The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of seven areas of learning divided into three ‘prime’ areas and four ‘specific’ areas.
The prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- Communication and Language (CL)
- Physical Development (PD)
These three areas reflect the areas used in healthy development reviews by health visitors when children reach two to two and a half years of age.
The specific areas are:
- Literacy (L)
- Mathematics (M)
- Understanding the world (UW)
- Expressive arts and design (EAD)
The categories for these specific areas aim to reflect the holistic nature of young children’s learning and the subjects that this learning will eventually slot into in the school curriculum, such as art, music, science, design and technology.
We offer a tailored child-centred learning experience where your children work towards the Early Learning Goals but learn through play. We offer a warm caring environment where your children feel safe and each child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential, enabling them to develop their own sense of self-worth.
Staff plan activities to ensure each of the development areas are covered; thus helping each child move on to the next stage of development, whilst enhancing their natural curiosity. We have created an environment where all our children can make their own discoveries, both indoors and outdoors, as well as explore the cultures and festivals of others – both in this country and around the world.
Although acceptance into our Nursery does not guarantee a place in our Reception class, both Reception and Nursery work closely together to ensure a smooth transition into mainstream education.
Please ensure that when you apply you fill in your correct contact details, and inform us if they change, as we will be notifying parents via post about the outcome of their applications. If we don’t receive a response we will allocate your place to the next person on the waiting list.
The Nursery Hours
Rosecliffe Spencer Academy operates two 3 hour nursery sessions each day. The morning session runs from 8.30am – 11.30am and the afternoon session from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. We provide 15 hour or 30 hour funded places and take up to 26 children per session.
What can Nursery offer?
Every 3-year-old child is entitled to 15 hours, no matter what! Speak to a member of the Rosecliffe team to find out more.
Top up sessions-
We also offer top up sessions to 15 hour children. This means you are able to pay for an extra session. For example, if you need a full day on a Friday but your child only has funding for the morning session, you would be able to pay £15 for the afternoon session – thereby having a full day in the setting.
30 hour funding is linked to pay and hours worked in a week. If you are not sure if you are eligible for 30 hours funding please check the website below.
30 hours free childcare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If your child has 30 hours they can attend Monday to Friday 8.30am-3.30pm. This is actually 35 hours a week therefore we charge a small amount for the lunch hour each day.
Nursery would be very happy to have your child 5 full days a week however we can be more flexible with 30-hour children. Please talk to a member of the team about different options that would best suit your family.
Children with 30 hours have a lunch break from 11.30am till 12.30pm. This comes with a small fee of £3.80 per day. This cost is to pay for play leader supervision for the children, the staff help pupils with their food and talk with them as they eat in the main hall. The reason we eat in the main hall with F2 and year 1 is so the Petals children develop a sense of belonging to the school community. Parents would need to provide a packed lunch for their child in addition to this £3.80 supervision fee.
Please note that prices will be going up from 1st September 2023; lunch will be £4 and top up sessions will be £18.
Wrap around care
You will be able to access the breakfast club and after school club that is run on site. This run by an external company called Rattle & Roll. The staff at Rattle & Roll bring the children to the classroom for 8.30am and will pick them up at 3.30pm.
Breakfast club hours are 7.30am until the start of the school day.
After school club hours are 3.30pm until 6pm.
For more information please visit their website.
Rattle and Roll – Drama classes, music classes, dance classes, singing classes, holiday clubs, mindfulness and yoga for children during school, after school and in the holidays. By Rattle and Roll. (rattleandrollperformance.com)
Mrs Wright is the Nursery (Petals class) teacher.
They also work very closely with Miss Cooper and Miss Knowles in Buttercups class (reception/F2).
The Petals and Buttercups share their outside classroom so both classes get to know all the adults.
Our Nursery team will contact you to discuss your application further.
Frequently asked questions
When can I apply for a place in Petals class?
There is no set deadline to apply for a place. Children are able to start the full term after they have had their third birthday. We do advise you apply earlier than this. Your child will go on a waiting list, the sooner you apply the more likely they will secure a place.
How much will they access messy activities?
The children will have access to water, play doh and mud play during their day at Rosecliffe. We have all in one waterproof suits for the children to wear and encourage families to bring in a pair of wellies for their child in addition
How does school communicate with parents?
We use Class Dojo and Tapestry app where we share photos and talk about achievement. Dojo is a great way to send a message to the team, if you want to check a date or tell us something that has happened at home and send photos from home. We will put important messages on there too. It is really important you sign up as soon as we give you your login. A team member will also be available for a quick chat at the start and end of sessions if needed.
Will my child need to wear a uniform?
Yes, there is more information about this in the welcome pack. We use a supplier based in Ruddington.
To see the Rosecliffe Spencer Academy Nursery Policy, please click here to open the policies page.