Here at Orchard Vale Nursery we pride ourselves in giving children confidence with the hope of a deep love for learning, gaining experiences and learn new skills to enrich them throughout their school life. Our nursery can currently provide for 26 places in one session (however this may be subject to change due to the high demand at various times of the year). We have a large main room which we encourage continuous provision throughout the day, this enables children to develop their learning in all areas of the curriculum in order for them to achieve their full potential. We provide an inclusive practice and feel strongly that all children deserve the opportunity to have access with all provisions provided deepening the children’s knowledge.
We also have an outside area which we use throughout the day along with two forest school areas which we share with the school. Our outdoor learning enables children to have freedom to explore and be physical. Our children love being outside as its fun, exciting and very important for children’s development. We are very fortunate to have our very own PE sessions with our onsite PE champion, Mr Ovey. The children love these PE lessons; they are a great chance to further develop their fine and gross motor skills.
Toilet training can difficult for some children, so we like to work hard with parents/guardians to help all children become independent with toileting. However, if children are not toilet trained we have a changing area which can be used for children in nappies.
Our nursery is staffed by a friendly teacher and a level 3 NVQ trained early year’s practitioner. We have meal time assistants which help support children at lunch time. Children can bring their own packed lunch or have a hot dinner provided by the school kitchen. If your child is having a hot dinner provided, then dinner tickets can be purchased in the school office. We have a self-register system for you and your child to use when dropping off to ensure we know what lunch your child requires.
Our sessions run:
Session 1 - 8:30 – 11:30 or 12:30 (if staying till 12:30 this will include lunch)
Session 2 – 11.30 – 15:30 (includes lunchtime)
Session 3 – 12:30 – 15:30
We also offer extra hours which are charged at £4.00 per hour (as of September 2017) and invoiced on a monthly basis.
We request that you use the nursery garden for the 8:30am drop-off and the 3.30pm pick-up, any other times use our side entrance to collect your child. (where an intercom system is in operation).
Please put Home/ School books, drinks bottles, book bags and coats in the areas provided.
In the reception classes there will be a different activity set out each day linked to an area of learning. Please support your child with this activity or let the teacher know if you need to go so that children can be supported with their morning task.
The register is taken at 8:45am and your child’s teacher will let you know when this is, so you can quietly creep away.
Mornings can get very busy, so if you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please talk to them at the end of the session or day in order that problems may be dealt with appropriately.
Alternatively a note may be written in your child’s Home/school communication book and handed to their teacher at the start of the session. Or, an appointment can be made after school at a mutually convenient time.
The morning can be a busy time for both parents and teachers, so if you need to speak to us, it may be more appropriate to make an appointment after school. Of course, if you have information that needs to be passed on directly, please feel free to talk to us or a teaching assistant.
If you have any changes in your regular collection arrangements please let us know so that we can ensure the safety of the children.
The register is taken at 8:45am and your class teacher will let you know when this is so you can creep quietly away.
Key Stage 2 playtime is at 10:10am until 10:30am. We encourage all the children to go outside for some fresh air during break times unless the weather is too bad so it is really important for children to bring in named coats/waterproofs.
Lunchtime is from 12:15pm to 1:15pm. Most children are in the dining hall for approximately 20 minutes and then have play time until 1:00pm. Each lunchtime the children are encouraged to take part in a large range of lunchtime activities such as football, basketball, the fitness trail, hockey or tennis to name but a few.
For Key Stage 2 children the school day ends at 3:15pm.
Keeping in touch with parents is very important to us here at Orchard Vale. If you have an urgent query or message teachers are available to chat to you in the morning. However, this is often a very busy time of day and it is difficult to give you our full attention so if you have a more lengthy issue that you wish to discuss please arrange a mutually agreeable time with your class teacher.