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Our Nursery 2020-2021

Welcome to Tanworth-in-Arden Nursery


For information, bookings and viewings, please call:

Tel School Office: 01564 742284


We are Ofsted rated to provide care for 38 children within our dedicated nursery facilities.

We'd be delighted to show you around our facilities and introduce you to a fantastic environment for your child's early years.

If you are interested in a place at our nursery please contact the nursery office on 01564 742284 to make an appointment.

Our Nursery Staff



Mrs Shelley Bamford


Nursery Managers

Emma Gidley and Jade Beattie


Deputy Manager

Louise Stephens


Nursery Assistants

Eve Winsper

Gayle Paterson

Rachel Speight

Abigail Ashmore


Forest School Leader

Lesley Ashmore

Getting ready for school checklist

Preschool children only.

During our parents meetings many asked what they can be doing at home to get their preschool children ready for school in September. Here is a handy list of skills you can work on at home to support children for being ready for Reception class. You will also receieve a paper copy this week along with your child's 'Bookstart' reading folder. 

Nursery life (Week beginning 26th April) 

This week has been all about exploring the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The children have loved this story and it had been lovely to see them retelling the story in their own way in different areas of the nursery, tough tray area, small world and outdoor construction. I love hearing them repeat the familiar story phrases for example “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge” As part of our story telling the children have also enjoyed constructing lots of bridges this week, and testing them out. They loved using their imagination to close their eyes and think about what the troll would look like in their own story. The children came up with so many interesting  ideas and loved putting these down on paper when they painted their troll. Finally we had a very exciting visit from the Year 4 chicks on Tuesday morning, the children were fascinated in watching them and were thrilled to be able to have a cuddle. 

Tadpole update 

This week at Forest School we took our tadpoles for a visit and Mrs Ashmore helped us to clean out their tank. We found a lot of tadpole poo in there and the children were fascinated by this! They now have a sparkly clean tank and can see how much they’ve grown. 

Nursery life (Week beginning 19th April)

Hoping everyone had a lovely restful Easter break and managed to get out into the sunshine. This week we have begun our new topic 'Traditional tales', we began by exploring the story of 'The three little pigs'. Over the Easter break the role play area was transformed, allowing children the opportunity to become one of the three little pigs or of cause the big bad wolf. We have enjoyed the sunshine this week and have moved most of our focused work outdoors to where the children love to be. We have even been taking the register outside! Children have enjoyed a range of activities, exploring the materials that the three pigs used to build with, crafting with them and blowing them during a science experiment. They also tried their hand at being builders, mixing their own cement (sand and water) and laying some bricks in the tough tray. 


The tadpoles were very well behaved over Easter for Mrs Ashmore and they have certainly grown. We have now brought them back into Nursery and will continue to care for a feed them for a while longer.  

Nursery life (Week beginning 26th March) 

This week has been all about Easter and with all of the unexpected sunshine, we moved all of our activities out into the garden and spent so much time out there having fun. The children have enjoyed copious amounts of water play, time in the mud kitchen and a special Easter hunt at Forest School with an Easter treat at the end. In addition to this there have been lots more Easter activities including making bunny biscuits, designing Easter eggs and potato printing eggs. Our story of the week was ‘We’re going on an egg hunt’ by Martha Mumford. 

We have been carefully watching and feeding the tadpoles and they have definitely grown. Mrs Ashmore will be taking good care of them over the Easter break. 

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy Easter. 

Tadpole update.

Wonderful Easter bonnets for the parade! 

Nursery life (Week beginning 22nd March) 

This week as we continued with our focus of ‘Spring’ and began to think about the life cycle of a butterfly. The natural choice for story of the week was ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this story and have shown a great understanding of the life cycle of a butterfly when telling us which life stage will happen next. 
In celebration of the food loving caterpillar a fruit and veg stall popped up in the role play area where children could buy and sell all the caterpillars favourite treats. In addition to this children have been involved in butterfly symmetry painting, caterpillar maths work, making fruit caterpillar snacks and much much more. 

