Welcome to the Nursery!


Here at Countess Wear Community School, the Reception team work closely with Nursery staff to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). As a Foundation Stage team we aim to provide a caring, stimulating and responsive learning environment  to be able to meet the needs of each individual child.

Our aim is to allow children to develop the confidence, initiative and engagement so they can 'be the best they can be' and the EYFS is the perfect tool to enable us to do this. Through a balance of carefully planned teaching moments along with highly-skilled practitioners, we are able to orchestrate a rich and ever-evolving learning environment that responds to our childrens wonders and interests.


Our Nursery caters for children aged 2-4 years and is comprised of three main areas, a two year old room and two connected spacious rooms with an intervention space  for 3-4 year olds.


We have named our rooms after British birds.


Our youngest children (2 year olds) access the Cuckoo room.

Our older children (3  and 4 year olds) children access the Wagtail, Swift and Dove rooms.



 Forest School

We are very fortunate to have access to our fabulous Forest School. The Nursery children mostly visit the Forest every Wednesday and Friday morning. Two year olds will visit the Forest regularly to ensure all part-time children are able to share in the experience of this exciting environment.


To ensure that all children get the maximum time in the Forest, we would really appreciate your help in supporting your child to get changed into their Forest School clothes once they arrive. We provide all children with a waterproof coat and trousers. Please supply your child with a named pair of wellington boots, to be kept in school if possible. 

In colder weather please make sure your child has plenty of layers to wear under their waterproofs, a named warm hat and gloves as well as a thicker coat. Thank you!


We use Tapestry to create an online learning journal for each child. Here you will find photos, updates and assessments of your child. Please let us know if you are having any issues accessing your account.
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We have a range of phonic games and activities that we do every day using Phase One of the Letters and Sounds scheme. We also bring phonics into everyday activities and core provision activities through conversation, objects, song, rhyme and observation.




Mrs Jo Sharland – Teacher in the Nursery

Mrs Beth Price -  Senior Practitioner/ Cuckoo room Base Leader for the two year olds.

Mrs Amy Jones - Teaching Assistant

Miss Clare Gale - Teaching Assistant 

Miss Emma Parkes - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Joan Veal –  Teaching Assistant

Mrs Pat Foster – Senior Practitioner 


Each child in the Cuckoo base has a key person who builds a special relationship with them and their families and supports them with their learning and development.  The list of the key people for the two year olds is available in the Cuckoo Room.


Our day
8.45 - Children arrive at Nursery
8.45 - 9.00 am - Settling in time (parents leave at 9.00 am)
9.00 - 12.00 am - Morning session
12.00 - 12.30 pm - Lunch
12.30 - 3.30 pm - Afternoon session
3.30pm - Children are collected
Chatting time
We spend time developing our spoken langauge every day. We have regular chatting time where we can show, sing or tell something to our friends and grown ups. If your child would like to bring something in to talk about we keep the items safe in a basket until chatting times.
The Government has recently launched a new campaign to promote communication skills in 0-5 population called Hungry Little Minds. Do have a look at the link below to see how you can help your child's developing skills in this area. There are some good activity ideas and video clips to look at!
What to bring...
 Please remember to bring a named water bottle with water inside every day! Depending on the weather please remember to bring suitable clothing for your child, for example a named coat, named sunhat, named jumper etc..
Also please make sure your child has a bag with a change of clothes and named wellies for when we explore outside. In the colder weather please also consider giving your child an extra layer or two of clothing and named gloves!Thank you!
 Summer 2020

As we are not in Nursery at the moment I am setting suggested activities for fun learning on Tapestry. Each day there is a phonic video and I will put between 6 and 10 or so activities up linked to that phoneme. Most of them are very active and won't need many resources. If you are able to upload photos and comments about how your child has managed the activity that will be wonderful. I will comment on each one and you can reply too ! If you are "Happy to share " your ativity or any new ones you think of please indicate in the obs or reply with a "happy to share! and I will let all your classmates see it too..that way we can be connected and you can still see what your friends are up to!

These are strange and uncertain times and there is no pressure for you to complete these activities but it will be a great way of us keeping in touch.

The main thing is to spend time together, cuddle, hug ,play, keep chatting and commenting on what you see , read and watch with your child! Lots of fun family time and stories, stories, stories! Please do message me if you have any worries or concerns and I will do my best to help !


Hope to see you all before the summer holidays!  Me and the whole of the Nursery Team miss you all greatly!

Please take care, stay safe,

love Mrs Sharland x

         Summer Term events 2020
June 22nd     Nursery grps start back. Please see main page of website for details !