Welcome to Nursery
Our class teacher is Mrs Patterson.
Our teaching assistant is Miss Moody and our Early Years Apprentice is Miss Henderson.
View our termly page to find out what we have been up to. You can also view our archived class work on our website.
Nursery Session Times
Breakfast Care: 7.45am – 9am
Morning Session: 9am – 12pm
Nursery Lunchtime: 12pm – 12.30pm
Afternoon Session: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Full Nursery Day: 9am – 3.30pm
Afterschool Care: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Wraparound care for nursery and reception pupils will now take place in the Library.
If you would like more information about the curriculum the school is following please contact the school.
The prime areas in Nursery are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
The specific areas in Nursery are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children can apply for a Nursery place in the term following their third birthday. Please find an attached application form here.
There is an option for possible additional funding for ‘Rising 3 Year Old Pupils’. Please find the information and application here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Below are some frequently asked questions that you may find useful before your child starts nursery:
- Where do I drop off and pick up my child from?
At dropping off time please wait outside near the double doors at the front of nursery until a member of our nursery team opens it to welcome your child in (morning session 9am and afternoon session 12.30pm). Once you have said goodbye at the door; nursery staff will then encourage and support your child to hang up their belongings, put their folder in the basket, put their water bottle on the shelf and find their apple name card. Children often like to wave and blow kisses to their adults at the ‘waving window’.
At collection time (morning session 12pm and afternoon session 3.30pm) please wait outside the double doors at the front of nursery and a member of our nursery team will send your child out to you with all their belongings. You will be given a document, whereby you can name trusted adults who are able to collect your child from nursery. Please ensure that this is completed; the safety of our children is paramount, and the completion of this form is very important. If an adult not named on the document is coming to collect your child, please inform the school of their full name beforehand.
Please note that the gates will be locked during nursery/school hours and will be opened by staff just before drop off and pick up times. If you arrive late or need to collect your child during our session times, please go to the school office.
- How will you help my child settle in at nursery?
We value our partnership with parents and carers and will work with you and your child to ensure that they have the best possible start to their nursery journey. We will tailor the induction process to suite your child’s needs when they start nursery. Included in the pack is our ‘Help us get to know your child’ booklet; please complete this in order for us to learn more about your child. Please be assured that we will provide a caring and nurturing environment for your child, we will give them lots of reassurance, support and encouragement to help them feel safe, secure and happy in their new nursery. We will also ensure that your child has the opportunity to ask lots of questions and discuss their worries or concerns. We also encourage parents and carers to speak to nursery staff about any questions or queries that you may have; I have included our nursery class email address at the end of this letter.
- How will I know what my child is learning about?
Information about our current themes and learning will be displayed on the chalk board next to the the nursery entrance. We also provide information on the nursery newsfeed on the Weduc app. Again, please also feel free to speak to a member of our nursery team if you have any questions or queries. We have a website with individual class pages which provide information about what we have been doing. We also hope to start holding stay and play events again in the future, where you will have the opportunity to come into class and spend time playing with your child and finding out more about their interests when they are in nursery.
- How do you communicate with parents and carers?.
-Our Head Teacher Mr Minikin writes a weekly newsletter.
-We have a school website.
-We have an app for your phone or tablet: ‘Weduc’.
-We hold parents’ evenings in the Autumn and Spring term.
-We provide an end of year report in the summer term.
- How do I claim nursery funding for my child?
Included in your pack is a ‘Funding Entitlement’ booklet which you should complete and return along with the other data sheets, also please include your child’s birth certificate or passport for identification purposes. There is information provided on the back page detailing how to check if you are entitled to the 30-hour funding and how to create an account which will generate an eligibility code if applicable. You will be charged for anything in addition to your entitled 15 hours or 30 hours and you will be informed beforehand of the costs incurred. The amount will be debited to your Parent Pay account on a weekly basis and will need to be paid in advance.
- Does my child need to wear a uniform in nursery?
Uniform is not compulsory in nursery; however, most children do choose to wear our nursery uniform of a navy-blue polo shirt and a red jumper or red cardigan. This can be ordered from Emblematic via their website: https://studentuniform.co.uk/mon074/ You do not have to purchase items with the school badge on. You must ensure that all clothing items are clearly named.
- What does my child need to bring to nursery?
Please ensure that your child has:
-A named bag with at least two full changes of clothes in.
-A named filled water bottle, to be brought daily.
-A pair of named wellies, to be kept at nursery.
-Their nursery wallet and reading record every time they come to nursery; please ensure that you check and empty your child’s wallet daily (you will receive this once your child starts nursery).
-Footwear that they are able to take off, put on and fasten independently, e.g. velcro and buckles are much easier than laces.
-Clothing and accessories suitable for the weather, e.g. a warm coat, a sun hat, sun cream etc…
-Nappies, pull ups, wipes and nappy bags if your child requires these.
Please ensure that all items are clearly named!
- What will my child eat and drink at nursery?
You can choose for your child to have a packed lunch prepared by you or a school lunch provided by school. If you would like your child to have a school lunch, please select the main meal choice only on the menu included in the pack for the days that your child will attend nursery. If you believe you may be entitled to free school meals please complete the forms also included in the pack.
During the nursery sessions we provide fruit and vegetable snacks for your child, as well as milk and water. We do encourage children to also bring their own water bottles daily.
- What will I do if my child is ill or they cannot attend nursery?
Please phone the school and nursery office before 10 a.m. to inform us of any absences.
- What will happen if my child is unwell at nursery?
-If your child is unwell at nursery, we will contact the named parent or carers to arrange for them to be collected.
-If you are happy for your child to stay at nursery; depending on their illness, we have appropriate age-related pain relief medicine in school, which can be administered with the permission of parents/carers.
-If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, they must be sent home from nursery and cannot return within 48 hours of their last episode. This is to control the spread of illness within school.
-If your child is injured in nursery, we have trained first aiders who can treat your child. If this should happen, a first aid form will be completed and sent home with your child at the end of the day, detailing their injury and the treatment given.
-Should they bump their head, or a first aider feels they need to be treated at home, parents/carers will be informed as soon as possible.
-If your child has medication that needs to be administered at nursery, then a form must be completed at the main office by the child’s parents/carers. The medication must also be clearly labelled from the child’s doctor or pharmacist, detailing the child’s name, dosage and medicine expiry date. Unfortunately, we are unable to administer medication without this information.
-If your child has a long term illness or condition, please contact the school so that we can discuss a care plan for your child and to ensure that we have the correct and appropriate measures in place for your child starting nursery.
- How do I pay for additional hours and school lunches?
Montalbo Nursery and Primary School is a cashless school and uses an electronic system called ParentPay. You can pay securely online for a range of items using a debit/credit card or via Pay Point. You will be provided with more information about setting up your Parent Pay account once your child starts at Montalbo.