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There are still some spaces available in the school Nursery for a Sept 2021 start. If you are interested, please complete the form below and email it to 

Nursery Application Form 

About Nursery

Monkshouse Nusery has 31 FTE (full time equivalent) places which offers a range of options for childcare including 30 hours. Children are admitted at the beginning of the school year in which they become 4. 

At Monkshouse Nursery we have great respect for all the children coming through our doors, provide a stimulating and engaging place to take their first steps in their life-long learning journey.  Children join our nursery from a number of different nurseries or straight from home. We hold open days in November and a meeting for parents during the term prior to their child starting at the nursery to find out more about us. Children are also invited to visit the nursery with their parents for stay and play sessions. 

The children are the centre of everything we do and we aim to provide a learning environment in which each unique child can inquire, engage and investigate through play. Through play, children take an interest and develop an understanding of the world around them, use their creativity to build their imagination and become confident in the roles they take on. Without the children even realising, they are developing their dexterity and physical skills, becoming communicators and mathematicians, fine tuning their resilience and determination as well as building the important foundations for cognitive and emotional development.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum

Focuses on 4 main themes; A Unique Child, Positive elationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development. Through these, staff look at how each child is a competent learner, how they build friendships and relationships with key people and how the environment in which they are in contributes to their extended learning and development as well as respecting the different ways that each child learns.

There are 7 defined areas of learning:

Prime areas: which underpin everything we do in the Nursery  Specific areas
Communication and Language Mathematics 
Personal, Social and Emotional Development  Literacy 
Physical Development Understanding the World 
  Expressive Arts and Design

All staff in the Nursery apply their extensive training and knowledge of child development to provide an environment which allows each child to progress through these areas of learning. Whilst creating a stimulating and secure learning space, staff monitor each of the Characteristics of Effective Learning for each child to ensure they are reaching their full potential. We record each child’s progress and development through the online learning journey programme, Tapestry. This allows staff and parents to communicate with each other in an effective and clear way, sharing and celebrating developments. Staff seize opportunities as they occur to enable the children to make that next step in their learning journey. Our provision and activities are very child led, creating an engaging and meaningful learning environment where progress is planned and delivered in the moment.

So what will you find inside our Nursery?

We pride ourselves in offering a warm and safe environment which is rich in fun and engaging activities. The inside offers areas to build and create with various materials and media, a reading and quiet area, a home role play area and small world areas. We encourage transportation as a schema of learning. This means if a child creates a pizza in the playdoh area, we fully expect and allow them to build on that creativity and transport it to the role play area where they might engage in a ‘family meal’ either by themselves or with another child or staff member. The child that builds a bear out of cardboard boxes and tubes can take it into the Cosy Corner to share a story with it. There are stations where children can find and use resources for mathematics, resources to investigate and resources to create.  There are activity stations where children can focus on a specific skill, often linked to the specific areas of learning or fine motor skill development. We have a self-serve snack station where children come and help themselves to a snack and drink, they eat this at the dining table and are responsible for clearing away afterwards.

Our outdoor learning environment

Accessible in all weathers, with wet weather clothing provided, where the children can access the same learning possibilities outside as they can inside, just in a different style. There is a mud kitchen with jars of natural ingredients, a forest area with space and equipment to create dens.  A large sandpit, a water station, a loose parts area alongside a more traditional construction area and small world stations are many of the zoned areas we have. There is a large tarmac area with bikes, trikes and other equipment designed to develop gross motor skills as well as be an area to encourage role play, does anyone need a car wash?

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Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung and the Monkshouse Minis are thoroughly enjoying exploring and discovering new plants and creepy crawlies in our wonderful outdoor area. There has been a buzz of excitement coming from all the children as they have discovered lovelinesses of ladybirds, counted spots and watched as they have started to wake up and crawl across leaves and even brave and gentle hands. 

We started this term by enriching our learning environment with activities and play themes based on transport.The children told us that this is something they love and they really did enjoy learning through this theme. They developed and combined their technology and construction skills by creating tracks with obstacles and lego bridges for remote control cars. They have developed their cutting skills and fine motor skills by scooping and exploring with dumper trucks and diggers. The sit-on-digger was a huge hit in the outdoor sand pit. The children had to work their arm muscles and work out how to coordinate each arm to scoop up, transport and dump sand in different areas. It was a great challenge! 

We are very proud of how well the Monkshouse Minis have progressed with their early writing. We use Dough Disco and Squiggle While You Wiggle which are two fun and engaging programmes to develop the muscles needed for writing. After each session the children transfer those dance based muscle movements into mark making movements, creating a range of shapes with pens on large paper. It has been wonderful to see the children choosing to use their new skills in their independent writing and drawing. Lots of the children are eager to write their own name, especially on things that they have made in the creative area. Our phonics sessions are really supporting the children develop these letter writing skills. 

Once again, we would like to thank all our families for the many uploads onto Tapestry. We have seen the children's confidence soar as they take turns to speak about what they have done at the weekends and over half term holidays. Thank you! 

We are excited to continue the rest of our learning journey this term; exploring, discovering, creating and enjoying learning through child led play. 



Forest Adventures

Our wonderful Forest Adventures sessions have begun and oh what fun we all had in session one! The children embraced the outdoors and all it had to offer, taking great delight in playing amongst the trees and the fallen, autumn leaves. It was endless, deep, delightful and engaging learning! 

Whilst exploring the new surroundings, the children compared the sizes of sticks and logs, discussed the colours of the leaves they found, made hideout places in the bushes and used them for an epic game of Hide and Seek! They all agreed it was a great day and can't wait to come back to the forest for another adventure next week! 


Welcome to Monkshouse Minis Blog!

Welcome to Monkshouse Minis, where your learning journey begins! We are so excited to finally meet everyone! We are really enjoying getting to know the children and spending time playing and exploring with them. This term is all about making new friendships, exploring our setting and finding out about ourselves. We will post regularly on Tapestry to share with you ome of the things your child has done.

During your child’s time in Nursery we will be sending home newsletters every term to keep you up to date with what we’ve been up to and any events the children may be involved in. You will receive the first newsletter in the next few days. You will also receive the weekly school's newsletter by email. Please let us know if you do not receive this.

We will be having a Meet the Teachers event for you to discuss how your child is settling into nursery. Individual meetings will be done, virtually, in October. More details will be sent out nearer the time.

We are all really looking forward to starting our learning journey together!

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