Welcome to Beacon Nursery
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Transition to School
As we are lucky to have a 2-11 provision on site here, the children all get to experience what a school is like regularly by taking full advantage of the facilities within school on a weekly basis.
The children of Beacon Nursery are able to access the school's outdoor learning, halls and PE equipment and have an annual sports day celebrated on the school field.
Our Curriculum and Assessment
Currently, the Nursery Manager oversees the planning and assessment for the whole Foundation Stage so that the education of our Nursery children is focused together with the school. Planning is done in teams and overseen by the Academy Middle and Senior Leaders.
Our curriculum is broad and varied and linked with the needs of the Every Child Matters and Early Learning Goals, and additionally the education side is overseen and developed with the link with the school Foundation Stage. All our Nursery staff have been trained in phonics within the school and they are keen to ensure that your child leaves our setting with the skills to succeed at primary school.
Your key worker will also set targets for your child to achieve and these will be shared with you so that as parents you can support this with them at home.
We encourage children to move through from the Nursery to the school for continuity but with limited places available at the Academy this is not always possible for parents who are not within the catchment for our Academy. In this instance, we will be providing other schools with the opportunity for them to come and visit your child in our setting and a very thorough account of their assessment profiles and learning journey to take with them in their new school.
We have an extensive outdoor play area, each room has access to the outdoors and additionally has suitable age related outdoor equipment and covered areas for inclement weather. We encourage your child to go out and direct their own learning and we don't see rain as a barrier, we will need wellies and raincoats and a spare change when they chose to go out sometimes. We access the school grounds regularly for hall time, Apple-fish climbing frame and for the extensive fields that the school owns. This makes our provision a very unique one with so many options for your children to access outdoor learning.
We are a Forest School Nursery along with the School and have 3 Forest School areas to do the activities through. We encourage our children to explore and investigate, discuss and enjoy the outdoors.
Reading Stories and Promoting Independence in your Children
Recently there has been lots of research on the need for children to know stories off by heart, like fairy tales and their favourite books. Children should know at least 5 stories when they get to primary school and should be able to retell them in their own way. In order to do this we recommend reading a bedtime story to your child every night and sharing books as a way of showing your children different characters, settings, themes, stories and just for them to see the enjoyment that you have can make the difference in them enjoying them.
We also encourage our parents to model reading for their child too, let them see you reading the paper, a novel, a map, a menu... you can read all of the time and in lots of different ways!
We are also encouraging parents to develop their children's independence. More and more children are starting school without the skills to fasten a coat, dress themselves, do up their shoes and dry themselves (Helpful for when they start swimming at the school in Foundation Stage). We always encourage them to do this themselves at Nursery and the more independence we can give to them the better they get on at school. All the independence skills should be encouraged as they get older and celebrated with your child.
Specialist Placement Provision
We have a specialist placement provision for children with specific needs. SENA at Leicestershire County Council, will be able to support your application for a place. These places are in demand and should you wish your child to be allocated a placement with us we suggest that you come to look around at our provision and ensure that your child's name is on the waiting list.
Our Specialist Placement Team is managed by the SENDCo from the Academy and trained termly together with the Academy staff. All staff are trained to a high standard and all children are well supported in their time with us. We ensure that transition from our provision to either the Academy Specialist Provision or other specialist provision schools, is smooth and that the children are well prepared for the move.
All parents are asked to agree a password with their child's keyworker and additionally can be assured that we take our responsibility with safeguarding all of our children very seriously. The First Nursery door is a security door and you need to be buzzed into the walkway by the office or the door opened by a Nursery worker. As an additional security for your child, there is a second door that has facial recognition and adults will only be let in if they are known and recognised by the staff in the room as parents or agreed guardians of the children they are there to collect. Should an adult not be recognised, the password set and agreed by yourself will be requested prior to the adult being let through into the children's room.
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