Welcome to Nursery!
The aim of the Unit is to help each child, through their play, to develop skills and gain knowledge, which will be relevant to their future. We strive to achieve this by creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere of trust and happiness, where all children feel secure and cared for.
From the age of three, parents / carers can access 15 hours of Free Entitlement for their child. At Heathlands, this is offered by five morning sessions (9.00 a.m. to 12 noon), or five afternoon sessions in the Foundation Unit (12.45 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.), and one morning session in the Pre-school on the school site. Full day care can be accessed at Heathlands for children from the age of three (8.00 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.), when using Heathlands Foundation Unit and the Caterpillar Pre-School Group together.
At Heathlands, our Unit is organised into different teaching areas, e.g. construction, sand and water play, role-play, witing, mathematics, discovery, manipulative, creative and quiet areas. The resources needed for each area are easily accessible to both children and adults and are clearly labelled. The easy accessibility of resources allows the children to have free choice, e.g. choosing which construction they want to use, thus encouraging independence. The Unit also strives to develop the children's sense of responsibility by asking them to tidy their equipment away after each session.
Within a session, the children share books, listen to stories and poems, sing and use musical instruments, play class games, have a break time and play outside. There are also set group times when the children split into groups and engage in adult directed activities. This provides an opportunity for the Foundation Teacher / Teaching Assistants to introduce or reinforce a specific concept. The children are encouraged to listen and participate in the discussions and engage in the practical aspects of the activities.
A close and friendly relationship with parents / carers is essential in our Unit, so that an effective partnership can be formed. The Foundation Stage Unit is a place where you will always be welcome, as we work together to make the first experience of School, a positive one for you and your child.