The Foundation Stage begins in the Nursery with a structured pre-school programme for children aged 2-4 years. This gives children a happy introduction to school life, covering all seven areas of their developmental learning.
The Nursery timetable consists of a suitable balance of child-initiated learning alongside adult-focused activities. We introduce the children to a selection of activities designed to stimulate development and learning through play in a caring environment. Children have free flow access between the indoor and outdoor environment throughout the day whatever the weather!
During the latter part of the Nursery year, we gradually introduce more structured, adult‑led sessions, particularly in mathematics and literacy. Phonics teaching begins in the Spring term of the Nursery year for those children who are developmentally ready. We follow the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme. Pre-phonetic work is continued with the remaining children who will begin the phonics scheme as and when they are ready. Mathematics is taught through a variety of practical activities both indoors and out.
Across the week children will have specialist teaching in Music, Physical Education and Spanish, not something that they would normally experience in a Nursery setting. They also have the option to participate in Ballet.
Staff promote children’s awareness of health and self-care. Children are fully supported in washing hands and using the toilets which they can access directly off the Nursery classroom. We encourage independence in this area as children are ready.
The Nursery timetable is further enhanced by outings, visits from outside professionals, small and large drama productions and the preparation of our Harvest and Christmas festivals along with a Nursery class assembly. Along with the Reception children, the Nursery children visit the Rosendale playing fields once a week for outdoor learning ‘forest school’ type activities such as den building. Other outings might include visits to local allotments in Dulwich, a fire station, a theatre and a zoo. We also celebrate whole school events including sports day and support various charities throughout the year.
Staff and Parent Partnership
Our well-experienced staff create a nurturing environment at the same time as promoting independence and high expectations of behaviour. Our high adult:child ratio allows us to tailor learning to every child’s individual needs.
Children are allocated a Key Person when they enter the Nursery. This person is responsible for maintaining the child’s Early Learning Journey Profile, which parents are free to view at any point in the year. We encourage parents to contribute to this Learning Journey Profile with any ‘wow’ moments that take place outside of school. Together we can provide the very best experience for your child through these fundamental early years of development.
Two Parent Consultation evenings take place across the year: one during the Autumn term and one during the Spring term. A written report is sent home at the end of the Summer term in the Nursery year.
Our parents are encouraged to come in and read a story or carry out an activity with the children at a time suitable for them. Parents and carers also play a vital role in supporting us on outings – something we could not do without them!
Wrap Around Care
The Nursery days begins at 8.55am and finishes at 12noon (part-time) or 3.20pm (full time). Early morning club is available from 7.30am and after school care is on offer until 6.00pm. We offer flexibility with regards to attendance patterns.
Food and Drink
We provide a healthy mid-morning snack of fruit with milk or water. Independence is encouraged through self-serve of these snacks and drinks.
A nutritionally balanced hot lunch is served daily for those staying full time. We cater to all dietary needs and allergies.
Before home time children enjoy a fruit snack brought from home during a relaxing story time.
We recognise the two very important transitions for our children: coming from home to Nursery and transitioning from Nursery to a more formal approach to learning in Reception.
We offer play sessions for parents and your child prior to entry so that your child can begin to feel at ease in their new environment. We work with parents to assist in any way possible to ensure a smooth transition when children join. Whilst we generally find that children are usually so engrossed in the exciting activities on offer not to dream of sleeping, we do offer a quiet space where children may take a nap in order to re-energise if needed.
Being part of the school eases the transition into Reception in a number of ways. Throughout their time in Nursery, children have plenty of opportunities to mix with the Reception children. During the summer term, the Nursery children are able to explore the Reception classrooms during twice-weekly EYFS mixing sessions where children across Nursery and Reception mix and have access to a variety of activities indoors and out. Towards the end of the academic year, we also hold a ‘Meet the Teacher’ afternoon where children spend the afternoon in their new classroom with their new teacher.
Choosing a Nursery to suit yours and your child’s needs can be a tough decision. We hope that this section has given you a taste of what Rosemead Nursery has to offer. Feel free to give us a call to arrange a personal tour or look out for one of our upcoming Open Mornings. The Children would love to see you!