At John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School we work as a team to ensure that the children’s first experiences of schooling are as happy and stress free as possible.
Our purpose built Nursery is attached to the main school with our own separate entrance. We have our own fenced-off, all-weather outdoor door area, along with access to our school's woodland area and fields.
Children can attend John of Gaunt Nursery the term after their third birthday. There is an allocation of 15 hours which may be used in a flexible way e.g. 5 mornings, 5 afternoons or Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or Wednesday afternoons, Thursday and Friday.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which Nursery and Reception classes follow, is about learning through play, creativity and discovery and most of all making learning fun!
This is the earliest stage of a child’s education at school, and covers the Nursery and Reception classes. It is called the Foundation Stage because it gives the children secure foundations for later learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage provides a secure and supportive environment where children can:
- settle into school life;
- learn to work and play as a member of a group;
- develop good relationships with other children and adults in the class;
- grow in self confidence develop a positive attitude to learning.
Children are encouraged to select their own activities as well as join in activities with adults. These activities cover a broad range of learning, making the most of the indoor and outdoor environments.
Children learn through having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. We also aim to help children to develop in the characteristics of effective learning:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning and creating
- Thinking critically.