Teaching, Learning & Play
“Assessments show that pupils from Fielding Nursery join
Reception with higher starting points than children from home or other settings”, Kristien Webb, Reception Assistant Head teacher
Our carefully selected Early Years staff work closely with families to encourage and develop the children’s interests and skills. This enables each child to have the best start to their education by supporting them to reach their full potential and prepare for school.
Our nursery education is led by qualified teachers during school term-time, who have broad and deep experience and knowledge of teaching primary age and early years children. Our Early Years Practitioners hold a range of qualifications from apprenticeships to post graduate degrees, specialising in early years. During the school holidays the learning continues, and the nursery team continue the care for the children with a greater emphasis on play and exploration, led by our Nursery Manager.
As young children learn best from first-hand experience and by exploring through play, our teachers skilfully blend learning opportunities to increase readiness for school through a mixture of child-initiated play and adult-led learning. The children thrive in our well-resourced nursery where and are happy and confident moving into Reception Year, whether at Fielding Primary or another School. We pride ourselves in offering excellent opportunities for your child to grow and develop in a safe and secure environment.
The education team is supported by a team of play and child care workers. Play is the main focus of our nursery day, all play opportunities are carefully planned and structured around the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
“Values help me feel safe on the inside”, Year 4 pupil
Our values-based ethos helps children to grow up valuing themselves, others and the environment through a shared moral and ethical values vocabulary. Our children develop a moral compass to guide what is right and what is wrong. Nursery children learn and develop their understanding of our core values such as respect, co-operation and tolerance through first-hand experience, guided play and age appropriate language.
Adults model our values and give time for reflective practices. This enables children to become effective learners and to understand their own emotions. Our adults are warm and kind towards children and one another.
The foundations for learning start when children feel safe, emotionally secure and happy. Each child in nursery has their own ‘main key worker and a supporting key worker'. These named adults take a special interest in the child's learning, development and well-being. Building a strong and trusting relationship with a child helps our practitioners to know how best to plan for their learning and development to support them throughout their nursery journey.
Nursery children benefit from all of the facilities associated with the main school.
Indoors we have two large, well-resourced, bright and airy classroom spaces and additional rooms which are separated into dedicated smaller zones for different types of play and learning following the Early Years foundation stage curriculum. Each zone is led by adults and include role play, maths, messy play, computers, reading and a sensory area.
Outdoors, children have lots of space to run, climb, balance, ride, build and explore in the early years ‘outdoor classroom’. The Early Years foundation stage framework continues to be delivered through a variety of focused activities in the outdoor areas.
Nursery children also have access to the school’s extensive playing fields, nature woodland play space, pirate ship and allotment on site at dedicated times. The children take part in Forest School sessions to extend their opportunities for exploration and learning.
All of our spaces allow us the flexibility to take advantage of ‘teachable moments’ that occur throughout the day, using spontaneous and unexpected occurrences