Welcome to Welford Nursery . We are a long established State Nursery Class, situated at Welford-on-Avon Primary School for over forty years. We offer three and four year olds within the area, an outstanding foundation to learn. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop the skills to be a lifelong learner.
Home Learning due to Covid-19 Information
In Nursery, it is very difficult to plan and replicate how we learn in nursery, when we learn through play. The classroom is set up with activities and experiences that have been planned for a purpose, where the children can access them freely or be directed. Alongside this, adult led activities are carried out where children are taught new skills and knowledge. We do not usually use worksheets to teach, but objects and first hand experiences. This is how children learn best. Unfortunately to be able to deliver home learning that makes it easier for you as a parent/carer, learning opportunities have been planned for ease. These are to be carried out through the week between playing. You do not have to complete everything. Dip in and out. You have all been doing a fantastic job supporting your child at home, alongside all of your other commitments with work, family life etc. during these very difficult times. Have fun!'
In November 2019, we were very fortunate to move into our brand new, purpose built Nursery classroom! It is situated at the side of the school, looking out onto the school playing field. Although situated separate to the school, the Nursery class continues to be very much part of the main school.
Our Nursery Class provides:
- A highly stimulating and creative indoor and outdoor environment
- High quality care, guidance and support
- A very experienced team, managed by Mrs Sims, a Qualified Teacher, under the supervision of the Headteacher, Mrs Julie Leeman
- Three year olds have an entitlement to up to 30 hours free childcare (criteria applies) with the opportunity to purchase extra sessions. We also provide wraparound care (see main website for more details).
Our key aim is to continue and extend the education which you, as parents/carers, have begun at home to enable your child to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
In September 2012 a new framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage was introduced to all Early Years settings from Birth to Five years.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year’s settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive; these three areas are the Prime areas:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
Children in Nursery are also supported in four Specific areas, through which the three Prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world;
- Expressive arts and design.
At Welford Nursery we plan learning experiences of the highest quality, considering both the children’s individual needs and achievements and the range of learning experiences that will assist them to make progress. Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage.
Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.
Our learning environment is made up of areas which reflect all areas of the curriculum. Here, children can make their own choices, encouraging them to play and explore; be active learners and be able to create and think critically.
We are very proud of our outdoor learning environment. Here, children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them in a safe, well-organised and stimulating environment.
We operate an indoor/outdoor learning experience for our young children, where they can move freely between both areas.
Links are made between both learning environments, to ensure that all children receive a rich and varied curriculum that supports their learning and development.
We would like to welcome you and your family on the next step of their exciting learning journey; why not come along and meet the Early Years team and experience first-hand our inspirational early years provision.
Mrs M Sims
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin