The Nursery Class of 2020-21 have been very busy. Have a look at what we get up to.
We made a Santa Stop Here Sign.
Having fun at our Christmas Party.
Have a look at our little stars performing their special Nativity Song.
All dressed up in our Nativity costumes.
We all looked bright for Ditch the Dark Day.
It is fun learning through our Down on the Farm Topic.
Exploring our Autumn Theme.
Everyone is pleased about taking their chocolate apple home. Yummy!
It is more important than ever that we get outside for fresh air and exercise, and these Nursery children have been learning so much while playing outdoors.
Everyone planted a daffodil bulb. We are looking forward to seeing lovely yellow flowers in the Spring.
Making Handprints has been messy but fun!
Birthday boys and girls!
First Days at Nursery 2020/21
The boys and girls have been enjoying their first day at Nursery. There was lots of fun playing, building and painting. Everyone has been learning how to wash their hands well too.
Arrival and pick-up arrangements for 2020/21.
Due to Covid, parents will not be able to enter the Nursery building. You can access the Nursery by walking up the side of the Nursery Unit through the large gates.
Parents must wait until a member of staff opens the gate, and must socially distance from each other, and take turns entering the Nursery outdoor area. Hand sanitiser is available.
On your child's first day, Nursery consent forms, reply slips and All About Me Books should be left in the box provided. Wellie boots, kitchen roll, tissues and drawstring bags should be left on the unit outside.
Mrs Castles or Mrs Keery will meet each child at the door as they enter from the outdoor area.
At home time parents should wait outside the Nursery gate. A member of staff will bring the children outside to be picked up.
We are staggering the pick-up times to give staff time to help get the children ready for home in groups and to enable parents to social distance while waiting. All parents have been given a time.
If you are starting Donacloney Nursery this is where you will find out all about it.
If your child is starting Nursery this year please take time to share this section of our Nursery class page with your child. It will help them become familiar with the staff, areas of play and activities on offer.
The Nursery teacher is Mrs Castles and the Nursery Assistant is Mrs Keery.
Mrs Castles and Mrs Keery will play with you and help you to learn new things.
You will do self-registration and hang your coat up on your own coat peg. You can keep your wellie boots in Nursery and you will need them when you play outside.
You can play at our different play areas.
When you are hungry you can wash your hands and have a healthy snack. You can have milk or water to drink at Nursery.
You can use the bathroom whenever you need to and there are little toilets and sinks which are easy for you to use.
You can choose to go out to play. There are so many things to do outside!
Mrs Castles reads a story in the Quiet Room after tidy up time. It is fun doing rhymes and songs too.
Everyone sits together at Dinner Time.
We have lots of special events throughout the year
Everyone has fun when Jo Jingles visits.
We learn new songs, play instruments and move to the music.
Learning takes place outdoors in all weathers and is so much fun in the snow!
We visit the Book Fair when it comes to school each year. It is a great place to listen to a story.
World Book Day
World Book Day is an opportunity to foster an interest in and enjoyment of books.
We learn about baby animals and parents sometimes bring in baby animals from home or the farm.
Time for Gardening
We are always busy planting seeds, bulbs and plants.
Daffodil bulbs which are planted in the Autumn time come into bloom in the Spring.
We enjoy planting window boxes with pretty flowers.
Happy Healthy Kids
Children at Donacloney Nursery have lots of opportunity for physical, energetic play.
Every year the School Cook talks to us about her job, what she wears and the food and equipment she uses. Everything is really big!
Having fun with food
We enjoy cooking, baking and trying new foods. We like to promote healthy eating but there are also opportunities for a tasty treat.
Sometimes we make a big pot of porridge for snack. Not too hot...not too cold... but just right. Just the way Goldilocks likes it!
Fruit Salad makes a very healthy snack.
We always make pancakes on Pancake Day
Everyone has to help when we make Healthy Carrot and Potato Soup.
Valentine's Day is an opportunity to be creative.
We find fun ways to use spaghetti.
Paul Evans comes for football coaching sessions.
When we learn about hedgehogs we use clay and Art materials to make our own prickly hedgehogs.
The Oxford Island Outreach Programme
We learn about Minibeasts.
We learn about birds.
Debbie Doolittle's Wildlife
At Nursery we learn about animals which live in the wild. Debbie brings some of her animals which she rescues and looks after.