We were also very excited this week to see that our frogspawn had hatched and we now have lots of lovely little tadpoles swimming around in the tank. The children are absolutely fascinated with them and keep returning to observe them. 

Tadpole update!

Nursery life (Week beginning 15th March) 

This week we have began thinking about signs of spring. We have had some lovely walks around the school grounds spotting, buds, flowers and baby animals. We took the children’s lead and interest this week and focused our planning on the life cycle of the frog. Last week the children took such a keen interest in the frogs in the pond and this interest has continued to grow and blossom this week. With thanks going to Mrs Ashmore we have now welcomed our own frogspawn into the Nursery, placed on the interest table for children to observe. We will watch this develop over the coming weeks and once our tadpoles hatch we will release them back into the Forest School pond. 

Collecting the frogspawn

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Crazy hair day for Comic relief. 

Nursery life (Week beginning 8th March) 

This week as we continue to think about ‘People who help us’ we began to think a little more about the emergency services, who they are and how they help us. We also quickly learned the three numbers we need to dial if we need to call them for help. So far this week the children have enjoyed being police officers in the role play area and in their police car. They have also been outside being firefighters and fighting ‘fires’ using the water spray bottles. In a nod to science week the children did a special experiment to make their own fire extinguisher foam.
However what the Nursery children have enjoyed most this week is having their siblings back in school, being able to see and wave to the in the garden and in the lunch hall. 

Science experiment

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World Book Day 2021

This year to celebrate World Book Day we focused on the book ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra. Children enjoyed a variety of exciting activities throughout the day including designing their own superhero potato character, counting and mashing the evil peas, creating the evil pea from a paper plate, rescuing vegetables in the outdoor area and much much more. 

Nursery life (WB 1st March) 

This week we have continued our ‘People who help us’ topic by focusing on real super hero’s. To support our learning, our story of the week has been ‘Real superheroes’ by Julia seal. This story has helped the children to reflect on how we are helped and saved by real people around us every day. The children have produced some lovely drawings showing which of the real superheroes they would like to be when they grow up. They have also been spending lots of time in the baby clinic, making the babies better, bathing them and caring for them. We even saw a pop up teddy bear clinic come to Forest School for any of the injured bears over there. 

Nursery life (WB 22nd February) 

Firstly I hope everyone had a lovely half term.
This week we have begun a new topic ‘People who help us’. We have had lots of lovely group discussions about the people who help us in our lives and what they do to help us. We have kickstarted the ‘People who help us’ topic with a mini focus on hairdressers. Children have enjoyed visiting as customers and working as hairdressers in our nursery salon within the role play area. The grown up have enjoyed visiting too! Children have also enjoyed designing their own hair styles, blow painting hair, creating wigs and washing the hair of the babies at the baby washing station. 
Our letter focus of the week in the writing area has continued with ‘q’, we continued to think of things which began with this letter. We also sang lots of nursery rhymes to practice our singing and rhyming skills. 

Nursery life (WB 8th February ) 

This week our focus has been all about Chinese New Year (Friday 12th February ). We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring all things Chinese, including food tasting, having a go at Chinese writing, watching dragon dances, creating our own dragon, making Chinese lanterns, opening a Chinese restaurant in the role play area and creating races in the hall to represent ‘The great race’ of the animals. Plus much much more. 
We were also blessed with some snow and lots of ice at Forest school this week. Although cold, the children found exploring Forest school in these conditions fascinating. 
Our letter focus of the week in the writing area was ‘q’, we began to think of things which began with this letter, we will continue with this letter after half term. We also sang lots of nursery rhymes to practice our singing and rhyming skills. 


Finally wishing everyone a very happy half term! 

The Great Race

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Snowy Forest School

We also said a fond goodbye to Reverend Paul Cudby this week. 

Nursery life (WB 1st February) 


This week our story of the week has been one of our all time favourites ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, I will share a link of the story being read below. 

