St Monica’s Nursery

St Monica’s is a very popular Nursery providing 15 hours of free early education a week for 3-4 year olds. Children are eligible for a place the term after their third birthday. The Nursery is open during school term times. Many children attend St Monica’s Nursery and then transfer to St Monica’s School, which makes for an easy transition for the children and gives them the best start to their school career, whether they stay at St Monica’s or move onto another school.

We offer either five morning sessions (8:45am – 11:45am) or five afternoon sessions (12:30pm – 3:30pm) per week. We also have a limited number of extra sessions in the afternoons which we can offer to parents of children attending morning sessions. There is a charge of £12.00 for each of these extra sessions.

Each member of staff within St Monica’s Nursery is highly trained and skilled in early years’ education. The Nursery class is led by two experienced teachers who work with a range of other skillful and knowledgeable early years practitioners.

In St Monica’s Nursery, we are deeply committed to providing high quality education and care in a friendly, safe and happy environment. Children learn and develop in our big, bright classroom and large outdoor area through a wide range of rich learning experiences and sensitive adult support. Our indoor classroom leads directly to our outdoor learning environment, which we share with the school’s Reception classes. Our large outdoor area has a paved area, an undercover area and some mature trees and grass. The children can go outside whatever the weather.

The Nursery has an excellent range of resources to support the children’s learning. We value our environment and resources and teach the children to do the same. Our learning spaces are organised to enable children to independently access all areas and resources.

We support and develop children’s learning through a combination of planned play, child-initiated activities and adult-led learning opportunities which are relevant to the individual interests and needs of each child. All children are supported to make progress according to their unique needs and abilities.

Each child has a Learning Journey book, which is a record of their learning and development. This is developed by the Nursery staff and we also welcome contributions from families. Learning Journeys are shared regularly with children, parents and carers.

We recognise that parents and carers are their child’s first teachers and believe that they have an important role in working in partnership with the Nursery staff. There are many ways that parents can be involved in their children’s learning at our Nursery:-

  • Before children start in Nursery, we make a home visit to give children a chance to meet us in an environment in which they are comfortable and to give parents a chance to ask us any questions and to tell us about their child.
  • We have regular consultations to discuss children’s progress.
  • Staff are happy to talk to parents at the beginning or end of each session.
  • We have parent notice boards, photograph books, weekly parent notes and displays to inform adults about children’s activities and the curriculum.
  • We hold regular ‘Stay and Play’ sessions, which give parents and carers an opportunity to stay for part of the Nursery session with their child.