Nursery

Foundation 1

Thank you for considering Bedgrove Nursery (Foundation 1) as the first step in your child’s education. We recognise that choosing the right start for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.

Nursery experience can often be a child’s first venture into the larger world outside the family and home. What children encounter and learn at this stage in their lives can create strong and lasting foundations on which to build in later life, so we believe it is essential that these first experiences are of the highest possible quality.

Here at Bedgrove Infant School we recognise that each child is special, with unique talents, qualities and needs. In Foundation One, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, enabling each individual to be nurtured and ensuring they are able to flourish.

Working in partnership with parents we aim to provide a safe, stimulating and challenging environment where children together with adults can explore, have fun, play, talk and learn together, developing happy, confident and independent individuals within our school community.

Life at Bedgrove

Here at Bedgrove, we know that in order for children to learn; good quality play and interactions need to happen every single day.

As a large nursery setting, we have qualified and very experienced staff who can support and care for your developing child. On joining, each child will be allocated a key person to help them in making a smooth transition from home to school, and to support them throughout their time with us.

Our learning takes place through a variety of planned purposeful activities which are carefully thought out to ensure the maximum benefit for your child. These include child-led activities, where adults extend and support children within their play, free flow activities and group times. Group times will be led by both your child’s key person and other adults within the setting. The main group times will include phonics, maths, literacy or personal, social and emotional development based activities. All children will also have a story and rhyme time at least once within each day; we have a ‘Story of the Week’ which fosters a love of reading and exposes the children to a variety of literature as well as providing a focus for planned learning opportunities. During free play, the children can choose between exploring inside or outside. We have wonderful and inspiring learning environments for the children to engage with throughout their sessions and staff constantly adapt these based on the needs of the children.

To ensure that we are providing the best opportunities for your child, we frequently observe them at play. These observations inform our ongoing assessment of the children as well as supporting our planning, which in turn builds upon key skills that the children need to develop.

A delicious hot lunch is available for those children staying all day or for an extended morning session. Children also have the option to access snack at certain times during their day. The snack option changes daily and the children can help themselves once they have washed their hands. Water and milk is also freely accessible to the children. We encourage independence so the children have the option to pour their drinks themselves, although there is usually an adult nearby to support if needed.

As a school, we take allergies very seriously and we do everything possible to safeguard your child. Before your child joins us we will ensure we are aware of any allergies or intolerances and communicate these to all members of the team.

Parents as Partners

Parents are children’s first teachers and at Bedgrove we value the important job that you are doing as parents. We would like to work in partnership with you, to support you and your child on their first steps into education.

Parents will be welcomed into the setting regularly to see what happens in Foundation One. We have an open door policy where parents can have a quick chat to their child’s key person/teacher on the gate or if they would like a longer discussion, parents can email in to arrange an appropriate time. The children’s learning is recorded on a program called Seesaw. Seesaw is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.

We also aim to have frequent opportunities where parents can come into school for activities, such as stay and play sessions. 

Visits to the nursery are encouraged and if you would like to arrange one, please contact: office@bedgroveinfant.co.uk

Uniform

In Foundation 1, the children wear school uniform like the rest of the school. However, as we encourage the children to be as independent as possible we offer a little more flexibility in the choices of clothes they can wear at this earliest stage of their education.

We ask if parents can choose the most appropriate item of clothing to suit the needs of their child. For a child who needs support with toileting, we suggest wearing jogging bottoms or leggings as these are easier to pull down.

  • Jogging bottoms, purple, black or grey
  • Black or grey leggings
  • Black or grey school trousers
  • Grey pinafore/school dress /grey skirt
  • White polo shirt
  • Purple sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan with school logo
  • Comfortable dark coloured, closed toed shoes (preferably school shoes)

Funded Places at our Nursery

At Bedgrove we are able to offer a number of funded hours to best suit the needs of you, the parent. Currently we can offer complete flexibility to include anything from two mornings to full time.

This year, we are trying to be as flexible as possible for you. If you are only eligible for 15 funded hours for example, and you want your child to be at the settling for longer; there is an option for you to pay an additional fee. This is the same for all funded hours.

If you have any questions you would like to discuss further or you would like to arrange a visit, please feel free to contact:

office@bedgroveinfant.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you very soon.