember key events in a story.
This week we will be going to Forest School so keep an eye our for an email to tell you which week your child will be attending.
You can find more information and activities to support your child's learning in the 'Remote Learning' section above.
Learning W/C 30/11/20
This week we will be starting on our new Curriculum Challenge of : How does Father Christmas deliver presents?
We will be thinking about the questions:
Who does the postman deliver presents to?
Is it winter everywhere in the world at Christmas?
How can you move heavy things?
Do you need to be asleep when Father Christmas comes to visit?
How does the postman know where to deliver presents?
This week we will be starting on our next 'Talk for Writing' book, 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson.
We will be also practising our Makaton Christmas song of 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas'.