Welcome to our wonderful nursery!
In September 2016 we opened Little Squirrels for children from the age of two years as part of the Early Years Provision at Redgate. Our team of dedicated staff, lead by Ms Gambon (Assistant head) and Miss Dean (EYS leader) have created a nursery to deliver a caring and exciting Early Years experience to our Little Squirrels to prepare them for their first steps in Primary School.
Since September 2017 our nursery has been teacher led, with Miss Dean teaching full time in our nursery provision. Miss Dean has had over 24 years experience in Early Years provision working with children from 0 -5 years in both private and school settings.
Supporting Miss Dean within nursery we also have Mrs Lesley Davis who also runs our weekly toddler group.
During term time many of our Little Squirrels use the wrap around care facility and are with us from 8 am until 4:30 pm each school day.
Funded Child Care
We offer funded 15 hours a week childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, and also offer the 30 hour extended entitlement to families meeting the criteria. For more information please contact the school office or www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Foundation Stage Uniform (Nursery and Reception)
As our curriculum is very active (and messy!!!) the children in Little squirrels and Reception wear a uniform which is more suited to being active (messy) and outdoors.
As we are outdoors in all weathers throughout the day our early years children need to keep full waterproofs (available with the school logo) and wellington boots in school.
School uniform can be ordered from three different providers:
1. UK Clothing Company
Follow the link directly to their website to order online.
Select Collection from School for free delivery to school
2. From School Office
Print and complete the attached order form and return to school.
Uniform will be delivered back to school
3. Whittakers of Southport
Call in to their shop on the corner of London Street in Southport to purchase all your school uniform requirements.
If you would like more information on how to register your child to become a Little Squirrel please contact Mrs Steele in the school office.
We also welcome pop in visits so please feel free to come and have a tour around our wonderful provision.
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Here are some useful websites to support your children......
www.childcarechoices.gov.uk - Information on support with childcare costs and funded places
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/ - Information and resources for parents
http://www.ican.org.uk/en/sitecore/content/ICAN2/Global/Content/Audience%20Menu/Parents%20and%20carers.aspx - Resources and information to support your child's communication and development
www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm - Resources, interactive games and information to support your child's early phonic skills
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games - Interactive games
ROOM ON THE BROOM - Little squirrels focus story
Room on The Broom by Julia Donaldson.
The children have really enjoyed joining in with the key words and phrases in the story and we have been able to draw out all sorts of learning opportunities from it.
We made story stones so that the children could retell the story for themselves, putting the pictures in the correct order and being able to tell the story to their friends.
We have also been focusing on mathematics and used this to make witch’s faces using different shapes and colours. The children had the opportunity to talk about the different shapes, which were smaller and which were bigger and also use positional language when sticking the shapes in the correct places to make the witch’s facial features.
Here is Ellie Hall-Smiths creation:
The children’s role play naturally evolved due to the story and the children began to request to make wands so that they could cast spells! Maria and Maisy were more than happy to pose with their beautiful wands to show you all!
Our Student, Sofie, planned and delivered a wonderful activity for the children; making potions! Sofie made up different solutions (squashes) into different shaped and sized bottles and had small, medium and large sized cup. Here are some pictures of the children making their ‘potions’:
Sofie read out a “letter” from the Witch:
LIFE CYCLES AND GROWING TOPIC
In nursery over the last couple of weeks we have been very busy. We have been observing the life cycle of caterpillars, watching them grow daily and eagerly awaiting their transformation into Chrysalides; all the children have even made their own grass caterpillars too!
We have been reading the story called 'Supertato' and our theme in nursery has revolved around this.
We planted our own potato seeds having received them from the Potato Council and planted some bees and butterfly attracting flowers along with fresh herbs.
The story has sparked an interest in superheroes and vegetable investigation/printing and we have all made our own superhero vegetable figures.
NURSERY YOGA CLASS
The children from nursery were invited to join reception class to take part in their weekly yoga session. Everybody really enjoyed it and all were happy to have a go, learning the new moves with Miss Dean. We are intending making this a regular activity giving all the children the opportunity over the next few weeks.