We have planned Nursery Open Days for Monday 4th July and Wednesday 12th October (9.30 -11.30 am and 1.00 -3.00pm) so that families can make the best education choice for their young children. This will be a valuable opportunity to meet WDPS staff and find out how we best meet our young children’s needs in their first year at WDPS.
If you have young children or if you have any family or friends with children under the age of 3, please let them know that we would love to meet them at one of our Nursery Open Days.
Our Nursery currently offers 52 part time funded places. Depending on capacity, parents may be able to purchase additional Nursery morning, afternoon or full day sessions for their child.
Regulations from Central Government came into place in April 2011 which requires providers to offer 15 hours of provision (e.g. 3 hours a day or 2½ days).
WDPS has offered 2 ½ days provision since September 2010.
The funding arrangements in school mean we are only funded for part-time places, therefore no full-time places are currently funded.
* 1 full-time Nursery Teacher
During the course of the year additional staff will work with the children in the Nursery, including Teaching Assistants, student teachers from Northumbria University, student Nursery nurses from Newcastle College and work experience students from local high schools.
The Nursery intake includes children from the West Denton, Chapel House and Lemington areas of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Children must be 3 years old on or before 31st August to be admitted to the Nursery class in September following their 3rd birthday. The places are allocated strictly according to criteria set by the Local Authority and within our allocated number of part-time places.
The criteria are as follows:
Applications for Nursery places should be made as early as possible leading up to the academic year of admission, although it must be pointed out that putting your child’s name down does not guarantee a place in the Nursery class. Letters offering allocated places are sent out in the last week of the Easter term.
Children must be 4 years old on or before 31st August to be admitted to the Reception class in the September following their 4th birthday. The places are allocated strictly according to the criteria set out by the Local Authority. The criteria are the same as that for Nursery Admissions. Applications for Reception places need to be made in the autumn term of the year prior to admission. Letters offering allocated places are sent out by the Local Authority in the spring term.
Settling Your Child in to Nursery
New children are admitted in September in smaller groups so that staff, parents/carers and children have time to get to know each other. It is our school policy to have all the children admitted to Nursery before the end of October. In June or July of the year of starting Nursery you and your child will be invited to visit Nursery in preparation for starting. Dates and times for visits will be distributed at the new Nursery parents/carers meetings which are held in the summer term.
We ask that you settle your child to an activity before leaving him/her. In the early stages you may wish to spend longer in the Nursery, this can gradually be reduced as your child becomes more settled. Parents/carers are very welcome to stay as long as they wish during the settling in period.
Children must be brought to a member of staff and collected from a member of staff by an adult known to the staff. Staff must know immediately when your child has arrived and is leaving.
Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and maltreatment and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Mick MingStones (Head Teacher) is our school Child Protection Officer.
The WDPS Nursery unit is situated next to the Reception classroom at the far end of the main school building closest to West Denton Indoor Bowls Club. The Nursery unit consists of 2 rooms. The Reception classroom is linked to the Nursery by a connecting door. All rooms are spacious and well-equipped with direct access to a well-equipped outdoor play area.
Our Early Years children benefit from a bespoke, fenced play area. Features have been created to promote enquiry, thinking, gross and fine motor skills. These zones include: ‘Willow Area’, ‘Minibeast Wildlife Zone’, ‘Pulley Challenge’, ‘Water Exploration’, ‘Planting Beds’, ‘Driving Challenge’, ‘Role Play Den’ and ‘Construction Site’. The entrance area to Nursery has a further flat play surface and grass area which is fenced in from the main yard area.
The classrooms are light and spacious. The rooms are partially carpeted and are divided into working bays including: a quiet library area, comfortable areas for group times, areas for art and crafts, role play, construction, sand and water, computers, story/music listening area and writing areas. All areas are exceptionally well resourced.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) staff meet regularly to plan what they will be teaching your child. The staff have long and short term plans, which set out the teaching in the Nursery each half term and each week (weekly plans are displayed outside the Nursery classroom to keep you fully informed). The planning is carefully designed to build on what your child already knows and can do. As a parent/carer you are your child’s first teacher. Before coming into school, you have already taught your child to walk, talk, feed, dress etc. We hope to work very closely with you to continue to teach your child in school and at home.
The Foundation Stage begins from birth until the end of the Reception year. Much of the teaching in the Foundation Stage will take place through well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, which is the key way in which young children learn with plenty of enjoyment and challenge.
