Bramley Pre-School and Nursery
Bramley Pre-School and Nursery are an integral part of Bramley C of E Infant School.
The Pre-School has a full time, fully qualified teacher and highly experienced Nursery Practitioners. Having a full time, fully trained and qualified teacher enables the children to make rapid progress academically and socially, which carries on through the school. The Pre-School is sited within the Foundation Stage Unit, which also includes our Reception Class, with which it works in parallel.This ensures a smooth transition between the Early Learning School and the Infant School. Our goal is to ensure that your child's learning is a very happy one and we follow the School's ethos of recognising each child's individuality in our approach to care.
The Pre-School has really grown in numbers in the last few years and can become over-subscribed in the summer term. To view the Pre-School, please make an appointment with the school office. We have tours throughout the year but we are also very happy to make individual appointments.
The Pre-School is open from 8.30 am – 3.00 pm and offers a great deal of flexibility to parents and carers. Parents/Carers can choose which sessions they would like their child to attend, the four sessions are;
- 8.30 am – 11.30 am
- 8.30 am – 12.30 am including lunch (hot lunch is an additional cost)
- 8.30 am – 3.00 pm including lunch (hot lunch is an additional cost)
- 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm
- We will endeavor to be flexible about attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of individual children and families, providing these do not disrupt the routines which are in place to ensure stability for all children.On entry we will begin from where your child is in his/her understanding and design activities based on your child’s individual needs. Your child will be encouraged to take responsibility for his/her learning from an early stage and we will support the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to help him/her achieve this. We have high expectations for all and this is achieved through developing self-esteem across the whole school community, alongside encouragement, support, respect for each other and independence.The Pre-School and the Reception class are very similar, the children have free choice during the day, and they work in mixed ability and ability groups to allow the best learning opportunities. The children transition with ease into the Reception class because they know the staff; Mrs Freeman,Miss Matson, Mrs Eason, Miss Derrick and Mrs Eames who are all familiar to the children in the Pre-School. Mrs Freeman, the Reception class teacher, is also the schools Assistant Head Teacher and is in charge of the early years unit.
- We are lucky to have three well-equipped learning spaces for our Pre-School- Butterfly Room, Ladybird Room and the Outside Area. Both adult-guided activities and independent learning take place in Butterfly Room and the Outside area whilst Ladybird Room is entirely devoted to independent learning. Every area of the Early Years Curriculum is covered in each space. We also make use of the extensive school grounds and the school hall.
- The Pre-School and Nursery are very much seen as "an extension of home", with the staff involving the children in a variety of foundation curriculum activities, including some they might engage in at home, such as sitting around a table with their friends and teachers for the daily fresh fruit snack provided by the school and caring for their environment. We pride ourselves on our communication with parents through our Learning Journals - each child has an individual record of their learning, which is updated over the course of several weeks and brought home at the end of each half term in order to share their learning experiences. One of the most important aspects of the Learning Journal is that it offers an opportunity for parents to write their comments regarding their child’s learning at home. This provides invaluable information for the teacher.
- A child is entitled to 15 hours a week, free learning and care in an early years setting from the start of the term following their third birthday, for 38 weeks in a full year. The key dates are 1 January, 1 April and 1 September. This entitlement will be offered to parents on a flexible basis and the Bramley Early Learning School will advise parents of the patterns of attendance.