Oakengates Nursery School

Welcome to Preschool

In Preschool we endeavour to create spaces and experiences that are meaningful, well planned and offer appropriate levels of challenge so that children become deeply involved in their learning, play and exploration.

Nothing lights up the brain like play.”  Dr Stuart Brown

The Environment

We offer a safe, inclusive and stimulating learning environment both indoors and outdoors. All areas are motivating and inviting to the children which allows them to choose from a range of activities. 

Children are provided with many opportunities to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves, thereby enabling them to progress within their learning and development.

The preschool room is bright, spacious and well-resourced with many different exciting areas for the children to play and learn.

The Curriculum

“Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I will learn.”

Ancient Chinese Proverb

Our aim is for children to thrive in a setting that has the children’s interests at the heart of all that is offered, resulting in high levels of motivation, where every child acquires and consolidates skills and knowledge at their highest level.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Department for Education 2012) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Children will learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of development. 

Prime areas of Development

  • Communication and Language 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas of Development

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Assessment 

Assessment of children’s learning is based on day-to- day observations and interactions with the children in a range of situations. Observations allow practitioners to gain an insight into the children’s needs, experiences, interests, thinking, strengths and areas for development. This information is essential when deciding how to support and enhance the children’s learning, both individually and collectively.

We record the children’s observations and achievements and track their learning and development on an individual EYFS ‘Learning Journey’.

This Learning journey is always accessible so that you are able to see the progress that your child is making at our nursery.

We will also invite you to attend termly Stay and Play sessions, here you will be able to speak to your child’s Key Person and read through observations and assessments. 

Routines

We have a flexible rhythm of the day to accommodate for children’s individual needs. This sets out what your child will be accessing throughout the day.

 

Time

Provision

7:30

Breakfast time

8:45 & 12:30

Welcome time

Registration activities

e.g. days of the week song, weather, how many children are here today? Self-registration; writing name/reading name cards

9:10 & 12:55

Adult led activities.

This time is for planned activities which are led by the adult. Learning outcomes are linked to areas from the EYFS.

9:30 & 1:15

Child Initiated Learning

Led by the children, enhanced through planning, unique to every child, starts by what children are interested in, children choose own resources, this time gives opportunity to develop creativity and curiosity, encourages communication, takes place indoors and outside, children apply learning.

11.00 & 2.45

Tidy Up Time

Whole Group singing and rhyme time.

 

11:15 & 3:00

Phonics

11:30  & 3:15

Colour Group Time with Key Person

Review Learning, Story time

 

11:45  & 4:00

Lunch/High Tea

4:30-6:00

Enhanced provision for After School Club

Meals & Snacks

Our meals are freshly prepared on site by our cook daily and all menus are developed by Telford and Wrekin ensuring they are healthy and balanced.

Mealtimes at our nursery is fun and educational. We try to replicate the family environment with children sitting around the table to encourage conversation and develop physical skills pouring water from jugs and when using the cutlery.  

Water, cow’s milk and fresh fruit is provided throughout the day at our snack table (or alternative milk for those with dairy allergies). We ask for a small contribution towards snack each week.

Home-School Links

During the induction we ask you to complete an 'All about my child' booklet that helps us to support your young child in their first days settling in.

We actively encourage parents and carers to get involved with their child's nursery education, inviting you in for termly Stay and Play sessions as well as contributing to your child's 'learning journey' by telling us about their achievements at home.

You will have the opportunity to take our mascot 'Bertie Bear' home and tell us about the exciting things she does with your family by filling in his diary for us to share.

Each week during term time a weekly newsletter is published on the website that will inform you of what's happening in nursery, important dates, visitors, celebrations and what learning will be taking place. It will also inform you of any important events such as visits etc. that you may wish to get involved with.

 Our Staff

We pride ourselves on our qualified and experienced team within preschool who work closely with parents and children to improve their outcomes.

Our staffing structure consists of a Qualified Teacher, and a supervisor supported by a team of practitioners who have a wealth of experience and training specifically for supporting children's development. 

Keeping Safe

We ensure we adhere to the Ofsted Statutory requirements by having robust policies and procedures to safeguard your child. We understand that children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.

