Pre-Nursery & Nursery
Our Foundation Stage department encompasses the Pre-Nursery and Nursery age groups from 2 to 4 years.
Our main goal is to provide a warm, caring and family-oriented pre-school environment. Days are carefully planned to include direct teaching time, adult led-activities and free play for the children. This careful integration of learning opportunities within the day enables all children under our care to progress to their full potential in terms of the emotional, physical, creative and intellectual development.
Children work in small groups, with a ratio of one adult to every five pupils in the Pre-Nursery and one adult to every ten pupils in the Nursery.
Our Foundation Stage staff are always available to parents during drop-off and collection times, as we believe passionately that a close partnership between families and the school is key to a positive and rewarding experience.
Children arrive at school between 08:00 and 09:00, and are supervised by their teachers until everyone is ready to start the day. The mornings are filled with fun and focussed learning experiences. Children are free to choose the types of activity they prefer. These are flexible and respond to the needs and interests of the group. This includes both indoor and outdoor activities.
Children enjoy a snack before going outside to play in the morning. Lunch is prepared by our in-house caterers, or may be brought from home. Children eat together in their classroom.
Following lunch and play, children have the opportunity to sleep if they need to. Those who want to remain active continue to enjoy further fun learning experiences together. Following a busy day, pick up is flexible between 15:10 to 16:30.
Children who attend our Pre-Nursery class at St. George’s School do not need to be toilet trained. We provide nappies and wipes as part of our service. However, if parents would prefer to supply their own particular brand, then this is, of course, possible.
When children are ready to begin the process of toilet training, we welcome parents to include us in this stage of development and we will support this exciting step. By the time children are ready to move into our nursery classes at age 3, we hope that children are either fully toilet trained or are in the process of achieving this. During this time, we kindly ask that parents provide spare clothes, so that any toilet accidents can be dealt with quickly and easily.
Our teachers are happy to discuss any questions a parent may have surrounding toilet training and will review this with parents of Pre-Nursery age children as part of their preparation for their move to Nursery.