Hello and welcome to Milford Nursery:
We have a wonderful team in Nursery, who are always willing to go the extra mile for our children. Mrs Smith is our Nursery Manager. Our children’s key workers are Mrs Dickinson, Miss Magee, Miss Faulks. Miss Badder will also be working with us this term. Miss Madden is our Nursery Nurse Apprentice.
Please note, these changes in times are from September 2017
Morning session – 8.45am-11.45am
Afternoon session – 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Children in the Nursery are in groups named after woodland animals. We have Squirrels, Rabbits, Owls and Hedgehogs. The children have stories, snacks and group time together. Our group times include teaching sessions on communication and language, literacy, maths and social skills. Some of our activities may include circle games, songs, sharing storysacks and counting rhymes. In phonics we give the children a wide variety of experiences with listening to and making sounds, using Jolly Phonics songs to introduce letter sounds.
Each group has a furry animal friend – Stella the Squirrel, Rabbit, Hedgehog and Barnie the Owl. Every week a child earns the title of “Animal of the Week” and is invited to take Stella, Rabbit or Barnie home to play and spend time with them and their family. Each animal has a special book or diary in which the adult can write detailing what they did, what they played with or an activity they decided to do. The child can also draw pictures and take photographs to display in the book showing what fun they had! The child who has worked hard, had a fantastic attitude and positive outlook or behaviour to learning that week, is the child who gets to become one of our “Animals of the Week”
As we have so many wonderful children, there are often times when more than 4 children deserve a reward. We also have a “Friday Box” for those children to choose from, filled with treats such as small toys. The child can take their treat home and tell their families what they have done to deserve a “dip in the Friday Box”.
Our older children will tell you about their “Zippy Bags” in nursery. The zippy bags are organised and maintained by Mrs Dickinson and consist of a story book or non fiction picture book along with a toy, game or other interesting items to support the book in a clear, strong wallet. The children choose their own zippy bag to take home and share with an adult. It is important for the system to work well that the zippy bags are returned and changed on a regular basis.
We change our topic every half term and try to include the interests of the children, as well as current themes such as festivals, seasons and cultural events. A newsletter will be sent home at the beginning of every half term to inform families what we will be doing, including any special activities. We like to get out and about on visits, as well as inviting parents into Nursery to ‘Stay and Play’.
We have a fantastic outdoor space at Milford and spend lots of time in the garden, whatever the weather so we ask for children to be suitably dressed, especially with footwear.
We take children’s names on our waiting list from birth and admit them soon after their 3rd birthday.
To put your child’s name down or to arrange a visit please contact school by telephone or email.
Please keep an eye on the Nursery News tab for more details about our planning, topics and upcoming events.