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Our Nursery Archive: 2019 - 2020

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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

Tracey Chambers and Jade Beattie


Deputy Manager

Emma Gidley


Nursery Assistants

Louise Stephens

Eve Winsper

Gayle Paterson

Catherine Vanderson


Sports Leader

Kyle Nicholls


Forest School Leader

Lesley Ashmore

Meet our lovely Nursery team.

Nursery is back.  

Over the past two and a half weeks we have been so pleased to welcome back our little bubbles of nursery children. We have three lovely bubbles ‘Buzzy bubble’, ‘Butterfly bubble’ and ‘Balloon bubble’. Every child has wowed us with their ability to come back to nursery after such a long time away and to adapt to our new routine. 
We have had so much fun both in the sunshine and rain, getting reacquainted and having fun with friends. 

Buzzy bubble

Balloon bubble


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Butterfly bubble


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As we part for Easter we will leave you with some important information and also some additional activity ideas to keep you all entertained over the break. We wish you all a lovely Easter, it will be different to how we usually celebrate at this time but take this time to enjoy time as a family and hopefully the sun will shine for us. 

Virtual Easter Bonnet Parade 


Our virtual Easter Bonnet Parade is next Friday (10th April). 


If your child would like to take part please take a picture of your child wearing their Easter bonnet. If you are happy for your child to be on the school or nursery Facebook page then please upload directly to the page.


For children in Nursery, Reception, 1 and 2 please email photos to indicating if you would like the picture on the school website.


Please note no children will be named.

Elmer with Mrs Vanderson

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We thought we would leave you with one more story before Easter. Enjoy Elmer with Mrs Vanderson and after the story you may like to create your own Elmer following Mrs Vanderson's instructions.


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Online Classes 

There are so many wonderful online resources and classes out there at the moment, many which are free. I felt a little overwhelmed with it all on social media last week. However this morning Ivy and I tried our first online toddler class and we both really enjoyed it. I would say that this one is mainly aimed at our younger Nursery children however even my eight year old dipped in and out. If you would like to give it a go search on Facebook 'Social Distance Tots', the lady runs the class every day at 10.30am and prior to that gives you a simple list of the things you will need during the class. 


If you have been involved in any online classes which you think other Nursery parents and children might enjoy, please email me the details and I will add it onto the end of this post.

Our Sun Catcher 

Ivy enjoyed making her sun catcher today. She is a little young to understand the true meaning of Easter so it was a lovely little introduction to a celebration that is so much more than just about chocolate. 

Forest School at home. 


This morning we got ourselves outside while the sun was out and collected everything we needed to create a Forest school decorated Easter egg. I prepared the egg in advance by cutting it out of card and sticking lines of double sided tape across, this made it really easy for Ivy to add all her garden treasures.  

Story of the week with Miss Beattie - 'The Odd Egg'

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Number songs with Mrs Gidley

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Spread the sunshine 

Spread the positivity this week and add a sunshine to your window display. It will make everyone smile and will keep all the little ones engaged during our daily exercise walks. 

Creating sunshine inside and out

Home learning (Week beginning 30.03.20)


Hello everyone, we hope lasts week went well for you all. I have been looking in on Tapestry regularly and it is lovely to see how much brilliant learning and fun is taking place at home. 

The weekly plan for this week is around the theme of Easter again, this follows what would have been taking place in Nursery this week. Again there are links to follow to support some sessions and some printable documents linked to activities, however these can always be created at home if you don't have access to a printer. 


Enjoy and most importantly have lots of fun together this week!


Singing our favourite songs with Mrs Gidley

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A jar of hopes 


This is an idea that I have decided to magpie and start at home with my own family. 


'Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we're going to write it down on a post it note and put it in a jar. 


When all this is over, this will be our bucket list and we'll work our way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives.


Until then, we'll enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.'


This may help ease little minds, they will be able to see the promise of their beloved things happening in the future. By putting their thought in the jar they know that you won't forget. 

Forest School at home


Ivy took part in our little Forest School session at home and throughly enjoyed making a nest for her 'birdie', she was eager to ensure he was super comfy by making him a grass pillow. Hope you are all having some fun in the sunshine today. 

Create a rainbow.


Why not create a rainbow together? People are displaying rainbows in their windows to lift peoples spirits and  to give everyone something to look out for when taking daily exercise. Some of our Nursery children have already begun this and it has been wonderful to see them popping up on Tapestry. I look forward to seeing some more. Get creative, you could use paint, pens, crayons or collage. 

Here is Penny's beautiful rainbow.

Rainbow painting in the sunshine.

Home learning


Hi all, we hope you are keeping safe and well at home.


We are uploading a version of our weekly planning for you to access at home. I have simplified it to include one adult lead activity per session as we are aware that you do not have the man power that we do at nursery to run multiple activities at a time. There are online links on the plan for you to follow to support some of the activities. I will also add some downloaded items which can be printed at home to aid activities, however if you do not have access to a printer all of these can be created at home easily. 


