Hello! Come in and have a look around Nursery!
We have spaces for Nursery 2020 - Please call 01527 527619 if you interested in a space for September.
Starting nursery is an anxious time for parents and children. At Woodrow First School we know how difficult it can be and want to support our families in the best way possible.
On this page you will find some videos and information for parents and children which should support you and your child.
By now you should have received your welcome pack in the post. If you haven't and have applied for a space please call school.
Please call school to accept your space and arrange your induction meeting in September as soon as possible.
In you no longer need a space at Woodrow First School Nursery please let us know as soon as possible.
Due to the current situation some of the arrangements and the way we organise our school may change over the coming weeks. We will be in touch if anything impacts upon the start of the nursery year. We can assure you that the health and wellbeing of the children, their families and our staff is our priority.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school in September. Many of your questions may be answered in the video and information below, however please call the school if you have any further queries and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon!
Preparing your child to start Nursery
Below are also a few ideas you could do at home which may help the move from home to nursery a little easier.
Pre-school is a great opportunity for children to develop skills ready to start school. During your child’s nursery year, we will focus on the Early Years curriculum and also ensure that your child is ready for the move to Reception.
Before your child starts Nursery there are a few things you could do at home which will make the change from home to Nursery a little easier.
When your child starts nursery they will need to be confident to use the Nursery toilet area. A few weeks before your child begins Nursery, start to give them opportunities to become more independent. This may include:
We will always support you and your child with toileting, no matter where your child is in the process. We have a designated changing area in the Nursery and will be able to discuss your child’s individual toileting needs at your induction meeting.
When your child starts Nursery they will have lots of new choices to make. From what toys to play with, what fruit to choose and where to sit on the carpet. This can be a little overwhelming if they have not had this experience before. To support this change, start to give your child more choices at home. It’s always a good idea to limit the choice your child is given to 2 or 3. Below are a few ways to have a go at this.
“Rosie, would you like a cheese sandwich or a ham sandwich today?”
“Rosie, are you wearing the green leggings or red dress today?”
Even if you already know the answer to the question, simple questions such as this will allow your child to use their language but also get them used to making a decision and sharing it with someone else.
Vocalise or express their needs
While at home encourage your child to use their words and gestures to express the things that they need. As a parent you will have a clear understanding of what your child needs and when, at Nursery your child will need to be more independent and confident to ask for things.
Begin to encourage your child to verbally tell you what they need or encourage them to use gesture if they find it difficult. A good way to encourage this is to show them how to do it.
For example, when you are around your child overly exaggerate asking questions for some basic things. Before you get a drink, say,
“I’m thirsty, I am getting a drink.”
Or before you go to the bathroom clearly state,
“I am going to the toilet now.”
It may feel a little bit silly but this will help your child know the things to say. Giving your child lots of praise when they use their language or gesture to express their needs will encourage this further.
At Nursery we will have PE and swimming sessions, so your child will need to be able to undress and dress themselves. We will encourage the children to do this as much as they can on their own but an adult will always be around to support them.
In the weeks running up to the start of Nursery get your child used to the putting on their own clothes.
Getting dressed can be frustrating for young children so maybe start with some loose fitting or elasticated items such as jogging bottoms or leggings. Socks and tights are difficult; they may need you to show them the best way to put them on a few times. Lots of encouragement and praise, even when they don’t get it quite right will help they to be confident to get ready for the day.
Getting in the routine, ready to come to Nursery
Your child may not be used to getting ready to leave the house at a certain time in the morning. Over the next few weeks begin to prepare your child for this by helping them to wake up, get dressed and be ready for the day at the time you would need to leave for nursery. This will hopefully make it a little bit easier when it is time to start the new nursery routine.
Talking about Nursery
One of the most important things you can do is talk to them about starting Nursery. Show your child the videos of the Nursery and the videos of their teachers, this will help them to understand what to expect. Explain that they will have lots of fun at Nursery with other children but that grown up's can't stay. If you are off to work let them know that's where you will be going or if you have other jobs to do, explain this to them, so they know what you will be doing while they are at Nursery.
Let your child know that at the end of the session you (or someone they know) will be there to pick them up. Sometimes we forget to tell our children we are coming back for them as it seem obvious to us, but by reminding them that you will be there at the end of the day, it will put their minds at ease.
What time will I come to nursery?
There are three session times available.
Nursery sessions are as follows:
AM – 8.45- 11.45
PM – 12.00 – 3.00
30 hour funded space – 8.45 – 3.00
How will I know what session my child has?
If your child has been allocated a 30-hour space this will have been outlined in your welcome letter. Otherwise your child is eligible for an AM or PM session.
We currently have spaces in both AM and PM session times. We will finalise your choice at your induction meeting in September. If you have a preference mention it on the phone when your book your appointment and we will allocate your child a space in this session.
How is my child’s nursery space paid for?
15 hour spaces
All children aged 3-4 are eligible for 15 hours funded preschool education. You will fill in a form to apply for this during your induction meeting, the funding will then come directly to school.
30 hour funded spaces
If you are eligible for 30 - hour funding, you will need to apply on this website:
You will then receive a code which you will need to give to nursery by Monday 13th July. We will then submit the relevant information and the funding will come directly to school.
As well as the 30 hours, our 30 hour children will receive an additional 1 hour and 15 minutes in Nursery a week. There will be a weekly charge of £6.25 for this time. This will be charge to you monthly.
If you have been allocated a 2-year-old space your welcome letter will confirm this. To be eligible you must fill in the form below:
A form was also enclosed in your welcome pack which can be posted to the address on the form.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed you will need to pass the details on to school.
Funding across more than one nursery setting
Please be aware that they may be a further charge if you choose to use another nursery provider as well as Woodrow First School. If you are using more than one nursery provider, we will discuss your individual arrangements with you when we fill in your funding form during your induction.
Please call school if you have any worries or questions about funding.