We have had so much fun retelling the story in different ways. We have made collages of the different areas, made sensory bottles, created story spoons, gone on a bare foot walk, made paper plate bears and gone on a bear hunt around the hall during our PE session to name just a few of the activities.  However my favourite moment of the week was seeing the children on their feet reading the whole story along with me including full actions and plenty of enthusiasm. 

Bare foot walk

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Nursery Life (WB 25th Jan) 


We were so pleased to see lots of the lovely little nursery faces return this week. We understand that some children are still isolating at home so I will be adding lots of photos each week so you can see what we are up to in nursery and if you want to replicate any of the activities or stories  at home then you can. Please share on Tapestry as we love to see everyone playing and learning at home. 

This week as you know from the video below our story of the week was ‘Alan’s Big Scary Teeth’ by Jarvis, this prompted lots of alligator filled activities. We have painted pictures of Alan the alligator, built a 3D model of Alan, taken part in jungle yoga, been vets in the role play area, created play dough alligators and much much more spontaneous play and learning.  Plus we had the best time playing in the snow and having a fire at forest school.  

‘Alan’s Big Scary Teeth’ activities

Welcome Back!

Myself and the Nursery staff are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back this week.

To get us all started for the week ahead I have recorded our new story of the week 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth' for you to watch below. We will be exploring more jungle animal filled activities throughout the week in Nursery.

However in true early early style we feel it is very important to be spontaneous and explore nature at every opportunity. So for our activities today we suggest you wrap up warm and explore the snow and ice outside in your garden. It is also very important to cuddle back up inside afterwards with a hot chocolate and a biscuit. So enjoy, have fun together and we will see you from Tuesday onwards. (Please continue to share photos on Tapestry, it has been lovely to see all the 'Dear Zoo' fun that everyone has had.) 

Alan's Big Scary Teeth

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Monday activities, 'Snow and ice fun'

We have found so many fun ways to use the snow in our garden, making a snow bear, having a snowball fight, making snow ice creams and filling the sand tray with snow to create some snow castles. We have also saved some snow in the freezer to use later this afternoon. We will be using this inside in the tough tray with some small world people and props. 

Hello from isolation


Hello all from myself and the nursery team, we hope you are all keeping well at home and we look forward to seeing you back at Nursery very soon. 

To support you at home during this coming week I have added a video of myself reading the story of the week 'Dear zoo'. 

I will also add two activity ideas each evening ready for the following day. Please feel no pressure to follow these activities but use them if you wish. Rest assured the ideas will be very simple and easy to set up partly because I know everyone has an extremely busy home life at the moment with working, home schooling and everything else and partly because like you, I only have access to the resources I already have at home. However the activities will be fun and engaging with a 'Dear zoo' theme. 

If your little one does enjoy any of the activities or any other activities at home please share with us on Tapestry as we love to see what they are up to. Finally if you would like me to share any photos for everyone to see on the website please email them to me at 

Most of all have fun and enjoy the time together. 

Dear Zoo

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Monday activity 1, 'Zoo Play Dough' 

After sharing the story 'Dear zoo' together, we found some of the animals from the story and explored the play dough with them. We used pre made play dough but you can also very easily make your own and I will add a recipe if you wish to try this. 

The play began by making some cages for the animals using play dough and lolly pop sticks, this led to some small world play where the animals were fed and tended to. 

Following this we made some play dough snakes, adding googly eyes. This led to lots of vocabulary about how long each of the snakes were and we measured them using some wooden beads. 

Monday activity 2, 'Animal painting'

After looking carefully at each of the animals in the story we talked about the animal names and researched real photos of these animals. Following this we painted pictures of some of the animals. This activity led to conversations about which colours to select and what shapes to paint. 


Tuesday activity 1, 'Animal foot prints'

Using our zoo animals, we pressed their feet into paint to create foot prints across the paper. This led to lots of conversation about colour, pattern and size of different animal foot prints. We then went on to count how many steps each animal took as they crossed he paper. Finally after having such fun in the paint it was decided that the animals would need a bubble bath. 