We understand that these are difficult times and it is impossible to replicate a full nursery day at home. We urge you to take the pressure off yourselves as parents, you don't have to follow a timetable. Please do what suits you and your family on each differing day, and use our ideas as and when you wish.  


Most importantly read books, play outside, have dance parties, facetime family and friends, cook together, play together and have fun. Ultimately play is how children learn. 



Please keep us updated with all the learning and fun you get up to at home via Tapestry. We always love to see how each of the children are progressing and developing. It is more important than ever at the moment that we all stay connected to support, celebrate and engage with each other. All key workers will be checking in on Tapestry regularly and look forward to seeing what your little ones are up to. 


If you would like to share any activity ideas with other parents or share your child's achievements please email me a photograph and a short explanation and I will upload here on the Nursery page. 



World Book Day


We had the most wonderful day celebrating World Book Day. All the children enjoyed being dressed up as their favorite book characters. We enjoyed lots of fun activities relating to some of our favorite books. For example we made a tea party for 'The tiger who came to eat', made magical potions for 'Room on the broom' and made gruffalo masks for 'The Gruffalo'. 

People who help us. 

This half term we have been learning all about 'People who help us'. We have had a hospital role play where we all had chance to be doctors, nurses and patients. We took great care of each other and enjoyed making one and other feel better. Also throughout the weeks we have enjoyed partaking in fire fighter training and putting out some 'fires' using spray bottles of water. We now have a post office in the role play area and have been enjoying posting letters and parcels, taking turns at delivering and sorting parcels into large and small postal bags.  

A special guest. 

On Tuesday morning a special guest came to visit us at nursery to support us with our 'People who help us' topic. Dr Turner came (he is Matilda's Daddy) and the children had the opportunity to ask him questions and even have a look at some of the medical equipment he uses every day to help people to feel better. 

A trip to the Post Office. 

As the children were enjoying playing in the role play post office so much we decided to take the opportunity of having a real post office in our village to take a trip and see it in action. Before the visit the children prepared some letters and pictures and put them into envelopes to post to Mrs Bamford. They walked to the post office bought themselves a stamp and posted their letter in the post box. 

Nursery and Reception class farm trip. 

Last week we enjoyed the most wonderful festive trip to Umberslade farm. 

We enjoyed a host of brilliant activities and experiences during our time there including playing on the super slippy slides early in the morning, being involved in a live nativity where we were all able to dress up, meeting and feeding the barn animals, holding and cuddling the small animals, playing in the play barn and best of all meeting Father Christmas. Our trip was finished off in style as we traveled back down the farm drive towards school on the tractor and trailer. The children's behaviour and manners during the trip was outstanding and all staff were so proud of how grown up everyone was while we were out. 


Farm trip continued.

Week beginning 11th November 2019


Our new topic for this half term is celebrations, each week we are focusing on a different celebration. Last week we focused on bonfire night and explored many exciting activities which involved fireworks, bonfires and sparklers. We particularly enjoyed our boogie beats session where we got to move around the room like different fireworks. 

This week we have thought all about remembrance and poppies. We have focused on how we use poppies to help us to remember people who help us. Miss Beattie and Mrs Gidley joined the remembrance services on the green with the preschool children and were so proud of their excellent behaviour​​​​​​. During the week we have celebrated poppies through craft, making biscuits and even setting up our own little role play poppy shop. 

Forest school 23rd October 2019


We would like to say a big thank you to the huge turn out of parents and carers that we had join us for our end of term forest school fire. It was wonderful to see so many grown ups enjoying time with their little ones and seeing how much fun we get up to over at our fabulous forest school. 

Week beginning 14th October 2019.


We have had a very busy week at Nursery this week. We have started our two week celebration of Autumn. Our story of the week was 'Stone soup' this lead to us making and tasting our own soup. We also made stone soup in the role play area and tough spot with real vegetables. Also in our fun filled week we have been on listening walks, practicing our early writing skill, painting vegetables, going on a leaf hunt in the church grounds and much much more.    

Week beginning 23rd September 2019


This week we have been enjoying the last bit of sunshine, along with lots of rain which created us the most wonderful mud at Forest school. We are working hard to become independent, we love washing up our own plates and cups after snack time. 

Week beginning 16th September 2019


This week in Nursery as part of our 'Me, myself and I' topic we have been thinking all about ourselves. To celebrate ourselves we have been painting pictures of ourselves, making biscuit faces and creating play dough faces. We have also been singing 'head, shoulders, knees and toes.'


On Monday afternoon we discovered more blackberries had grown down on the football field, we collected up as many as we could reach. We were excited to take our pickings over to Forest school and get messy squishing them and painting with the wonderful purple juice.  

We were also excited this week to have a very special baby visitor. He came to visit us with his Mummy, we watched him kick around and gurgle and thought all about what it was like when we were babies.

The visit prompted lots of lovely baby role play with all the children in the Nursery later on in the week.

Fun in Nursery