We are excited to be able to offer your child the opportunity to start their school journey with us in the beautiful grounds of The Homestead at West Green.
Children aged from 2 ½ to 4 years old will be given the support and encouragement they need as they begin to experience the wider world.
They will have the opportunity to explore and discover, engage in new activities and gain new skills in a safe and secure environment.
Our Nursery staff are experienced, and committed to the values already well-established at The Grey House School allowing for continuity and a smooth transition for those who wish their children to continue their journey at The Grey House School.
Children may be listed for entry at any stage and a waiting list will operate, based on date of registration. Please use the Enquiry Form on the Admissions tab of the website to register your interest.
Parents and children will be given the opportunity to visit prior to entry. Please contact the nursery to make an appointment to look round or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01252 843418.
Morning and afternoon sessions run: 9.00/9.15am - 12.15pm and 12.15pm - 3.00/ 3.15pm with the possibility of additional lunch hours being added to sessions at an additional cost, along with the facility to add additional sessions.
Children staying for lunch will need to bring a packed lunch. A morning snack and drink will be provided.
Children are entitled to 15 hours free provision starting the term after they reach 3 years old. The cost of provision before they reach 3 and for any additional hours will be charged termly. The fee structure will be announced during each Autumn Term, and will be effective from January of the following year.
We follow the seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding of the World
What a fabulous first half of the Summer Term! The children have been engrossed by our Farmyard theme and have really enjoyed learning some new traditional tales. Our visit to the ‘Gordon Brown Centre’ on Thursday 17th May was really enjoyable for both the children and adults and we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather! Thank you to all the parents who helped out. We also had fun dressing in red, white and blue for the Royal wedding and having our Royal wedding lunch. Thank you to those of you who came to our Stay and Play session on Thursday. The children were really excited to have you at Nursery and enjoyed showing you what they get up to!
On our return on Monday 4th June our topic will be ‘Let’s go on safari!’. As usual we will be linking our theme to some super stories along the way.
Week commencing 4th June Rumble in the Jungle
Week commencing 11th June Dear Zoo
Week commencing 18th June Elmer stories
Week commencing 25th June Summer fun!
Week commencing 2nd July Summer fun!
Our final two weeks are dedicated to Summer- time, so hopefully we’ll have some sunny weather and will be able to spend a lot of time outside learning about the season of Summer.
I can’t believe that some of our older children will be leaving us soon to go to School! They are all very excited and we will be doing some transition activities to help prepare them for this exciting new adventure. We will have a school as our role play area in the last few weeks of term and will have sweatshirts from our feeder schools for them to dress up in. We have been meeting their new teachers and sharing information about the children who will be joining them. We are continuing this after half term. As always we will work towards the children’s next steps and follow their interests to ensure their learning is engaging and motivating.
If you have photographs or knowledge about anything we are covering, please do let me know. We are always looking at ways of bringing learning alive. Thank you to Mrs. Fox, Frankie’s Mummy, who visited us recently to talk to the children about their local dairy farm and the milk they sell at ‘Fox’s Fridge’.
Dates for your Diary
Half Term Nursery closed Monday 28th May- Friday 1st June
Start of term Monday 4th June
Grey House School Sports Day Friday 8th June – Nursery taking part per invitation
Nursery Summer Afternoon Thursday 21st June all children and parents invited details to follow
Reserve Sports Day Friday 22nd June (only if 08.06.18 cancelled due to bad weather)
Summer Term ends Thursday 5th July
We now have a child in Nursery with a severe allergy to all nuts and egg. This can be life threatening if not managed very carefully. Please read the following information:
The allergic reaction does not only happen if they eat these foods themselves but can also be caused by cross contamination eg: holding the hands of someone who has eaten nuts or egg. For this reason we are making Nursery a no nut zone with immediate effect. Please check the labels of all foods before putting them into your child's lunchbox as nuts are contained in many food items. For instance cereal bars often contain a high percentage of nuts and many of the children currently bring these. We would also be very grateful if children could refrain from bringing in hard boiled eggs or sandwiches filled with egg. If the children have had a breakfast item which contains nuts or eggs please ensure that they wash their hands thoroughly before coming to Nursery. In future when we ask for boxes etc for modelling , please ensure that they have not previously contained nut or egg products .
Many thanks for your help with this important issue.
To avoid any items being lost please name everything the children bring to Nursery. We now have a lost property trug that will be put out daily, so do have a look through if any items have gone astray.
We would be grateful if you could place a change of clothes in your child’s bag so that they can be changed if required. If your child is not yet toilet trained please also ensure that there is always a supply of pull-ups, wipes and nappy sacks in your child’s bag. We do have a small supply of these at Nursery but they are only used in emergencies.We make a charge of £1.00 per session for those children who do not provide a supply of changing materials, should it be required.
It is always great to hear about what the children are learning at home. Please feel free to take one of our ‘wow’ moment slips, hung up by the door, to inform us if they have learnt something new or have exciting news to tell us.
Changing or adding Nursery sessions
Should you wish to enquire about changing any Nursery sessions or adding adhoc sessions, we ask that you complete our purple form requesting your change in writing. Please ask a member of staff in the Nursery for one of these. When we have received your form we will look at our ratios and staffing before we are able to let you know if this is possible.
Mrs. Moolgaoker is available in the Nursery office from 9.00am-3.00pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and deals with all Nursery administration & funding queries.
In her absence, If your query is about anything other than sessions, please send an email to: email@example.com and we will reply as soon as possible. We are not able to reply to emails regarding session changes. We require the purple form to be completed as above.
If you have any questions about how your little one is getting on at Nursery please speak to their Key Person or Mrs Chalmers the Nursery Manager. We will always be keen to listen and answer any queries you may have.
Thank you for providing a small cold pack in your child’s lunch box to ensure that their lunch stays at the correct temperature until lunch-time.
Food Choking Risk in children
Doctors warn that food is responsible for over half of all fatal choking incidents, with grapes the third most common cause of death in food-related incidents.
Why are grapes so dangerous? The size and shape of grapes means they can completely plug a child’s airway. The tight seal produced by the grape’s smooth surface makes them difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to choking on all small foods that can become lodged in their throats because:
This is why we ask for all small foods, particularly grapes, to be cut in half lengthways and then quartered.
We now have up to 20 children staying for lunch and unfortunately are unable to cut small foods that have not been prepared in this way. Un-cut food that presents a choking hazard will be returned home. Thank you for your help with this, I’m sure you understand that it is imperative that we keep the children safe at Nursery.
If your child id unwell and unable to attend Nursery please phone the Nursery office on 01252 843418, so that we are aware that they will not be attending. Please inform the Nursery staff regarding absences for doctors’, dentists’ and similar appointments. We would be grateful if you could inform us of any other absence in writing, an email will suffice.
Thank you for supporting your children at Nursery. We are looking forward to a busy and exciting end to the Nursery year and hope you and your families enjoy a super half term holiday!