The Pre-School and Nursery classes are based in modern, extremely well-resourced premises on Holman Street and are managed by the main school. Although a short distance from the main school the Pre-School and Nursery classes are very much a part of the whole school community and mirror the ethos and high expectations of Haydon Abbey.
Admissions are controlled by the school and we can offer up to 60 places in each setting - 30 morning and 30 afternoon (120 places in all).
Admission criteria for Pre-School - children in receipt of 2 year old funding, the term following their second birthday, or if they don’t qualify for the 2 year old funding, the term following a child’s third birthday.
Admission criteria for Nursery - children who turn 4 during the current academic year until they are eligible for Reception.
We only offer five morning sessions or five afternoon sessions. The session times are as follows:
Mornings: 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Afternoons: 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm
In order to establish if you are eligible for the two year old funding please use the following link: www.buckscc.gov.uk/2yearfunding
The children learn through structured play, investigation and exploration following the Early Years Curriculum set by the DfE. They are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities.
Miss Sullivan - Pre-School Leader
Mrs Dyson, Mrs Capper - Key Workers
Mrs Locke - LSA supports the entire Early Years Department
Mrs Jones & Mrs Mander - Nursery Teachers
Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Locke & Mrs Kinch - Key Workers
In Pre-school & Nursery the children are encouraged to explore the very large, and well equipped, indoor and outdoor areas of the setting and take part in small group activities. We call this ‘Busy Bee Time.’ All members of staff will work closely with and, play and learn, alongside all the children. Throughout the session we provide a “rolling snack” for the children, where we encourage them to prepare their own snacks and drinks. We provide water, milk, toast, raisins and a variety of fruit.
In Pre-school & Nursery our topics change frequently due to the children’s interests. Each week you will receive a ‘Home Links’ sheet. This will give you information about our topic and some ideas to try at home with your child, as we feel parent, carer and teacher relationships are valuable to our children’s learning.
As you may have noticed each child has their own section of display to celebrate their achievements within Pre-school & 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. You are welcome to look in their folders when you bring the children into Pre-school or Nursery at the beginning of the session. You’re welcome to bring in things from home for us to add to their board, Perhaps a drawing they have done 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 which is sent home at the end of the academic year.
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.
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 petal to go on our Pre-school & Nursery Sunflowers 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.
The children will visit forest school on a Friday morning (morning session children only) and Friday afternoon (afternoon session children only) so all of our children are able to explore and learn in a different environment. Please could the children come to school dressed in their forest school kit (long sleeved top and bottoms, wellington boots and weather appropriate items such as a sun hat and rain coat).
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 Pre-school or Nursery 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 Pre-school or Nursery.
If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff.
Should you like to visit the Pre-School site, please contact the school to arrange an appointment - 01296 482 278.
If you would like to apply for a place in Pre-School or Nursery please complete the application form. Click here.