The teaching will have more structured activities in the Reception class with an emphasis on numeracy and literacy development, but will still continue to challenge children through play across the seven areas of learning.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and Language;
Physical Development; and
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
* Understanding of the World; and
* These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff at school will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
The Early Years is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their Early Years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure and also support their development, care and learning needs.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is broken down into 7 areas of learning. The Prime Areas are the fundamental parts of development which children need in order to develop fully in all of the other Specific Areas of learning.
Communication and Language
We aim first to enable your child to become a good listener and provide the tools for every child to become a great communicator. Through lots of speaking and listening games and activities we can ensure that your child plays in a language rich environment where they are constantly encouraged to talk about what they see and what they do so that they can begin to use their own developing knowledge in order to make new connections and links.
Your child will develop many skills such as climbing, sliding, crawling, riding a bike and being able to judge their own and others’ space. They will develop skills in handling tools and equipment such as pencils, clay tools, knives and forks and brushes. We aim to encourage every child to understand the need to be healthy and what we need to do to stay healthy.
We support your child and give them the tools they need to manage their own feelings, make relationships and develop self-confidence and self-awareness. We aim to enable your child to understand their feelings and ensure that they become independent learners in a nurturing environment which helps them feel safe and secure.
Your child will enter an environment which is full of print, stories, poems and rhymes. We aim to intrigue children with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books as well as things that particularly interest your child. Children will have daily phonic sessions which may include listening to sounds in the environment, learning new sounds and blending these sounds to read words. Children are encouraged to be writers both inside and outside with most areas having writing equipment attractively placed in them.
Children’s knowledge of number will be deepened through real life experiences and things that children understand e.g. trips to the shops. They will develop a sound knowledge of shape, space and measure through shape walks, weighing and measuring real things and through many interactive games on the smart boards.
Your child will develop a greater knowledge of the world in which they live through trips offsite and making links to other countries and they will truly understand their place within the community in which they live. They will learn about other cultures and gain a greater respect for their own and other people’s beliefs. Your child will have a deepened knowledge of Computing equipment such as talking tins, cameras and programmable toys and they will understand how to use computer programs to help support their learning in a fun and enjoyable way.
We aim to encourage your child to develop their imagination to its full potential. We want them to discover their own creativity and to use a variety of media in innovative ways. In creating an environment which allows them to independently explore a range of media, all children will have the opportunity to express themselves in a way that is fun and exciting to them as a unique individual.
Before your child begins Nursery, he/she will be given an ‘All About Me’ booklet to fill in at home with help from an adult. This provides a starting point for the Early Years staff getting to know your child by talking to him/her about important people at home. This booklet also forms the basis of the home/school Learning Journey, which will be shared between home and school, to form a record of your child’s progress throughout the Nursery year. We also like to hear, and see examples of any interesting and significant achievements your child has made at home.
Parents are informed of their child’s achievements in the course of every day contact with Early Years staff. This is also an opportunity for you to inform the staff of any concerns you may have or to share information about your child generally.
The Early Years staff in school work as a team and they plan a relevant curriculum based upon Early Learning Goals for Early Years children. Staff observe, assess, and record the children’s progress to plan activities to help children reach each learning goal.
Parents are invited to meet with the class teacher for a more formal discussion of their child’s progress during parental consultations, twice yearly. Detailed written reports are issued at the end of the summer term to parents. Parents have the opportunity to discuss the end of year report with staff.
* Please can you inform the Nursery staff if your child has any allergies (peanuts, other foods, animals etc.)
* Can you let us know if your child has asthma.
* If during the course of the Nursery year staff become aware of any health concerns e.g. hearing or vision they will inform you.
Health and Safety
The following points are particularly relevant to the Early Years children:
* Nursery children are encouraged to wear clothes that are sensible for outdoor play (Wellington boots are particularly useful). Fasteners that children can manage themselves are ideal to encourage them to be independent. Shoes that fasten easily are especially useful.
* No jewellery should be worn by children.
* Children with pierced ears may wear studs ONLY. Studs need to be removed at home prior to coming to school on PE days.
* Children should arrive on time and be collected promptly so that they are not upset.
* Play equipment, both indoor and outdoor, is checked regularly.
* Climbing frames are in the outdoor area which has an approved safety surface.
We request that families ring us immediately on the first day of absence if your child is going to be absent from school. If your child is unwell please do not bring him or her to the school as infection spreads quickly between young children.
