We hope that you and your family will enjoy and benefit from being part of our Nursery. Great Heath Nursery offers 104 part time places to children aged 3 and 4 years. The Nursery serves the children of Mildenhall and the surrounding villages including Beck Row, Icklingham, Lakenheath, Red Lodge, Tuddenham and West Row. If you are considering applying for a place in our nursery you may find this admissions document useful – Nursery Admissions Policy
You are welcome to visit nursery and meet the staff, where we can discuss our curriculum and routines. Please ring the school reception to arrange a visit with Mrs Mitchinson.
Mrs Emily Mitchinson – Assistant Principal Lower School
Miss Ruth Cresswell – EYFS Leader
Miss Gemma Clarke – Nursery Teacher
Mrs Paula Murphy – Nursery Nurse
Mrs Caroline Hough – Nursery Nurse
Mrs Tracey Smith – Nursery Nurse & Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Sarah Dootson – Nursery Nurse & Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Pat Brown – Lunchtime Supervisor
We offer 15 hour spaces for all children and some availability for 30 hours where parents meet criteria.
Morning Session – 8.45 am – 11.45 am
Afternoon Session – 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
In Nursery, emphasis is placed upon children learning through their play and practical activities. We see the ‘classroom’ as incorporating both indoor and outdoor areas and plan a balance of activities using all our available space. The Nursery teachers plan and prepare activities as a team in accordance with the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, incorporating the 7 areas of learning:
These include the 3 prime areas
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
- and the 4 specific areas
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The Nursery aims to provide a safe and happy place where we will develop and extend the skills of your child. We hope you will work with us in continuing to educate your child during their time in the Nursery. This partnership is very important and we look forward to your support.
My Learning Journey
Your child’s progress and future learning needs are assessed and recorded through our online learning journeys, also known as Tapestry. This is a secure website, where staff will update observations, and information about what we have been learning about in Nursery. Parents are invited to contribute to their children’s learning journeys. Learning Journeys are always accessible to you and we welcome any comments made and reports of achievements at home. At the end of your child’s time in the Nursery, their files will be passed to their next school.
There is also a ‘WOW’ wall outside each classroom. This is a space where you can record any proud achievements made outside Nursery, and share them with everyone.
The Nursery runs a morning class which is called Apple, and an afternoon class called Cherry. The routine is the same for both sessions, the children arrive and a register is taken at the door. Children are then encouraged to independently select activities and resources, both indoors and outside. A healthy snack is available throughout the session, with a choice of milk and water. At the end of the session, we have short circle time, where we sing, read stories, and have short discussions. All activities are planned carefully; some are adult focused and others are child initiated. We have small group times when children work with their adults on developing and extending concepts and skills necessary to enable their further development. Activities may include basic literacy work, looking at simple mathematical ideas such as numbers or shape, singing and social skills. Activities are of a practical nature and accessible to all children.
We are very lucky to be able to use the main hall in Great Heath Primary School for our P.E. and movement sessions. It is the parents’/carer’s responsibility to ensure that all jewellery, including earrings, is removed on this day. Any child wearing jewellery will be unable to take part.
The Nursery participates in the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Each child is provided with a piece of fruit and a carton of milk that they are free to choose during a session. Water is always available and accessible to the children. During snack time the children converse with the other children and their adults, perhaps talking about what they have done that day, or what they like doing at home.
We have a positive behaviour policy. This means we prefer to encourage good behaviour. We expect and require the children to behave in a polite and courteous manner thereby creating a happy and secure atmosphere within the Nursery. We place emphasis on the development of self discipline and believe this is best developed by positive attitude and example. Should the behaviour of any child cause concern we will contact parents/carers and discuss the matter in confidence. If we deem that your child’s behaviour is unacceptable, for example, biting, it is our policy to contact you and ask you to collect them. If you have any problems or questions please contact us immediately.
Special Educational Needs
Consideration is given to children who have special educational needs. Access to the Nursery is made easier by ramps at all doorways. The building is of a single storey design. Doorways to the building are of sufficient width to enable wheelchair access. The toilet area includes a shower unit. Training of staff to support children with special educational needs is provide by the Local Education Authority (LEA), and is continually updated to meet individual requirements. The staff have the support and expertise of a full team of LEA specialists and advisors. In addition there is continuous liaison between Nursery staff, social services, the Health services and the County schools which specialise in the education of children requiring additional support.
Please let us know if your child is ill and unable to attend Nursery. If your child becomes unwell during the session we will contact you. If your child is undergoing medical treatment of any kind or taking medicine, please let us know as it may affect their performance at Nursery. If your child suffers with asthma, please read and complete an Asthma policy and return it Nursery, along with any medication and instructions.
IF YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS, WORKPLACE, TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE NAME/ADDRESS OF YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT, PLEASE MAKE SURE WE ARE INFORMED.
We do have an information board for parents and carers which you will find in the entrance area. Please watch this space for details of general notices, term dates and information about activities which your child will take part in during the week.
We request that you do not allow your child to bring sweets and toys to Nursery. However, we understand that there may be special times when your child may wish to bring something to show their teacher. Should a Nursery toy find its way to your home, please return it to a member of staff who will quietly welcome it back!
Ways to help your child
- Think positively! Try to be relaxed about the new experience of the Nursery. Keep any fears to yourself and then discuss it with a member of the Nursery team, but please, not in front of your child. Nursery will be a new experience for both of you.
- Don’t arrive too early. Just a few minutes before the start of the session is fine.
- It may help to tell your child what they will be doing while they are at Nursery. Knowing that your normal routine will continue is reassuring. Some children worry about their parent being lonely if they are not at home.
- You are welcome to stay and settle your child. When you are ready to go, tell a member of staff so that they can be with your child. Please then leave promptly.
- Don’t worry if your child is reluctant to let you go. A trained member of staff will be there to help. Some children settle well initially, and then may express slight reluctance to stay on occasions. Please be patient – we all have an “off day” from time to time!
- Always be on time to collect your child. He/she expects you to be there at the end of the session.
- If you are not collecting your child please tell the staff who will be. If you are unavoidably detained, please let the Nursery know so we can reassure your child.
- Encourage your child to dress/undress independently at home. Do provide clothing that your child can manage when he/she goes to the toilet.
- Try to ensure that your child is toilet trained
- Most important of all, if you have any worries at all about your child, his or her progress or general development, come and discuss them with the Nursery staff. We are here to help.
We run a successful lunchtime club in the Nursery, from 11.45 am until 12.30 pm. The club is run by two lunchtime supervisors who report to the Nursery staff. Each session costs £3.00 and the children are required to bring their own packed lunch. Session fees are expected to be paid half termly in advanced, using the school online payment system. Lunchtime club is extremely popular so please speak to a member of the Nursery team if you are interested and your child’s name can be added to the waiting list.