Nursery – About us, our aims and Planning

Kirkliston Nursery Photo

Kirkliston Nursery – About Us

Kirkliston Primary Nursery is located in the heart of Kirkliston Village. The building was originally Kirkliston Primary School.

Although the Nursery is not on the same site as the Primary school, the school takes responsibility for the leadership and management of the Nursery. This link with the school is very successful and beneficial in linking Early Years working. The Nursery is as an integral part of the whole school establishment.

The Nursery consists of two large playrooms, an indoor gym/ general purpose room and a well-resourced outdoor learning/garden space.

Currently we offer spaces for 70 children in our morning session and 70 children in our afternoon session. The Nursery has a very good reputation in the local community and the roll now reflects the changing and growing needs of the local community.

The majority of children are from Kirkliston Village and move on to the local primary school.

At Kirkliston Nursery we aim to implement a child-centered approach to education and care.  By following the Nursery aims we recognise  the vital contribution pre-school education provides in developing children’s learning, through a wide variety of experiences and natural progression, leaving children confident, enthusiastic learners, ready, eager and well prepared for starting school.

At Kirkliston Primary School Nursery we aim to provide quality Early Years Education within the Kirkliston community in a safe, caring and happy environment and to play an active role in supporting our children and their families within that community:

Kirkliston Nursery Aims

To promote each child’s self-esteem, awareness of and respect for others within a

multi-cultural society.

To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that provides young children with the best possible learning opportunities and experiences.

To improve the quality of learning and teaching through the effective organisation and management of the school’s resources.

To value the contribution of the parents/carers in the role of educators and to assist, encourage and support them in that role.

To develop and strengthen links between staff, parents, local playgroup, partner providers, primary school and the local community to ensure continuity in children’s learning.

To provide effective support to children and their families and staff which promote their development and learning.

To continue the professional development of each member of staff.

Please take a look at our Parent booklet below which contains further information about the opportunities we provide at Kirkliston Nursery.

Planning and Consulting Children at Kirkliston Nursery

 

At Kirkliston Nursery we value the importance of consulting children and giving them an opportunity to have a voice:

“Tell me!”——-“I will forget”

“Show me”——“I will remember”

“Involve me——“I will understand”

 

In Nursery children are learning to learn and it is therefore important we provide them with different tools to develop these skills so they will become Successful Learners.

 

Consulting children is giving them a voice, acknowledging and valuing their ideas.  By doing this, we are helping them to be Confident Individuals.

 

By getting them involved in planning we give children opportunities to be Effective Contributors.

 

Consulting children helps them to become Responsible Citizens. e.g.  they learn to take turns and to listen to their friends ideas; They learn about the concept of voting for a favourite book or resource, they think about what they want to learn next, etc.

 

Examples of different ways in which we consult children at Kirkliston Nursery:

 

Responsive planning based on observations in Nursery and conversations with children.Consulting children to plan an activity, e.g.  How can we improve our Nursery Garden?  What do we want / need in the house corner?

Planning a menu at snack time.  Children are consulted each day choose what is on the menu.  In addition to this, groups take turns to plan and shop for Nursery snack, placing a focus on healthy foods.  Children record their choice in a planning book and record daily menus (written or pictorial menu).

Children are involved in deciding the Nursery Charter based on the UN Rights of the Child and discuss why rules are important.

 

Our Nursery Charter

 

Using speech bubbles to record children’s comments which are placed beside particular displays and photographs.

 

Using ipads to capture moments of children’s learning These are shared with parents on learning journals along with curriculum areas covered in nursery.  Children are encouraged to acknowledge  what they “can” do and are involved in the creation of Next Steps in learning where appropriate.

 

Our Kirkliston Eco work – we regularly ask the children to share their ideas using mindmaps to plan our future developments. We also record our activities on our Eco Action plan evaluation chart using stickers

 

Providing a choice of  Play-along maths sacks and story sacks which children independently select to take home.

 

“Ask me about…”  stickers – staff give children a sticker recording something they have achieved in Nursery so that other staff members can ask them about what they have done and this can also be shared at home.

 

 

Planning with children

As a staff, we continually observe and track children’s progress to ensure they are receiving a broad and balanced Early Level curriculum, covering a range of experiences and outcomes.  Plans focus on long term, short term and group time activities.  For an example of our latest short term Nursery plan, please click on the links below.

Our main planning tool is our Seasonal Log Book. We have short term plans and responsive plans in this book as well as observations, evidence, feedback and next steps in learning from the staff and the children. Our Log books are available in the library area for Seasons past, and the current log book is always available in the middle room of the Nursery where staff and children work on the book. Examples of the pages are below.

 

 

 

Our Spring 2017 Log book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2017-18

Our initial plans for this term are available below.

Our Autumn Overview

Harvest and Autumn changes Block Plan

Autumn celebrations and changes Block Plan

Our 2017-18 Powerpoint for new parents is also available for parents who were unable to attend

Nursery Induction 2017.18

Session 2016-2017

The powerpoint for our recent curriculum evening for parents of children going to school in August is available here. It gives you an overview of the tasks we will be sending home to work with your child on preparing for school. individual task

Our Interdisciplinary star shows our plans for the year ahead. Individual topic plans can also be looked at more closely below.

 

welcoming-new-friends-augsep2016

autumn-seasonal-celebrations-16

xmas block plan

toys block plan

Healthy_Eating_-_topic_map_5-7

minibeasts block plan

 

 

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Session 2015 to 2016

We will cover many topics this session in response to children’s experiences and ideas.  Please open our star document below for a taster of what we may cover.  We have also uploaded our most recent plans for both AM and PM classes.

 

Interdisciplinary Learning star Nursery 2015

Welcoming New Friends Aug/Sep 2015

Harvest, Farming and Healthy Food Sep/Oct 15

Autumn, Seasonal Celebrations OctNov 15

Christmas 15

Toys, Games and Play Plan Jan 16

New Beginnings March April 16

minibeasts topic plan

 

Session 2016-2017

The powerpoit for our recent curriculum evening for parents of children going to school in August is available here. It gives you an overview of the tasks we will be sending home to work with your child on preparing for school. individual task

Our Interdisciplinary star shows our plans for the year ahead. Individual topic plans can also be looked at more closely below.

meet-and-greet-star-nursery-16-17

welcoming-new-friends-augsep2016

autumn-seasonal-celebrations-16

xmas block plan

toys block plan

Healthy_Eating_-_topic_map_5-7

minibeasts block plan

Nursery-Transition-Planner-Snail-and-the-Whale