Applications for September 2021 are now closed!
Welcome to Nursery
Our Nursery Team:
Please see a member of the team if you have any questions. We are always available and happy to talk.
Early Learning at Featherstone Academy Nursery
At Featherstone Academy, our aim is to provide a warm, happy and stimulating environment where all children are encouraged to develop lively minds, confidence, independence and caring attitudes towards others and their environment. We plan and provide a wide range of enjoyable and stimulating activities and environments, through which children can explore the world around them, make discoveries, solve problems and relate to other children and adults. We aim to challenge and extend children’s thinking, to build skills, to encourage curiosity and reflection on their experiences and to foster language development so that they can express their thoughts and feelings.
At Featherstone Academy, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception Year.
We believe that young children learn best through play. Play provides children with rich experiences in which they have the opportunity to make plans and choices, to be creative, to investigate, to practice skills, to set their own pace, to follow their own interests and fascinations, to concentrate, to communicate with others and to build feelings of confidence and self-esteem. We plan for learning and development through a continuous cycle of observation, planning and assessment, regularly reviewing children’s progress throughout their year in nursery and ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum.
In their early years, children develop physically, cognitively and emotionally at a faster rate than at any other time in their lives. At Featherstone Academy we strive to provide a balance of child-initiated play with focused and structured learning to ensure that they enjoy learning to read, write, use numbers, think mathematically, explore their world and make creations. Through exciting topics, children are given a holistic approach to learning where their interests and experiences are built upon to provide challenge and inspiration.
Please click here to view this term's Early Year's Planning
Please click here to view Developmental Matters - Early Year's
Please click here to view 2020 Nursery Induction Booklet
We have free-flow play. Children are able to choose whether they work and play inside or outdoors. Please ensure that they have appropriate clothing for outdoor play – sun hats and sun-cream for warm, sunny days, coats for cooler weather and waterproof clothing for rainy days.
Change of Clothes
We would be grateful if all parents could provide their child with a change of clothes. Children sometimes have toileting accidents or get wet playing in water and we have limited supplies of clothes and storage space for them in Nursery. Please leave the change of clothes in a named bag on your child’s peg and check daily to see if they need to be replenished.
Starting a new nursery is an enormous step for your child. Some children settle confidently from the moment they step into nursery, others take more time to settle. It is important to us that all of our children are happy and feel safe and secure while they are with us so they can enjoy their sessions and become happy, confident and successful learners.
Parents know their children best and it is our privilege to be entrusted with the care of your child. We know that children develop and learn best when they are understood, loved and supported by all those involved in their care. Our staff are always available to talk with parents about how to support their children. Please always feel very welcome to share information about your child with us – from special family events, things your child has achieved or can do, particular interests to concerns and worries. Our door is always open and we are available via Class Dojo!
Talk, talk, talk with your child!
Remember the ‘Take 10’ challenge and try to read with your child for 10-minutes each day.
Most importantly, let us know what your child is doing at home. Share photos and information with us. This is vitally important so that we can further nurture and foster your child’s development and interests whilst they are in nursery.
For Letters and Sounds and Early Reading activities try Alphablocks and for numbers – NumberJacks.
NURSERY APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED