Nursery Handbook






Dear Parents,


A warm welcome to you and your family, from all at the nursery. We look forward to sharing this special time with you.




Our team 


Karen Borthwick- Teacher and key person

Jan Lucas -Teaching Assistant and key person

Fiona Moffatt- Teaching Assistant and key person

Gary Bartlett - Teaching Assistant



At our Nursery we will work with your child everyday, to provide the best care for your child and to teach and support them in fulfilling their potential.


When children start Nursery, each child is allocated a ‘key person’. However, all staff are available on a daily basis if you have any queries or concerns. We often have volunteers and students working alongside the nursery staff. Parents are welcome to come and help too. Please ask if you are interested. This involves a DBS (police check) due to safeguarding regulations.


Aims and Objectives


To provide a broad and balanced curriculum for the whole child by creating an exciting and stimulating environment in which to play and learn.


We encourage children to make choices and decisions for them-selves within an environment that is structured for free choice and promotes active learning.

Basic provision presents a full range of learning opportunities for each child to develop his/her full range of interests, skills and knowledge. Our learning objectives are based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage document, and are used as a basis for planning activities and basic provision in our Nursery.

In addition to the basic provision a topic-based approach is used to provide a focus for all areas of play. An overview of our learning is sent home for your information regularly. Weekly planning is displayed on the parent’s notice board. This shows the learning objectives that we will be focusing on and any upcoming events. We encourage parents to help their child by talking to them about what they have done at Nursery.


Nursery activities are fun, enjoyable and purposeful experiences. The play areas all have a purpose and are carefully structured to provide as much learning as possible. The outdoor environment is planned with equal consideration.


Every area of experience at the nursery is equipped to provide learning opportunities in all seven areas of learning. These are:


·        Personal, social and emotional development

·        Communication and language

·        Physical development

·        Mathematics

·        Literacy

·        Understanding of the world

·        Expressive arts and design




We record each child’s progress by taking photographs and recording what they are doing and what they say. Parents can access their child’s online learning journey through an app called “Tapestry.” Through the year we will report on your child’s progress either verbally or with a written report. Parents are invited in to share their child’s “Learning Journey” books and report, and staff are available at any time to discuss your child’s progress in more detail. When your child moves to school, the teacher or key person writes a more detailed report which is shared with you and the receiving teacher. You are then given the “Learning Journey” book to keep.




We are a 26 place setting and are part of Ilfracombe Infant School. Parents are given a choice of hours by letter.


The hours are:

9.00-12.00 (3 hours)

12.00-3.00 (3 hours) These hours are part of the learning day but will include a short break for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch.


Our Fees


Children are entitled to 15 free hours from the term after their third birthday. You may pay for extra sessions to the 15 hour entitlement. You can also pay for sessions during the term that child has his/her third birthday. Each 3 hour session costs £12.00 (with effect from 1st September 2017).

From September some families are entitled to 30 hours free childcare.  There is more information on



The admission of new children is flexible according to the needs of child and parent. Each child begins with a visit and is given a date from which they may begin attending a full session. We are happy for children to continue short visits until they are ready to attend full sessions. Staff will spend some time with each new child individually, supporting them as they settle into the setting.


A home visit is sometimes offered prior to entry for parents and child to meet staff and develop a two-way exchange of information.


New parents and their child are also welcome to visit the nursery to look around and find out about our routines.




In the event of your child being ill or missing a session for other reasons, please telephone school on 01271 863462. If a child misses a session and school receives no phone call a member of staff will phone you to check the reason of absence. This follows safeguarding regulations.  Please allow 48 hours after a sickness bout, before your child returns to Nursery.



The Nursery Routine


At the beginning of each session staff welcome children and adults into the setting.


Children, with the help of parents, participate in a self-registration activity, by finding their own name label and placing it in a basket. The children spend the first part of each session with free access to a variety of indoor activities.




Staff then gather the children into 3 small groups and move to carpeted areas for group time and fruit time. This is time for children to practise skills from across the curriculum in a small group. Early phonics, counting, pencil activities may be included in this time. There is an emphasis on the children’s speaking, understanding and listening skills and children use this time to discuss their ideas and to find out about the activities that day. Children can have a drink of milk and a piece of fruit each session. Both are provided without charge.

The children have free access to all indoor and outdoor areas of the setting, regardless of the weather. Please ensure your child has a coat everyday and/or a sunhat in the summer months. Children are allowed to use the activities in which they wish to participate, to work at their own pace and develop their own originality. They are also expected to work with an adult on more directed activities.




Arriving/ Leaving


We ask that children are brought and collected by an adult. We will not allow your child to leave the setting with anyone the staff do not know, therefore please inform staff of any arrangements you have made. Dogs are not permitted on school premises.


Children have their lunch at 12 noon.  Children can bring a packed lunch from home but please be aware we are a nut free school, children are not permitted to bring any nut products due to life threatening allergies.  Children can have a hot school dinner or school packed lunch at a cost of £2;  this includes a wide range of healthy meals which are cooked in the school kitchen. The children eat their lunch in the nursery as part of their daily routine.  Some families may be eligible for a free school lunch if they attend all day.  Please talk to Karen regarding this.




As Foundation Stage involves some messy activities, it is advisable for children not to wear best clothes. It is also a great help (when going to the toilet) if children are wearing clothes they can manage themselves. There is no uniform but school sweatshirts may be purchased from Excel Embroidery if so wished.


The wearing of jewellery is not allowed. Small stud earrings are permitted if your child has pierced ears.


Coats, jumpers and so on should be marked with the child’s name. During wet weather, we provide full waterproofs and wellingtons for outdoor play. Please do not allow your child to bring toys or sweets.


We ask that all children bring a full change of clothes everyday- or leave a change of clothes in a named bag on their peg.


Children in nappies will need to bring a bag with nappies, and wipes please, as well as their change of clothes.








We follow a positive behaviour approach, which is similar to the approach used in our school. We have a few simple rules which we encourage the children to follow. Children are expected to walk and use quiet voices inside the nursery, to be kind to each other and share and to listen carefully to others.




We hope you and your child will be happy and love sharing this special time with us at our setting. There is more information about the school on the school website.