Early Years provision at Countess Wear Community School
Our Early Years Children are currently organised into one Reception class and a Nursery. The Nursery children are divided into two bases. We have a Percy and the Park Keeper theme. One base, "Hedgehogs" is for 2 -3year olds. The term after their 3rd birthday, the children move through to a larger group and have the use of the Rabbits, Squirrels and Badger room.
During their ‘learning time’, the children have access to these rooms and spaces as well as a large outdoor area. In addition to this they are encouraged to play and explore creatively throughout the whole Early Years area outside.
One of the bonuses of being based within a school is that all the Early Years children also have access to the wider school resources, including:
- A Forest School
- The School hall, with P.E. equipment and a large space for music, movement and games and opportunity to eat lunch with the rest of the school
- A kitchen, to facilitate cookery sessions
- A large playground with extensive play equipment
- A large playing field with a school pond.
New Parents and Children
We hold regular ‘Welcome Mornings’ for prospective new parents, which are posted on our school website and are advertised in the local media. For any additional visits, please contact the School Office on 01392 203560 to arrange a convenient time.
The closing dates for applications are as follows: • By the end of May for a September start. • By the end of October for a January start. • By the end of February for an April start. Once this application has been processed the School Administrator will contact you, informing you whether you application has been successful or not. (Applications are allocated according to the schools nursery admission policy, a copy of which is available at school).
Prior to your child starting in the nursery, we will arrange a home visit. The home visit is intended to give you and your child the opportunity to meet the Early Years staff and to develop a link between home and school that will benefit your child’s transition process. You will also be invited for taster sessions so that you and your child will know what to expect.
If your application is not successful then you will be informed in writing and you can request to be placed on the waiting list should any vacancies arise. Please note that any places allocated from our waiting list are also subject to the schools nursery admission policy.
At Countess Wear Community School, we place high regard upon parental involvement. We believe that parents and carers are the most important people in the lives of the children and that the closer our links are with them, the more effective their children’s learning becomes. Each morning, parents are encouraged to stay with their children for the first 15 minutes of a session, to help them settle and to support them to engage with the activities available. We hold regular ‘Foundation Fun’ sessions where parents are carers are invited to come in and share in their child’s learning alongside them, in addition to termly ‘Parent Consultations’.