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Welcome to Woodrow First School Nursery


The Nursery class at Woodrow First School is a 52 place setting based on 2 sessions per day, including a maximum of 6 children using the 30 hour funding and a maximum of 8 children using the 2 year old funding. The sessions consist of 26 children in the morning and 26 children in the afternoon.


Nursery Session Options


1. Monday to Friday 8.45  to 11.45 (15 hours free funding)


2. Monday to Friday 12.00 to 3.00 (15 hours free funding)


3. Monday to Friday 8.45 to 3.00 (30 hour funding)


4. Monday to Friday 8.45 to 11.45 or 12.00 to 3.00 (2 year old funding for Rising 3's)


Nursery Routine

The children are welcomed into Nursery and begin their session by hanging their belongings on their pegs and completing self registration. This involves finding a photograph of themselves and placing this on the registration board. 


Every morning the children have a carpet time session whereby areas of the curriculum are explored and taught. The children are also introduced to the Enhanced Continual Provision that is available for that day.


During the children's independent learning time they have access to both indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor areas include the playground, undercover area and the woods.


Snack time is an important time of the day and is completed in small groups in the kitchen. The children are offered milk, water and fresh fruit everyday. This time allows the children to learn about the importance of healthy eating and making healthy choices.


The children are encouraged and supported to develop a sense of responsibility within their Nursery community. This is established throughout the day and also at tidy time. Tidy time is an opportunity for the children to support each other in showing care and respect for the learning environment.


Carpet time at the end of each Nursery session is a time where the children come together to talk and share their experiences throughout their day.  Reading is important in nursery and we explore both fiction, non fiction, songs and poems during this session.

The Early Years at Woodrow First School




“The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage, given legal force from September 2014, is mandatory for all schools and Early Years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children, that is children from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child has their fifth birthday.”

EYFS Statutory Framework 2014


The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage, given legal force from September 2021, “is mandatory for all early years providers in England: maintained schools, non-maintained school; independent school (including free schools and academies); all providers on the Early Years Register; and all providers registered with an early years childminder. (CMA)

EYFS Statutory Framework 2021



The Foundation Stage is a distinctive stage and the Early Learning Goals establish expectations for children to work towards. It is important to plan a curriculum that helps children make good progress


The introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage does not change the point at which attendance at school is compulsory, which is the beginning of the term after a child’s fifth birthday.


The children will develop their potential through a well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum of activities. The curriculum will be accessible to all children, giving them equal opportunity. Any special needs will be carefully assessed and work will be planned appropriately. All children will be given full curriculum entitlement, working towards the Early Learning Goals. They will be constantly encouraged and helped to develop a positive attitude to learning.


The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas.’

These Prime Areas are particularly crucial ‘for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive,’


Communication and Language

Communication and Language has been highlighted as a particular need in our school as it underlies so much of the curriculum. Speaking and listening skills will be developed through Letters and Sounds Phase 1 activities, drama, role play and storytelling activities, allowing the children to experience many real and imaginary situations. Mantle of the Expert provides a valuable tool to develop these skills. The children will be encouraged to share their own experiences and ideas. They will learn to follow instructions and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions and actions.


Physical Development.

Gross and fine motor skills will be improved to allow individuals to achieve their movement potential and master skills such as using tools and equipment effectively, cutting and writing.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Each child is valued as an individual and a member of the group. They will develop a strong self-image and high self-esteem, working towards simple goals and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly. As social and emotional skills develop, children will be able to self-manage and benefit from interaction and co-operation with peers. We will sensitively develop an appreciation of other cultures and beliefs and build relationships to work and play cooperatively. They will also increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to be healthy.


Specific Areas



 We develop the reading and writing skills of individuals to allow them to record their own ideas and share the ideas and stories of others. Phonics is a key element in this development and due regard will be given to Letters and Sounds documentation and The Reading Framework. Children will explore a variety of different books and have support and opportunities to develop their comprehension. Mark making and letter formation is developed throughout the Foundation Stage using school agreed school formation and progression. Reading and writing are fundamental skills for life.



Mathematics will primarily be explored practically and the emphasis will be placed on investigating numbers and numerical patterns. We use a variety of practical resources and methods to teach and reinforce concepts. The White Rose planning is used to inform the progression of maths teaching/learning and children also have 15 minute daily ‘GLOW Rekenreck’ sessions to support depth of knowledge and mastery of number.


“Young children will develop their mathematical understanding through stories, songs, rhymes and games, sand and water, construction on a large and small scale, imaginative

play, outdoor play and playground games, cooking and shopping, two- and three-dimensional creative work and by observing numbers and patterns in the environment and daily routines.” (Numeracy Framework)


Understadninn the World

The children will improve their Understanding the World, starting from what they already know and using scientific, technological, geographical and historical skills to extend their understanding further. The children will develop their own ideas, make predictions and question their observations. They will find out about their own environment and learn about people and places that have significance in their lives, in the past and the present.     


Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive Arts and Design will involve the children in using a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They will express their ideas and feelings through role-play, music, dance, craft and drama, developing their imagination and creativity.


“None of the areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas must be delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.”

EYFS Practical Guidance

PE and Swimming




Nursery PE day is a Friday. Nursery do not need PE kits but can bring a pair of shorts to wear in a named bag. The children are encouraged to dress and undress independently with support from adults. The children take part in a range of physical activities using a variety of equipment.




Woodrow First School has a swimming pool on the school site. More information about Nursery swimming will be released later in the Autumn Term.



Mantle of the Expert

The Nursery children have started Mantle and are working as a team of Zoo Keepers. They have been working hard to care for the animals and have learnt about food, shelter and the importance of water so the animals do not feel dehydrated. 



Whilst working in the zoo the team noticed a problem! One visitor was feeding the animals biscuits!

The team acted responsibly and explained what would happen if the animals were fed the wrong food.

Nursery Admissions Policy 2021-22