NURSERY PROVISION

Nursery

Early Years provision at Gorse Hill School

At Gorse Hill School we have spacious nursery rooms that are well equipped and specific for their intended age groups.  We provide children with a safe environment that encourages them to take risks, learn through exploration and support them in reaching their full potential. We provide children with carefully planned activities that will encourage them to explore and develop their language and thinking skills. Children have opportunities to take part in a range of adult focused activities and a wide variety of activities that children can access and explore more independently.

We have a large outside area which is used all year round by our nursery children. Children access a range of activities in our outside area including den building, sand and water play and making mud pies in our very own mud kitchen. Children within our early years also have the opportunities to engage in our forest schools program that enables children to explore and experience the natural world through hands-on activities outdoors.

Welcome to the early years at Gorse Hill School

The early years at Gorse Hill School is made up of 3 nursery rooms; Roo’s Corner, Rabbits Garden and Owl’s Tree Top House and 2 reception classes; Camelot and Sherwood.

All of the children within our nursery are allocated a place in one of the 3 rooms, which are led by highly qualified members of staff. Children stay in their room with the same staff for the whole academic year. This enables the staff to build a sound knowledge of each individual child and it allows our staff to form positive relationships with both the children and their parents.

Each room also has a number of key workers who have responsibility for a small group of children. This provides fantastic opportunities for these members of staff to have a sound knowledge of individual children and support them in their next steps and development.

We hope that by taking children on their first steps through education that they will be confident and happy to become lifelong learners.

If you would like to find out more information about our Nursery at Gorse Hill School we would welcome you to speak to our school office.

Philosophy

At Gorse Hill School we aim to provide high quality care and education for all our children, giving them a strong foundation for their future learning and giving them the skills they need to become lifelong learners. We create a safe and happy environment in which everyone is included, respected and valued, so that they may grow in self-esteem and develop to their full potential. We provide motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become independent learners, confident problem solvers and develop a lasting love of learning, both inside and outside of school.

We value the individual child and work alongside parents and others to ensure their needs are met and help every child to reach their full potential. We believe exploration and enquiry in early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We encourage our children to believe in themselves, while equipping them with the fundamental skills to enjoy and achieve in life.

Parental Support

We believe that parental support is vital in each individual child’s development. We provide regular opportunities for discussion with parents about their child’s learning and development. We encourage parents to have informal discussions with key workers as these can generate useful information. We invite parents into nursery for a ‘stay and learn’ session on a fortnightly basis. These are a fantastic opportunity for parents to spend time with their children, engaging in their learning and spending quality time with them.

Helping your child at home

Children are learning all the time and we encourage parents to engage in their children’s learning at home. Playing lots of games and engaging in play with your child is a great place to start. We provide ideas for a range of activities that children can do with their parents at home that relate to our school topics each term. We also firmly promote reading at home with your child. There are a different ways in which you can read with your child at home:

  • Read a bedtime story to your child every night.
  • Listen to your children tell you a story, using the pictures in a book (children don’t need to be able to read words to tell you a story)
  • As your child learns new letters and sounds at school they can have a go at reading some simple words with you, e.g. ‘mum’ and ‘dad’.
  • Practise retelling fairy tales together, for example The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

We also encourage children to share pictures, books and artefacts that relate to our school topics with their peers at nursery/school. This supports children’s listening and language skills and promotes children excitement for learning.

EAL learners (English as an Additional Language)

At Gorse Hill School we aim to ensure that we meet the needs of all of the children who are learning English as an additional language. We welcome and value the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences that pupils with EAL bring to our school. Our aim is to help pupils become confident and fluent in speaking, listening, reading and writing in their English language in order for your child to fulfil their full potential.

If you would like additional support for you and your child’s language development, please speak to your child’s key worker or to the school’s EAL lead, Nia Price.

Supporting your child’s individual needs

At Gorse Hill School, we work closely with parents, staff and other professionals to ensure that your child’s individual needs are met.

The school has a dedicated team who are able to support your child’s:-

  • Academic needs
  • Social development
  • Emotional needs
  • Communication and interactions
  • Speech and language
  • Behaviours
  • Mental well-being
  • And other concerns that you may have

If you are concerned about your child, please speak to a member of the nursery team.

For more information about the team and how we can support your child please click on the button below.

Useful Downloads

  • Parents’ guide to their child’s developmental milestones Download
  • Parents’ guide to the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) Download
  • Development Matters – Used by practitioners at Gorse Hill. This document details the learning objectives that your child will be learning whilst in the EYFS Download

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Gorse Hill School
Avening St,
Swindon
SN2 8BZ

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Email: head@gorsehill.swindon.sch.uk

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