We will inform you if your child is unwell or has an accident whilst in our care through an accident form or a phone call, all parents and carers are required to fill in all permission documents on enrolment. All staff have up to date first aid and child protection training.

We ensure all our policies are available by publishing them on the website for you to access, we encourage all our parents/carers to read them carefully.

 

Baby and Toddler Room Day Care

Full Year (51 weeks) or term time (38 weeks)

 

Sessions

Rates Per week

Full Day

5 x full days (07:30-18:00) 10.5 hours per day includes breakfast, lunch, and high tea

£315 (£260.44 discount rate for full time, full year)

Short Day

5 x Short Day (8:30-15:30) 7 hours per session includes lunch.

£210

Mornings

5 x mornings (07:30-12:30) 5 hours per session includes breakfast and lunch.

£155

 

Afternoons

5 x afternoons (12:30-18:00) 5.5 hours per session includes high tea.

 

Full day rate =£63.00 inc. breakfast, lunch, and high tea (a minimum of x 3 days) Hourly Rate £6.00

Funded Childcare from September 2024 and 2025

Baby Room

(from September 2024 up to 15 hours for eligible working families with a child between 9-23 months old) (from September 2025 up to 30 hours for eligible working families from 9 months old to school age)

Toddler Room

(from April 2024 up to 15 hours for 38 weeks of the year for eligible working families who have a 2-year-old) (from September 2025 up to 30 hours for 38 weeks of the year for eligible working families who have a 2-year-old)

Session

Rates

5 x mornings (08:45-11:45) 3 hours exc. breakfast and lunch

Funded

5 x afternoons (12:30-15:30) 3 hours exc. lunch and high tea

Funded

2 days 8:45 to 15:30 including lunch

Funded

Extra non- funded morning session 8:45 to 11:45 (minimum of 3 sessions)

3hrs x £6.00 per hour =£18.00 per day

Extra non- funded afternoon session 12:30 to 15:30 (minimum of 3 sessions)

3hrs x £6.00 per hour =£18.00 per day

Healthy Snack (20 pence per session)

5 session x 20p = £1.00 per week

10 sessions x 20p =£2.00 per week

Preschool Room

Sessions

Rates

30 hours for 38 weeks of the year for eligible working families who have a 3-4year-old

Funded

 

5 x mornings (08:45-11:45) 3 hours exc. breakfast and lunch

Funded

5 x afternoons (12:30-15:30) 3 hours exc. lunch and high tea

Funded

2 days 8:45 to 15:30 including lunch

Funded

Extra non- funded morning session 8:45 to 11:45 (minimum of 3 sessions)

3 x £6.00 per hour =£18.00

Extra non- funded afternoon session 12:30 to 15:30 (minimum of 3 sessions)

3 x £6.00 per hour =£18.00

Healthy Snack (20 pence per session)

5 session x 20p = £1.00 per week

10 sessions x 20p =£2.00 per week

Wrap Around Care

Sessions

Rates

Early session (07:30-08:45) 1.25 hours includes a selection of cereals and toast

£6.50

Midday session (11:45-12:30) 45 mins includes a well-balanced hot meal

£7.00

Late session (15:30-18:00) 2.5 hours includes a high tea

£13.00

Late Collection

Charge from the end of the session time

£10 every 15 minutes

Parents are entitled to government-funded childcare to support them to return to work after parental leave. Depending on how old your child is, you may be able to access between 15 and 30 hours government funded childcare a week.

Who can get 15 hours of free childcare?

All parents of children aged three to four can access 15 hours of government funded childcare. It doesn't matter how much you earn or how many hours you work.

Can I get 30 hours of free childcare?

If your child is three or four years old and you’re eligible you can get 30 hours of government funded childcare, you’ll need to follow the link below to check your eligibility.

Get free childcare step by step

If you’re eligible, you’ll get a childcare account and a code which you’ll need to show to your childcare provider, along with your child’s date of birth and your National Insurance number.

You’ll need to reconfirm your details every three months, or your code will expire.

Apply for your code by clicking here

You must apply for a code by the end of the month before a new term starts. For example, if the term starts on 1 September you must apply by 31 August. We will  ask for a code before this deadline.