Welcome to our Nursery Provision at Brotherton & Byram Academy
In our school, we are very proud to offer Nursery provision within our Early Years Foundation Stage, in a class team we call Esk. Children come into our provision the term following their third birthday. Depending on availability, children may also able to attend the setting as soon as they are three, however, these sessions must be paid for. Our Nursery provision works within a unit with the Reception class. This page aims to give you information about our setting, however should you require more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.
At Brotherton and Byram Academy, we work in partnership with every family to enable children to flourish through play in a caring, happy, stimulating and safe environment. We very much hope that you and your child will enjoy your time here. It is important that the children are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and as a parent, you play a vitally important role. We hope to play our part by offering your child a variety of experiences and activities designed to further their individual development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Unit is part of the main school building and can be accessed through the front playground gate. Admittance to the setting is monitored ensuring the safety of your child.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is led by Mr Greene who is an experienced Early Years teacher and is also Assistant Head of School. He is supported by a dedicated team, including Mrs Pfluger (NVQ level 3), who is also very experienced having worked in our Foundation Unit for 12 years, Miss Dickinson and Mrs Bryan, our skilled Teaching Assistants. All members of staff regularly attend training courses to further develop their understanding of childcare and to keep up to date with relevant information.
At Brotherton and Byram we recognise the importance of parents involvement in their child’s development and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s learning. We hold parents’ meetings twice a year, as well as sharing your child’s learning each term, using our online learning journey, which you will be able to access with a personal login. Every Tuesday we have ‘Stay and Play’, inviting you to join your child in Foundation. There is also a notice board upon entering the setting, as well as Bloomz and our website which keeps you updated with all the latest news and events. We are always available to discuss questions at a convenient time for both yourself and the school.
There are two classrooms in the Foundation setting which are well resourced with provision to ensure coverage of The Early Years Foundation Stage. There are also three toilets and sinks which are child size to encourage independence.
We consider outdoor play to be vital for your child’s health, development and education. We have a large outdoor play area which the children can freely access during their play. There is a bridge and den, a large sandpit, an area for construction, a water area with access to a tap, a construction site digging pit, a large amphitheatre and areas to expand children’s mark making outside of the classroom.
What your child will learn
When you ask your child what they did today the usual response is “only playing”, and this is exactly what they will have been doing! However there is much more to play than meets the eye. Your child will be learning through play. Play is natural to children and is the way in which they learn best. Through their play, they learn new skills, develop new interests, encounter new experiences and build on previous knowledge. We aim to provide a secure, caring, happy and structured environment where the children learn through meaningful play by using resources and equipment carefully selected and planned for by the staff. All activities will be planned through monitoring and assessing the children’s individual needs and emerging skills. The children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including; messy play, role play, singing/nursery rhymes, story time, phonics activities, small world and construction.
Session times are:
Morning session: 8:45am-11:45am
Lunchtime session: 11:45am-12:15pm
Afternoon session: 12:15pm-3:15pm
Each child is eligible for 15 hours of free sessions in nursery per week, with some children eligible for 30 hours. If you feel you may be entitled to 30 hours please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare. If you apply and are assessed as eligible for the 30 hours free childcare, please inform the school of the 30 hour code you will be issued with. This is funded from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday. Sessions are flexible throughout the week and can be changed subject to availability each term.
- Child attends every morning
- Child attends every afternoon
- Child attends full days (to include a lunch session)
- Child attends a mixture of mornings/afternoons/full days
If you choose to attend a full day you would be charged for the lunchtime supervision. This is priced at £2. If available, extra sessions can be purchased at a price of £13.50 per 3 hour session. You may also pay for your child to stay for lunch either before or after your child’s session begins. Children who have just had their 3rd birthday who are not yet eligible for free sessions may purchase sessions during the term of their 3rd birthday, subject to availability.
For those children who purchase extra sessions or lunchtime sessions, there is a charge of £13.50 per session and £2 for lunchtime supervision. Invoices cover half a term and should be paid in advance. Late payment will result in a charge per day and your child will not be allowed to attend the charged for sessions until payment is received.
What Ofsted said
The Early Years Foundation Stage is good and children get off to a good start.
Most children start school with skills that are below those typically expected for their age. They are helped to settle quickly into the Early Years Foundation Stage and soon make good progress. As a result, they are well prepared to start Year 1 and for many, their attainment is in line with those expected.
The quality of teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good and teachers use what they know of children’s interests and starting points to plan work that captures their imagination. This helps children settle quickly to tasks and work for sustained periods of time.
Much work has been done by staff to provide a bright and welcoming learning environment.
Pupils are kept safe.
If you are considering a place and would like to come and visit us, please get in contact to arrange a time. We have an open day once a year in the Summer for all prospective children and their parents to come and get a feel for the setting and to meet the staff and try out some of the exciting equipment and resources.
If you would like to register your child in Nursery you will need to fill out an enrolment form and return to the school office. We will get in contact with you the term prior to your child starting Nursery to invite you to a New Starters Meeting and to arrange a home visit.
Thank you for considering our Early Years Foundation Stage and we hope to see you soon!