At Oakland Hall Nursery we support and prepare our children in starting school by working in partnership with you and the local schools to make the transition as smooth as possible.
We support the children’s personal, social and emotional development by encouraging the children to make friends and support them to communicate their needs. We understand that these early experiences are important in building confidence and self- esteem which will help them when they start school.
During the pre-school year we also focus on the early education of the children we support the children in recognising and writing their own name as well as a fun phonic programme that we deliver during our circle time. The children also have fun planned activities which support school readiness.
Our children hang their own coats on their pegs and self-register when they come into nursery. They have a funky finger activity, which is for the children to complete independently; they prepare their own snack and tidy up after themselves; and they set the table for lunch time. All these little approaches to support independence help to build children’s confidence in starting school.
In the term before the children start school, we liaise with the schools and invite the teachers into the nursery to visit the children. We also complete a transition report for your child, detailing all your child’s achievements.
Working in partnership with our parents is important to us and we hold a Transitioning to School workshop for our parents to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to share their concerns, and we will share ideas with you to support your child in getting ready for school.
Before the children leave Oakland Hall Nursery we a hold a graduation ceremony with parents, key workers and children to celebrate the children’s time at nursery before they embark on their next adventure in school.