Welcome to Shawclough Community Primary School Nursery


  • Starting Nursery
  • Clothing
  • Independence
  • Healthy Living
  • Snacks
  • Illness
  • Only Playing?
  • The Early Years Team
  • The Nursery Curriculum
  • Feedback

Starting Nursery

“As a result of high quality teaching and exceptional nurture, children thrive and make excellent progress across both Nursery and Reception.  The Nursery, in particular, is an oasis of calm and children are happy and confident within it.” – Ofsted June 2010

“All members of the Early Years Foundation Stage team, exceptionally well managed by the Unit Leader, are enthusiastic and totally committed to providing the best possible environment for the children in their care.” – Ofsted June 2010

When your child starts at Nursery you are very welcome to stay with them for the first few days to ensure that they are fully settled, secure and confident.  While you are in the Nursery do show an interest in the activities that are available and join in your child’s play to help them become relaxed and happy.  This time spent on settling in is a good investment for the future.

Never try to slip away when your child is absorbed in an activity.  Say a quick but definite goodbye, reassuring them you will be back soon and telling them what you will be doing whilst they are at nursery.

Collecting your child on time is really important, being left behind when all the other children have been collected can be very upsetting for children.

Children should be collected by people who know the child and are known to the staff.  It has been suggested that other carers are introduced to staff or we have sight of a photograph of them.  Your child’s security is of the utmost importance to all of us.  Please let us know if someone else is going to be collecting your child.


In discussion with parents it was felt that specific school wear was an advantage for practical reasons (play can be a messy business) and also to promote a sense of belonging.  The items suggested are:

  • Black jogging pants
  • Polo shirt (school colours are emerald or gold)
  • Black sweatshirt

Clothing with the school logo may be ordered through school.  See Fiona in the school office.

Children will play outside all year round.  Clothing for wet weather is provided in school; however, your child will need to have Wellington boots to keep at school.

Denim jeans are considered unsuitable for school wear.  In the Nursery we have found that jeans can restrict movement and that children find them difficult to manage independently when they use the toilet.

All clothing must be clearly labelled.

Please donate any spare underclothes and socks to the school.  If your child has to be changed in school for any reason we would appreciate the clothes being returned as soon as possible.


Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves even though it will take a little longer.  It is especially useful if a child is able to take off a coat, hang it up and then put it on when needed.

Healthy Living

We feel it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle right from the start.

We will aim to provide opportunities for outdoor play and to develop children’s minds and bodies.


At each session children will be offered drinks and a healthy snack.  There will be a variety of food, always healthy.  It could be fruit, cheese, raw vegetables or savoury biscuits.  The children may be involved in food preparation, for example, making sandwiches or baking.  For this we ask for a small contribution each term.

Sweets, crisps and sugary snacks are not permitted unless they are given by the staff as treats on special occasions.  If you give your children sweets at the end of the nursery session it would be appreciated it you could do so off the school site so that we can uphold the school’s philosophy.


If children are not well they are better off at home.  Please telephone school to let us know.

Sickness and diarrhoea

In the case of tummy upsets it is vital that children stay at home for at least 48 hours after the last incidence of sickness or diarrhoea to prevent it spreading.


Please check your child’s hair regularly.  If you find any signs of headlice treat your child’s and the whole family’s hair.


Inform the Nursery if your child has asthma.  If an inhaler is used we need to keep one in school.  The inhaler should be labelled with your child’s name.

Infectious diseases

Please let us know if your child has one of the childhood infectious diseases.  We can advise you of the amount of time they should be away from school.


Ear, nose and throat infections are common in young children.  Earache should always be taken seriously and be checked out by the doctor.


As a rule children who have been prescribed medicines such as antibiotics are recovering from an illness and are not well enough to come to nursery.  We will of course discuss individual cases, please see a member of staff.


To enable your child to get into good habits we would like them to attend all the sessions they have signed up for.  This helps you and them for the adjustment into full time when they are school age.

Only Playing?

“Children are given excellent guidance from the moment they enter Nursery on how to be a successful learner.” – Ofsted June 2010

A high quality nursery education is far more than giving instruction in educational skills.  It is about developing a child’s natural joy and wonder of the world they live in.

We want children to have a positive attitude to life.  We want them to have the confidence to ‘have a go’ and learn from mistakes then try again.  This will ensure they will succeed in future learning.

Staff will plan play opportunities to develop the six areas of learning as specified in the Foundation Stage Document.  An Early Years expert, Tina Bruce, said ‘time to and for play is essential’.  She warns against too close an emphasis on what is increasingly seen in Early Years settings – that is play used only for the purposes of instruction and socialisation.

Never compare your child with anyone else – it is easy to knock their self esteem.

For further information please check the notice board each week.  Each half term you will receive a newsletter giving extra information about Nursery activities.

The Early Years Team

The Early Years team recognise that you are the most important people in your children’s life and have the greatest influence on them.  At school we build on the foundations you have laid and will continue to develop at home within your family.

Parents and carers are always welcome in the Nursery and in all the Early Years departments at any time.  You can provide support in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Sharing books with children
  • Working on the computer
  • Woodwork
  • Gardening
  • Baking
  • Playing games
  • Art work

The Nursery Curriculum

Personal and Social Development

  • Making meaningful relationships
  • Having respect for others
  • Belonging to the community
  • Expressing and coping with feelings and emotions
  • Independence and helping others
  • Making choices and taking responsibility


  • Representing and communicating ideas and feelings in a variety of ways, for example, music, dance, language
  • Expression through media, for example, paint, clay, drawing, three dimensional materials
  • Experiencing and enjoying beauty
  • Imagining, expressing and creating

Physical Development

  • Using tools competently
  • Learning control and co-ordination
  • Learning to move in a variety of ways
  • Expression through movement
  • Building stamina, energy and strength

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Exploration and experiment, having ideas
  • Curiosity
  • Understanding why and how things happen
  • Observing carefully and closely
  • Experiencing and changing materials
  • Exploring the local environment
  • Developing an understanding of travelling to other places
  • Finding out about the past using technology – planning, designing and making models
  • Solving problems
  • Using ICT for a range of purposes

Mathematical Development

  • Appreciating pattern and relationships
  • Logical thinking
  • Exploring and comparing shapes, quantities, size
  • Exploring mathematical problems
  • Learning to use mathematical language
  • Understanding and using numbers

Language and Literacy

  • Enjoying stories
  • Expressing own opinions and making choices
  • Learning to recognise sounds, names, logos and symbols in everyday use
  • Talking, listening, discussing and recalling experiences
  • Believing in yourself as a reader and writer and developing skills to achieve success.

Moral and Spiritual Development

  • Developing a sense of fairness, what is right and what is wrong
  • Understanding appropriate behaviour
  • Respecting and being able to empathise with others
  • Having feelings of wonder and joy
  • Sharing and celebrating festivals, traditions and special occasions from a variety of beliefs and cultures

Nursery Information



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