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   Welcome to our Nursery 

 

   This page contains useful information for parents interested in our Nursery class.

   

 

                                                        

 

  • We are a sessional teacher-led Nursery offering high quality childcare.

  • We are situated in a classroom within the school with our own outdoor space.

  • We are open during term-time between 8.45am- 3.15pm.

  • We provide a range of different options for funding 15hrs and 30hrs.

  • We offer a limited number of 32 places.

  • We welcome applications from children aged from 2 yrs and 9 months and above.

  • Complete an application form (available from the office or our website) in order to apply for your child’s place 

  • Our hourly rate is £5.00 per hour. 

  • Please do give us a call or email if you would like any further information

 

Our Nursery Day

Play is at the heart of everything we do. Adults plan daily for stimulating and fun activities and carefully consider each child’s learning needs. The children have opportunities to work with their Keygroup daily and to come together as a large group. A significant amount of time is also allocated to Discovery time in which children take the lead in their learning through play. Adults follow the children’s lead and extend the children’s learning.

 

The Nursery is located on the school site within a classroom, next to the Reception classes.

We have our own outdoor play space which children can access freely from either building.

The Nursery consists of a Nursery class of 2-4 year olds.The Nursery class provides 1:10 adult ratio for 3-4 year olds and 1:4 adult ratio for 2 year olds  (maximum).
 

Keyperson:

We have a very effective Keyperson system. Each child is allocated a Keyperson who gets to know them and their family well. The Keyperson meets daily with their children and plans for their learning needs.

 

Our Principles:

  • We aim to offer a stimulating, rich learning environment.           

    We strongly value learning through play.

  • We value children’s ideas and opinions.

  • We put a strong emphasis on child-led learning.

  • We recognise that children learn through ‘doing’.

  • We promote team-work and collaboration

  • We support children to learn to resolve conflicts.

  • We always show care and nurture to all children.

  • We aim to build children’s confidence and self esteem

  • We develop children’s independence.

  • We encourage children to make their own choices
     

Tapestry:                

We use an electronic system called Tapestry to record the children’s learning. This is regularly updated and shared with parents so that they can be involved in their child’s learning journey and progress in relation to the EYFS. Not every activity they do will be recorded, however there should be new entries most weeks - sometimes more sometimes less.

 

Nursery Team: 

 

Sarah Hennessy

Qualifications/Training:

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree

Qualified Teacher Status

Early Years Teacher Status

Pediatric First Aid


Hello my name is Sarah and I am the Nursery Teacher and Leader in our setting. I have worked at St Thomas More’s since 2018. I have over 6 years experience working with babies from 5months to 5 years and beyond. I attend regular training courses to ensure my knowledge and skills are up to date within the Early Years sector and bring this information back to share with my team. I am also the Area Lead for Portsmouth as part of the DfE's Covid Recovery Programme. 

I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to be the Nursery teacher at St Thomas More’s.  I am proud of how my team work well together to ensure we have a safe, happy and enriching environment for all of our children to flourish and thrive in.

 

Emma Mitchell

Qualifications/Training:

BA (Hons) Study of Religion with Qualified Teacher Status

Nursery SENCO

Nursery DSL

Level 1 in Food Safety hygiene

Pediatric First Aid

 

Hello my name is Emma and I am a keyworker for the children and the Nursery SENCO.  I have worked at St Thomas More’s since 2016. I previously worked as a KS2 school teacher for 14 years before I came to St. Thomas More’s. I was so happy to come and be part of the Nursery team as I always wanted to work in Early Years. I love seeing the progress the children make as they play in their safe and enriching environment in the nursery. I enjoy watching the children grow into independent learners and helping them prepare for school.

 

Deidre Fudge

Qualifications/Training:

NVQ 3 in Childcare and Development

Level 3 LSA

Nursery Nurse Examination Board Diploma

Pediatric First Aid

Level 1 in Food Safety hygiene

 

Hello my name is Deidre and I am a keyworker for the children, I have worked at St Thomas More’s since 2020. I have previously worked as a manager for a day nursery for 11 years and I have worked as a nanny for a couple of families whilst raising my own children. Two years ago, I volunteered to help within the St. Thomas More’s setting and I completed my level 3 LSA. I was then fortunate enough to become a keyworker within the nursery, which I thoroughly enjoy. I use my past experiences to enhance their development and to provide a safe environment for children to learn.

 

Helen Dewey

Qualifications/Training:

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Pediatric First Aid

Level 1 in Food Safety hygiene

 

Hello my name is Helen and I am a keyworker for the children, I have worked at St Thomas More’s since 2016. I enjoy supporting all the children in our setting and ensure they feel safe and happy. I engage with their interests and give the children the support they need to progress.

 

Jodie Cox

Qualifications/Training:

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development

Emergency First Aid at Work

 

Hello my name is Jodie and I am an Early Years assistant and a staff member of Tommy’s childcare. I have worked at St Thomas More’s since 2017. I am currently supporting children within our nursery on small group and 1:1 basis. I enjoy getting to know the children and their families and using this experience to ensure every child has their individual needs met.

 

Anne – Marie Hall 

Qualifications/Training:

NVQ 3 Diploma in Business and Administration

NVQ 2 in Child Care Development
 Level 1 in Food Safety hygiene

Pediatric First Aid

 

Hello my name is Anne Marie and I am the Senior Administrator for the Nursery, I have worked at St Thomas More’s since 2008. I have worked with children alongside my Admin role for 14 years. I enjoy supporting children to settle in and work closely with all our families. I ensure I keep our families up to date on what is happening within our nursery and support them with preparing their child for school.

 

Wrap-around Care:

Nursery children (over the age of three) are able to attend the school Breakfast Club (from 7.45am) & After School Club (until 5.45pm) at Tommy's Childcare in the school hall.  Places are limited to maintain appropriate ratios

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