Nursery and Kindergarten

Children at St Hilary's Nursery and Kindergarten enjoy a wide range of activities, creatively delivered from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. 

Upon entering Nursery and Kindergarten, there is always a happy buzz of children playing and learning.  Activities are planned both inside and outside and each is tailored to every child's individual interests through topic work and the children's development.

The EYFS requires every child to have a Key Person to whom their parent can turn to for information, reassurance and to share concerns.  In Nursery and Kindergarten, this is a designated member of the team.  Each Key Person is responsible for collating assessment information about their children.  Assessment is on-going through written observations of the children's play and learning and may be recorded in the form of photographs, discussion with other staff and examples of their work.

At St Hilary's, we work in close partnership with parents and value free lines of communication.  Staff are available to talk to parents at the beginning and end of each session, sharing information about the children's learning and development.  We hold parents' meetings and have `Stay and Play' mornings.  Our staff are well qualified, experienced and dedicated to a child-centred approach to learning.

All staff have high expectations of the boys and girls and use this information to identify individual targets and next steps for learning, so that each child can be challenged and supported to reach their potential and progress can be monitored.

EYFS provision at St Hilary's:

 
  • Nursery for 2 - 3 year olds

  • Kindergarten for 3 - 4 year olds

  • Reception for 4 - 5 year olds

Nursery and Kindergarten begin their day from 8.30am, with registration at 9am.  There are two sessions available during each day, with the morning session in Nursery ending at 12pm and Kindergarten at 12.30pm.  Any Nursery child who has an older sibling in Kindergarten may stay for lunch until 12.30pm if parents prefer.

The afternoon session begins at 12.30pm and ends at 3.30pm for Nursery and 4pm for Kindergarten.

A hot meal is provided for children who attend Kindergarten and for Nursery children who either have a full day, or a sibling in Kindergarten who stays for lunch.
 

Parents may have a choice of sessions, which are subject to availability

A minimum of three sessions is required for children 2 - 3 years

A minimum of five sessions is required for children 3 - 4 years

We offer before and after school care and this information can be found on our School Day page.

Busy Bees Toddler Group

We also run a Busy Bees Toddler Group for children aged 1 - 2 years and their parents on Tuesday afternoons (2 - 3pm) in term time.  The cost is £1 and the group gives the children opportunity to familiarise themselves with our setting and other children.  All are welcome.

 

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