Tuesday activity 2, 'Animal biscuits'

We made some animal themed biscuits following a simple recipe which I will include in a link. 

Baking allowed us to practice lots of skills, measuring, pouring, mixing, rolling, cutting and most importantly eating. The biscuits were thoroughly by the whole house. 

Wednesday activity 1, 'Measuring animals'

After reading though our story of the week 'Dear zoo' again, we found all the animals to match the story. Following this we placed each animal in order of their appearance in the story. We then used cubes to place alongside each animal to measure their height. In order to find out the tallest and the smallest animal we then progressed to counting each tower of cubes and placed a number card near them representing the amount of cubes. 

Wednesday activity 2, 'Zoo tough tray'

As Wednesday would be our Forest school day we decided to get out into the fresh air and create a zoo themed tough tray. Using some toys from inside we set up different areas in the tray for different animals. We used a variety of resources we found around the house, pasta, oats, sand and water but you could use any dry ingredients to create different textures. This activity led to lots of lovely small world play, creating habitats for the different animals, arranging food and water for them. However please don't be under any illusion that the tray stayed perfectly placed or that the play remained 'on topic', before long a large bowl or porridge had been created and a porridge shop was opened. 

Thursday activity 1, 'Pasta snakes'

We began the activity by painting some tube shaped pasta with poster paint. This activity could be equally as nice without painting the pasta. We then allowed the paint to dry and continued with our snakes in the afternoon. Once dry we threaded the pasta onto different length pieces of string, this created conversation about then different length snakes ("Mummy, Daddy and baby"), we were then able to order the snakes by length and count how many pieces of pasta long each snake was.  

Thursday activity 2, 'Zoo or farm animal sorting'

Using photographs of animals and sorting sheets we turned over one photo at a time, talked about which animal it was and then decided if this animal lives at the zoo or in the farm. This then developed into us making our own zoo and farm using construction toys. We then sorted the small world animals by selecting them out of a bag (pillow case) and deciding if they should live in our farm or our zoo. We also snatched a little opportunity for writing practice when we made a sign for the farm. 

Friday activity 1, 'Dear zoo letter writing'

We decided to write to the zoo ourselves to ask for a pet. Ivy dictated to me what she wanted to say in her letter, she then wrote her own name by tracing over her letters. This developed an interest in name writing and we set up a sensory writing tray with some simple line and shape cards to copy by mark making with your finger. 

Friday activity 2, 'Cosmic yoga jungle safari' 

We completed a yoga jungle safari which was so much fun, it was lovely to do some physical activity. It was also a brilliant opportunity for us to watch, listen and follow instructions carefully.  

Christmas dinner day

All nursery Children thoroughly enjoyed trying their Christmas lunch, especially when a special visitor came to see us. 


Polar Express Day

Christmas songs 

As the festive season quickly approaches, we thought we would take the opportunity to share the Christmas songs we are learning in Nursery. Please enjoy having a sing song together at home. This will support children to learn the songs and have confidence when singing in Nursery.  



All about me


After a wonderful couple of weeks welcoming back existing children and getting to know all our new members of Nursery, we are disappointed not to spending the next week with everyone. However we thought we would use this opportunity to share with you what we would have been doing at nursery this week and then perhaps you could join in with some of these activities over the next week. Please share with us what you have been up to on Tapestry, we love to see all the fun you are having at home. 

Our planning for this week.

September Nursery fun


This is just a small glimpse of the fun we’ve been having in Nursery since returning from the summer. It has been wonderful to observe the children exploring and engaging in the new environment. 

Welcome back to Nursery. 

We are so pleased to welcome you all back to Nursery both existing friends and new. We have missed you all so much! 
We spent lots of time at Nursery last week getting everything ready for you and I thought we would give you a sneak preview of how Nursery and the garden will look. 
However we found it much too quiet without you all, so we are excited to see everyone return over the next couple of weeks.