Learning in Our Nursery

The Nursery at Rayne Primary School aims to provide a secure and caring environment for children aged 3-4.  There are clear routines and a structure to each session, which encourages a smooth transition into the Reception classes at Rayne Primary School.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which is a National Curriculum for children from birth to 5 years of age.

Learning in the Nursery is divided into seven areas of Learning.  These are:

  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

From a variety of topics we create activities to develop children’s learning and understanding.  We also really encourage a child initiated approach allowing each child to explore their individual interests inside as well as in the outside environment.

At Rayne Nursery our aim is for your child to develop a range of skills to build the foundations for many years of learning, through playing, exploring and most importantly by having fun!  We know that your children will certainly develop whilst they are with us.

Starting Nursery is an important landmark. You can be sure that the Nursery staff, working in partnership with you as a parent, will strive to make this a positive and exciting event for your child.

We value each child as an individual whose needs and interests are unique and who, through carefully structured play experiences, will develop intellectually and socially to enjoy the benefits of being part of a wider group beyond that of the family.

At Nursery we hope to lay the foundation of your child’s education and to encourage positive and stimulating attitudes to learning which will be of value throughout your child’s time at school.

Transition into Nursery

Our Nursery provides the first link between Home and School, and one of the first things we will do is talk to you to find out as much as possible about your child. You know so much about them so please use this transition period as a time to share all knowledge with us.

Elements of transition:

Informal Information Evening – we will provide you with a wide range of information, time to look around the nursery and ask any questions you have.

Home Visit – if you would like us to we will visit your child at home. This visit is intended to be an informal short visit to meet your child in an environment which they feel comfortable.

Children often remember this visit and feel more secure when they come to visit us at the Nursery.

Rayne Pre- School visit – if your child visits Rayne Pre-School the Pre-school staff visit with your child for a short afternoon session. This ensures your child has familiar people with them and is an excellent opportunity for us to begin getting to know your child. If your child goes to another setting we can arrange for them to visit during this session or at an alternative time.

Afternoon visit – your child will then be invited to spend a short afternoon session at the Nursery. This will provide your child with the opportunity to become more familiar with the staff and environment.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions and to share information with us during this time.