We are keenly aware of the significance of the Early Years in shaping children’s minds and attitudes. We do our best to encourage our pupils to become confident, independent learners in a stimulating, happy and secure environment.
As part of a larger school community, Nursery children are also encouraged to participate in whole school activities, taking part in assemblies, working closely with the Reception classes as part of our Foundation Stage and at times being supported by older children from the main school.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage will be working towards achieving what are called the Early Learning Goals - seven areas of learning experience through a variety of play-based activities.
We also follow a scheme for the teaching of phonics called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI). This scheme is continued in all Reception classes.
The Nursery Day
The Nursery is open from 8:40 am - 11:40 am for the morning session.
All children must be both brought to and collected from the Nursery by an adult who is known to the Nursery team. Please advise us if someone else will be collecting your child.
We ask you to ensure that you collect your child on time as it can be very distressing for them if you are very late.
Settling your Child into the Nursery
We want your child’s start in the Nursery to be a happy one so it is vital that the settling process/transition from home is as smooth as possible. We consider this an important part of the work we do and aim to work closely with parents to ensure the best possible start.
We will make an initial home visit before your child is due to start to see them in their own environment and to gain information about their likes, dislikes and needs. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your child better and establish an initial link between home and school.
During your child's first few days at Nursery, it may be necessary for you to stay for a short time until s/he is settled.
It is not compulsory for Nursery pupils to wear school uniform, they are free to wear their normal, everyday clothes. If, however, you would like your child to wear Hartley uniform it can be purchased from the school’s office or Ian Howard which is located near the school on Barking Road. With the exception of small studs, we do not allow children to wear any jewellery.
Parents/carers are welcome to help and contribute to Nursery life - we see this as an important part of your child’s education. Please feel free to approach Nursery staff if you are interested.