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Welcome to our Nursery Provision

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Brotherton & Byram Academy 

About us

In our school, we are very proud to offer Nursery provision within our Early Years Foundation Stage. This offers 52 places in total with 26 children in a morning session and 26 on an afternoon within the class organisation we call Esk Class.  Children come into our provision the term following their third birthday.  Depending on availability, children may also able to attend the setting as soon as they are three, however, these sessions must be paid for.  Our Nursery provision works within a unit with the Reception class.  This handbook aims to give you information about our setting, however should you require more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our Aims

At Brotherton and Byram Academy we work in partnership with every family to enable children to flourish through play in a caring, happy, stimulating and safe environment.

We very much hope that you and your child will enjoy your time here.  It is important that the children are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and as a parent you play a vitally important role.  We hope to play our part by offering your child a variety of experiences and activities designed to further their individual development.

Location

The Early Years Foundation Stage Unit is part of the main school building and can be accessed through the front playground gate.  The Unit is a bright and stimulating environment which both Nursery and Reception classes share.  The children have access to a wide range of outdoor resources throughout the session which are securely enclosed. Admittance to the setting is monitored ensuring the safety of your child.

We are 5 minutes from junction 33 of the M62 onto the A162  Brotherton. 

The Staff 

The Early Years Foundation Stage is led by Mrs Beaumont who has had 13 years experience working within Key Stage  1 and Early Years specialising in Early Years, supported by Miss Armstrong.  Our ATA Nursery Nurse, Mrs Pfluger (NVQ level 3), is also very experienced having worked in our Foundation Unit for 12 years. The other valued member of our team is Miss Barker, our skilled Teaching Assistant.  Lunchtime is supervised by Mrs Milner and Miss Johnson. All members of staff regularly attend training courses to further develop their understanding of childcare and to keep up to date with relevant information.

Parental Involvement

At Brotherton and Byram we recognise the importance of parents involvement in their child’s development, we therefore encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s learning.  We hold regular parent meetings twice a year, as well as sending home a learning journey which shares your child’s interests in school with you once a term.  We have a ‘Special Days’ book to keep you informed weekly of what your child has been doing each week and encourage parents to write a comment about their childs learning at home.  Once a term a formal report is sent home.  There is also a notice board upon entering the setting as well as our website which keeps you updated with all the latest news and events.  We are always available to discuss your child at a convenient time for both yourself and the school.  Every Wednesday we have a ‘Stay and Play’, inviting you to join your child in Foundation, as well as ‘Singing Together’ once a week.

Our Facilities

There are two classrooms in the Foundation setting which are well resourced with provisions to ensure coverage of The Early Years Foundation Stage.

There are also three toilets and sinks which are child size and height to encourage independence.  We work closely with parents to support toilet training.

Outdoor

We consider outdoor play to be vital for your child’s health, development and education.  We have two outdoor play areas which can be accessed from both rooms.  There is a large bike area, with a track and working traffic lights.  In the larger of the two play areas there is a climbing frame with slide and a large sandpit as well as a digging pit and planting boxes for growing and planting.  Children have access to a water tap and can be a storyteller or actor in our large Amphitheatre.

What your child will learn

When you ask your child what they did today the usual response is “Only playing”, and this is exactly what they will have been doing!  However there is much more to play than meets the eye. The emphasis in all areas of the setting is learning through play.

Play is natural to children and is the way in which they learn.  Through play they learn new skills, develop new interests, encounter new experiences and build on previous knowledge.  We aim to provide a secure, caring, happy and structured environment where the children learn through meaningful play by using materials and equipment carefully selected and planned for by the staff.

All activities will be planned through monitoring and assessing the children‛s individual needs and emerging skills. The children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including; Messy play, Role Play, Singing/Nursery Rhymes, Story time, Letters and Sounds activities, Small World and Construction activities.

General Information

Session times are:

Morning session: 8:45am-11:45am

Lunchtime session: 11:45am-12:15pm

Afternoon session: 12:15pm-3:15pm

Each child is eligible for 15 hours free sessions in Foundation 1 per week.  This is funded from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday.  Sessions are flexible throughout the week and can be changed subject to availability each term.

For example:

  1. Child attends every morning
  2. Child attends every afternoon
  3. Child attends full days (to include a lunch session)
  4. Child attends a mixture of mornings/afternoons/full days

If you choose to use your 3 hour sessions over a full day you would be charged for the lunch time supervision.  This is priced at £2.  Extra sessions can be purchased at a price of £12 per session. You may also pay for your child to stay for lunch either before or after your child’s session begins.  Children who have just had their 3rd birthday who are not yet eligible for free sessions may purchase sessions during the term of their 3rd birthday, subject to availability.

Fees

For those children who purchase extra sessions or lunch time sessions there is a charge of £12 per session and £2 for Lunch time supervision.  Invoices cover half a term and should be paid in advance.  Late payment will result in a charge per day and your child will not be allowed to attend the charged for sessions until payment is received.

What Ofsted said

The Early Years Foundation Stage is good and children get off to a good start.

Most children start school with skills that are below those typically expected for their age. They are helped to settle quickly into the Early Years Foundation Stage and soon make good progress. As a result, they are well prepared to start Year 1 and for many their attainment is in line with those expected.

The quality of teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good and teachers use what they know of children’s interests and starting points to plan work that captures their imagination. This helps children settle quickly to tasks and work for sustained periods of time.

Much work has been done by staff to provide a bright and welcoming learning environment.

Pupils are kept safe.

What next?

If you are considering a place and would like to come and visit us, please get in contact to arrange a time.  We have an open day once a year in the Summer for all prospective children and their parents to come and get a feel for the setting and to meet the staff and try out some of the exciting equipment and resources.

If you would like to register your child in Nursery you will need to fill out an enrolment form and return to the school office.  We will get in contact with you the term prior to your child starting Nursery to invite you to a New Starters Meeting and to arrange a home visit.

Thank you for considering our Early Years Foundation Stage and we hope to see you soon!