The Reception and Nursery Unit

Our Nursery and Reception classes form a unit, which is now part of the Governments' Foundation Stage of learning with its own separate curriculum. Children of this age are beginning one of the most exciting and challenging times of their lives and we aim to make this a very positive experience. During this stage we will help their knowledge of the world around them. As your children progress throughout the unit they will work towards becoming an independent learner with a thirst for knowledge that will stay with them throughout their school career.

What will my child learn?

Play and practical activities form a large part of the curriculum. Research shows that young children need to be active learners and at Meanwood we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, including the more formal aspects, which are taught in class and group sessions. These are the governments' six areas of learning that each child will study.

Where is this unit based?

The Unit is based on a purpose built site, along with the Y1and Y2 classes, and have many excellent facilities. We have a new and exciting outdoor play area which provides a safe and stimulating environment for the children to learn in.

Who will teach my child?

The Nursery is staffed by a fully qualified teacher and nursery nurse, as is each Reception class.

How can I be involved in school and find out how my child is getting on?

At Meanwood we believe in the importance of the partnership between home and school and we will build upon the knowledge and skills the child brings from home. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to support their child's learning and be part of the life of the school for example Parents' evenings/meetings, newsletters, home/school record book and social events.

How can I put my child's name down for Nursery?

Children can be admitted to our Nursery class the September after their third birthday and this is usually on a part- time basis. Our maximum intake is 23 children in the morning and 23 in the afternoon session. Admission forms can be collected from the school office in the October before the child is due to start.

How can I put my child's name down for a Reception class?

Children can be admitted to our Reception classes the September after their fourth birthday. We have two parallel classes with a maximum of thirty in each one. Admission forms can be collected from the school office in the October before the child is due to start.

Every October we also hold an open day/evening for prospective Nursery and Reception parents' .For further details please contact the school. Please come and have a look around and meet our friendly staff.

What about links with other Parts of school?

Our unit is part of the school as a whole and has strong links with both Key Stages 1 and 2. We also have regular contact with the local playgroup that is situated in the Transco building on the Junior site.