For all administration enquiries, please email: EYadmin@whitecourt.essex.sch.uk
The Nursery at White Court School aims to provide a secure and caring environment for children aged 3-4. There are clear routines and a structure to each session, which encourages a smooth transition into the Foundation stage at White Court School.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which is a National Curriculum for children from birth to 5 years of age.
Learning is divided into seven areas:
- Physical Development
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
From a variety of topics we generate activities to develop children’s learning and understanding. We encourage a child initiated approach allowing each child to explore their individual interests both inside and out, with children of their own age.
At Little Acorns Nursery our aim is for your child to develop a range of skills to build the foundations for many years of learning, through playing, exploring and most importantly by having fun.
Mrs Rose Hounsell is the Nursery Manager and along with other members of staff has a wealth of experience working with young children at White Court School.
To enable us to build good relationships with parents/carers, we offer an open morning in the spring term prior to the September that your child is due to start with us. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff and see the current children enjoying their nursery experiences. In the summer term you will be offered a home visit by two members of the nursery team, this enables us to gather important information about your child, such as any medical needs, allergies or any concerns that you may have, in the comfort of their own home.
We use an online learning journal during your child's time with us, this enables both staff and parents to record the children's experiences. This online journal will transfer across to the Foundation stage, should your child attend White Court school.
In the summer term before they start, you will be invited to spend some time in the nursery setting to allow your children to familiarise themselves with the staff and surroundings.
We feel it is important to work closely with parents/carers to ensure that their child’s experience at Little Acorns Nursery has a positive impact on their development. Each term we will invite parents into nursery for a parent event so that the children can share some crafting skills they have learnt during their time in nursery.
- Blue sweatshirt with Nursery logo, which can be obtained from www.YourSchoolUniform.com
- Jogging bottoms or grey trousers/skirt/pinafore.
- Polo shirt (pale blue)
- In warmer weather girls can wear blue/white summer dresses.
- A book bag
- A pair of wellies
Morning: 08:45am to 11:30am
Afternoon: 12:45pm to 3:15pm
All 3 year old children are entitled to 15 hours of Government funding which you will be able to utilise at White Court Early Years’ Nursery. This can be used in a variety of different ways:
- 3 full days
- 4 morning or afternoon sessions and 1 full day
- 2 full days and 2 morning or afternoon sessions
These will be allocated on a first come basis and at the discretion of the Head Teacher and the Nursery Manager.
It is possible to split your 15 hours of funding between settings, but we would ask you to use at least 10 hours of funding with us. This enables your child to have time to form good relations with both staff and their peers, as well as being able to access the rest of the school facilities.
If your child is eligible for the new 30 hours funding, these hours may be used for:-
- 5 full days including lunchtime supervision - 32.50 hours
- 4 full days including lunchtime supervision - 26 hours
- 3 full days including lunchtime supervision - 19.5 hours
- Breakfast or after school clubs.
Any additional hours over and above funded hours will be chargeable.
If you choose for your child to attend nursery for full days, they will stay for lunch. You will need to provide your child with a packed lunch and a drink. There is a small charge of £3 per day to cover the cost of lunchtime supervision. After October half term your child will have the option of having a hot lunch, this will be charged at £2.10 per day, which is in addition to the lunchtime supervision.
White Court Early Years' Nursery follows the whole school policy of being a nut free area.
We ask parents/carers to make a voluntary contribution each week of £3. This money not only helps towards the cost of snack, but will allow us to provide ingredients for weekly cooking sessions, art and craft materials and a variety of resources to support the development of the EYFS curriculum.
During snack time your child will be encouraged to become independent by pouring their own drink (we offer milk or water) and help to prepare snack. This is a social time for the children, where they can talk about what they have had for breakfast or some other news that they may like to share.
How to apply: Registration forms can be obtained from the school office.
Telephone number: 01376 331801