Nursery

A Warm Welcome

Our aim at Shipley is to promote aspiration and achievement through a rich and varied range of experiences and opportunities and provide an education that equips all learners with the emotional, spiritual and moral intelligence to lead them through a successful and healthy life. Our vision was created in collaboration with our school community and we are delighted that you have chosen to join our school and share our vision of what education should provide for the children of Shipley.

This is the start of yours and your child’s journey with us and it is their first step in building the strong foundations needed to become a Lifelong Learner. This first year in a school setting is centred around nurturing and play based learning taught by embracing a breadth of opportunities in a creative and caring setting to challenge inquisitive minds in a supportive, homely environment.

At Shipley we welcome parents into school and value communication between school and home. If you ever need to talk to someone about your child we operate an open door policy. Please contact your child’s key person either before or after school or you can make an appointment via the school office to see the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or class teacher. We are here to help.

A Smith, Head Teacher

Nursery Hours

There is a universal entitlement to free childcare for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year for all parents/carers (a total of 570 hours per year).

We offer 4 options in our Nursery:

Option 1 - 5 Mornings: Start at   8.45am. Finish at 11.45am.     

Option 2 - 5 Afternoons: Start at 12.30pm. Finish at 3.30pm.

Option 3 - 2.5 days. All day Monday, Tuesday (8.45am to 3.30pm) and Wednesday morning (8.45am until 11.45am).  Packed lunch is needed or a school lunch can be bought for £1.45.

Option 4 - 2.5 days. Wednesday afternoon (12.30pm until 3.30pm) and all day Thursday, Friday (8.45am to 3.30pm).  Packed lunch is needed or a school lunch can be bought for £1.45.

We also have a number of places to offer full time which would be 5 full days (30 hours) at a cost of £75 per week, or £15 per session.  Please speak to Nursery staff for availability.

30 Hours

From September 2017, working parents will be entitled to up to 570 hours of additional funded hours; the additional hours are extra to the universal entitlement of 570 hours.  The additional hours will be available to eligible children aged 3 at the start of the term following their 3rd birthday until the child is attending school reception.

If you are you looking for support with childcare costs, the new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer and brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time.  To find out more and to check if you are eligible for the extra funded hours, go to the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

Learning in the Foundation Phase

Nursery children follow a programme designed to help them develop through the age and stages up to 30-50 months. These are targets that most children are expected to achieve by the time they leave the Nursery class. This will provide a firm foundation for Reception class. We believe that children learn best from practical experience and all areas of the curriculum are delivered in this way as much as possible.

Water

The children are provided with a beaker and encouraged to drink water throughout the day. If the children have access to water it improves concentration and learning.

During the summer the children receive a water bottle which is kept filled up with fresh water daily so that children can have a drink when outside.

Behaviour

In the Nursery, we begin to follow the school behaviour policy. We expect good behaviour from children in our care and we teach them our Shipley Code. Aggressive play and

unnecessarily loud voices are discouraged. We teach the children how to use both indoor and outdoor areas safely.  Children are encouraged to be physically active.

Religious Character

Our school has a Church of England religious character. We have close links with our local church and visit a number of times a year to come together as a family. Shipley welcomes worshippers from different faiths to join us at these occasions to share moments of reflection and prayer as well as celebration and togetherness. We hope that you will join us on these occasions.