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Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

We plant the seeds and help them grow


Welcome to Nursery Class


Welcome to all our new parents and children. We hope you are ready for an exciting adventure with our Nursery Class.


The Nursery Class is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Unit and is located in our new building next to Haydon Abbey Pre-school.


The aim of the Nursery Class is to build a bridge between your child’s Pre-School learning so far and the routines of the Reception which will be their next stage of learning. We take our guidance from the same Early Years Curriculum that you and your child will be familiar with from Pre-School.


Introducing The Nursery Team   


Mrs Damerell - Class Teacher 

Mrs Nicholson - Senior LSA

Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Locke & Mrs Kinch - LSA's



Each day at Nursery is full of fun learning through play either outdoor or indoor. During the day we have a whole class session led by the class teacher and small group activities led by each key worker. We are always encouraging the children to choose an activity where, with adult support the children are developing their learning. We call this ‘Busy Bee Time’.


During the year we have various topics which change frequently due to the children’s interests. We will start our year with helping your child get to know our routine. We also shall be talking about ourselves and favourite things to explore.


As part of Haydon Abbey School we are sharing the same values and expectations to help our children be ready for the adventure at Reception class.


Learning Journeys 

Each child has their own section of display to celebrate their achievements within Nursery. On this display there is also a folder for each child. This is where we keep the work, photos and activities the children have been doing in school. You are welcome to look in their folders when you bring the children to school in the morning. We would also like you to add things to their folders. Perhaps a drawing they have done at home or a photograph of them doing something at the weekend. The contents of their folders are then added to each child’s individual Learning Journey.


Forest School

Not currently doing while work being carried out at new secondary school.   

Please can children come to nursery dressed for forest school.  They will need to wear old joggers/tracksuit bottoms, layers of warm clothing, waterproof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves & wellies - waterproof dungarees provided by school.



At Haydon Abbey we operate a password system for the safety of our pupils. If someone other than the usual person is coming to collect your child you must give them your child’s password. It is also extremely important that you inform the school if anyone else is due to collect your child. If an unfamiliar adult comes to collect your child we will request the password and if the adult cannot provide the password we will not allow them to take your child from school.


Wow Cards

In Nursery we encourage the parents to share their children’s achievements from home with school. We do this by sending home Wow Cards for you to fill out of your child’s ‘wow’ moments. This could be anything from making something special to playing with their siblings.


Sunflower Value

As part of the whole school we focus on one school value a term; we encourage the children to show this value through their everyday play. When the children are seen showing the value they receive a certificate to go on our Nursery Sunflower and they have a certificate to take home. When your child brings home their certificate please encourage them to tell you why they have received it. 


Home Links

We believe that communication is the key to your child’s success and to great parent/teacher relationships. We would encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at any time. We will also do our part by sending home a weekly letter home - which will be found under "For Pupils" Homework. This letter will include information on what we shall be doing in each area of learning, as well as things that are coming up.


We look forward to working with you throughout the year.


Mrs Damerell

Nursery Teacher