Remember the 48 Hour Rule. Wait until 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea before bringing your child back to school. It is important children are fit and healthy to fully benefit from the Nursery experiences and to be happy in the school.
Parents and carers are more than welcome in the Early Years at any time. Anyone willing to join in the activities will be given guidance in participating. Activities may include reading stories, playing games, working with the computer, assisting with outdoor play, baking and general help.
Information of interest to parents/carers will be displayed on the notice board in the corridor just outside the Nursery.
In Nursery children will regularly bring home library books. These can be kept clean and dry inside a school book bag, which can be purchased from the school office.
We have regular fund raising events and would appreciate your help with these.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING BUGGIES INTO THE SCHOOL BUILDING AS THIS POSES A FIRE RISK. PLEASE LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE THE NURSERY ENTRANCE IN THE BIKE SHELTER.
The Early Years Learning Journey provides an on-going record of children’s achievements. School invites all parents and carers to share in their children’s early successes.
The Early Years promote learning at home and school through the use of Share Bags which parents and carers are encouraged to borrow.
Homework is also given to develop your child’s fine-motor, numeracy and literacy skills.
* During the year, educational visits will be arranged for the children.
* Parents/carers will be informed in advance and asked for their written consent.
* We rely on parental help to ensure a safe adult/child ratio for these outings.
* Parents/carers may be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of these outings.
* At the start of the year parents/carers will be asked to sign a local permission slip for the year ahead. This enables us to take your child out on visits to Denton Park library/ church and other activities locally.
Please dress your child in comfortable, practical clothing. Aprons are provided for messy activities but paint spills etc. cannot be completely avoided. Please try to avoid clothes with difficult fastenings such as dungarees.
We encourage the children to wear the school uniform sweatshirt, which is easily washed and very durable. School sweatshirts can be purchased from the school office.
Grey trousers or skirts can be purchased through most clothing outlets.
Light blue polo type shirts are recommended for wearing under the sweatshirts.
Shoes should be black and comfortable. Trainers and fashion shoes are not appropriate for school. The children also need wellington boots and a spare set of clothes to be kept in school at all times.
Specific arrangements are made to help children who experience learning or behavioural difficulties at any stage. If you feel that your child has any problems with hearing, sight, speech or behaviour, we may be able to arrange specialist help from outside agencies. We must be informed if your child has any allergies or special dietary requirements. We seek to fully involve parents and carers and work closely together to support children with special educational needs.
In the Early Years all children are encouraged to engage in a wide range of activities that promote non-stereotypical play e.g. girls building in the construction area, boys dressing up and playing in the kitchen.
Resources are carefully chosen to develop equal opportunities regardless of gender or race and to develop their awareness of world cultures and different ways of life.
A half termly Nursery Newsletter keeps parents fully informed of everything going on in the Nursery, including the curriculum, educational visits, fundraising events and special dates. The monthly WDPS newsletter goes out to inform parents of everything going on in school e.g. events, information, achievements, dates for the diary etc.
Details of your child: address, doctor, emergency telephone numbers (mobile and home landline) etc. are kept in the school office. It is vital that parents/carers inform the school staff of any changes in these particulars.
Please inform a member of staff immediately of any change in home circumstances which you feel may affect your child’s behaviour in school.
Please do not send sweets or crisps.
Entry to School
Settling Your Child in to Nursery
Child Protection Statement
Nursery Premises and Equipment
The Early Years Curriculum
Specific Areas of Learning
Health and Safety
Parent and Carer Involvement
Other News and Events
New Nursery Children – September 2016
The meeting for parents of the children going into our Nursery class in September 2016 is on Tuesday 26th April at 2.15pm in the school hall. This is a meeting for adults and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a later session when you can bring your child into school so that they get used to their new environment. You will be notified of your child’s session on this day.
Additional Nursery Sessions – September 2016
Subject to availability, we may be able to offer additional Nursery sessions for your child at the following rates:
£10.00 per ½ day session, £20.00 per full day session, £1.90 for lunch.
Our Admin Team will notify families of availability once Nursery places have been allocated.
Change of date for new Reception Children 2016
Parents of children going into Reception after the summer holidays should now have had their offer letters from the LA. The date has had to be changed for the meeting of parents of the children going into our Reception class in September 2016. It is now on Wednesday 4th May at 2.15pm in the school hall. This is due to Easter this year pushing back the offer dates. This is a meeting for adults and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a later session when you can bring your child into school so that they get used to their new environment.