Early Years – Nursery and Reception
At Prince of Wales we believe that children need to have a safe, nurturing environment where children can develop their awe and wonder of the world. We aim to provide a stimulating, child centred place of learning that promotes an independent, confident and happy child with a passion for learning.
Information for Parents
The EYFS Team
Mrs Davis – Assistant Headteacher – EYFS
2 Year Old Nursery -Ms Lindsay – NNEB and Mrs Eva – Teaching Assistant and Ms Hamilton Teaching Assistant and Mrs Jones Teaching Assistant
3 Year Old Nursery – Mrs Mistry – Class Teacher and Ms Ozminnos- Teaching Assistant and Mrs Foster – Teaching Assistant and Mrs Fitsou
Reception Yellow Class: Ms Thomas – Class Teacher and Mrs Pulat – Teaching Assistant
Reception Orange Class: Mrs Stylli – Class Teacher and Ms Field
Reception Purple Class: Ms Gilani – Class Teacher and Ms Hewlett – HLTA
Ms Hammond – Teaching Assistant across EYFS
2 Year old Nursery:
Morning Place 8.15 – 11.15 (8.15-8.45 Soft Start)
Afternoon Space 12.00- 3.00 (12.00-12.30 Soft Start and 2.30 – 3.00 Soft End)
3 Year old Nursery:
Nursery Morning Place 8.15-11.15 (8.15-8.45 Soft Start and 10.45-11.15 Soft End)
Afternoon Place 11.30-2.30 (11.30-12.00 Soft Start and 2.00-2.30 Soft End)
8.40 -2.25 Enrichment available for Reception children from 2.25-3.25
Any children collected late will be sent to our late room and the schools’ late collection policy will be followed.
Nursery enter from the front of our building ( this will change once our fence work is completed)
Reception children enter by our Green back gates closest to our classrooms. Children who arrive late at school in the morning must be brought to the front entrance and signed in by the office staff. Children will be marked late once the green gate shuts at 8.55. Before school we have a Breakfast Club for Reception children which runs from 07:30 to 08:40, then after school club from 3.25 to 18:00. Please speak to the School office for more info and to find out how to apply for a place.
How to apply for a place at our Nursery and Reception
Although attendance at our Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception you will be able to apply for a place. Please contact Enfield admissions for details of when to apply for a Reception place. Click here to apply.
Our Curriculum is based on The Early Years Framework where we focus on these seven main areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive arts and design
These areas form our framework and we use this to help us plan activities and provision for your child.
All children are regularly assessed through observation and parents are informed of their next steps through our weekly and termly meetings.
Our Outdoor area is a very important part of our provision and children have access to this every day. As part of our EYFS framework, we are required to have the children play outside every day. Even when it is cold or raining. We ask that all parents provide warm clothing in colder months and wellington boots that stay in school at all times. If your child is in Nursey we ask that you provide the children with plimsolls for the inside also. Please ensure your child’s name is on everything – even shoes.
Before your child starts school in September you will have the opportunity to come and spend some time with us. If you are thinking of applying for a school place with us then we welcome you by showing you around our wonderful environment. Please contact the school office number where we will be happy to show you around Nursery and Reception.
Once you have been offered a place at our Nursery or Reception, we will arrange a visit with you and your child at home. This allows your child to get to know nursery staff at home where they feel most comfortable and secure.
Two members of staff will come on the home visit, one of who will be your child’s key person. Typically a home visits lasts for 20 – 25 minutes.
We believe that the home visit is most beneficial in helping the children to settle into school life more easily.
Do tell us if you have any worries about, for example, eating or sleeping habits.
They could affect your child’s ability to learn and a discussion often helps.
The home visit is an essential part of preparing your child for school.
Children often talk about this during their time in school with fondness, and it establishes the link between home and school working together for the children’s education and happiness.
Settling into the Nursery or Reception
We have a staggered intake in our Nursery and Reception Classes. The Staff here will inform you of your child’s first day. It is important for parents/carers to stay with new children until they are settled into the Nursery. If your child is in Reception then you will be able to leave your child. All new children stay for one hour only on their first day and their key person will advise you at the end of their first day how long they will stay for the next day. We work with parents/carers in deciding when the child should be left unaccompanied. For some children, the transition from home to school is easy whilst we also recognise that some children will require more time and support to begin to be more confident and independent when their parents are not present.
If your child is unwell please keep them at home until they are better and inform the office. In cases of diarrhoea / vomiting our policy is that children should be kept off from school for 48 hours since their last incident. If your child has any allergies or other medical conditions it is important to let staff know, so that the necessary precautions and procedures can be followed. If your child catches an infectious disease such as chicken pox, measles, mumps etc please inform the school by phone so that we can inform other parents and alert them to any symptoms their child may show.
In the case of illness or accidents we may have to contact you during the day, please let us know if you change your phone number at work or at home.
Please let us know the reasons for absences so that we can keep the registers annotated as required by law.
Your child will be assigned their own key person. A key person forms a stronger link with your child and you as a family. We will let you know who the key person for your child will be once they start Nursery/ Reception. You will be informed of who your child’s key person is when they start school.
In the morning and afternoon session we provide the children with a snack of milk and fruit. On very cold days we may treat them to a hot chocolate.
Please do not bring in extra snacks for your child to have in school.
Takes place once every half term. You will be invited into your Child’s class to spend time getting to know what your child has been busy doing. Your child’s key person will also write next steps with you to focus on at home with your child.
More details of this will be found in Your child’s termly class newsletter.
Starting a week or two after entry, the children can choose a book each week to take home until the following week. Please try and find a few minutes to look at this book with your child. Looking and talking about the pictures and the story and reading the book will help your child develop an interest in and enthusiasm for books and reading. We have a selection of bilingual books available in Nursery and Reception.
Please take care of the books as we will ask you to replace or pay £5 for any that are lost or damaged.
In addition to this, children in Reception classes will be bringing a reading book home from our scheme. They will be given a reading day and the books need to be returned on this day.
There is a Prince of Wales uniform which is compulsory. The Foundation Stage uniform consists of: grey trousers/ grey tracksuit bottoms, white polo shirt, school sweater or cardigan with logo and plain black shoes. School uniform jumpers and cardigans will be available to purchase on the school premises . Please see office for more details. PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON ALL ITEMS.
Many activities are based in the water and children will occasionally get wet.
This is not a problem as we will change their clothes.
In case of emergencies/accidents we do have a limited supply of nursery clothes we will change your child into. It would be helpful if you could wash through and return the spare clothes promptly.
Please do not send your child to Nursery/ Reception with any jewellery, including studs as these could get caught in clothing.
How can you help your child at home?
- Make time to talk through what your child has done that day.
- Share books, songs and games with your child, and talk about them together.
- Talk to your child, introducing new words whenever you can. Children learning English as an additional language need first to develop confidence in their home language.
- Help your child to recognize shapes, colours, numbers and words in familiar places such as food packets, street signs and advertisements.
- Provide opportunities for your child to investigate and ask questions about the world around.
- Encourage your child to use pens, pencils, chalk, paints and simple tools, such as scissors.
- Write your child’s name and help him or her to recognise it.
- Introduce the language of counting during activities such as cooking and shopping.
- Provide opportunities for running, climbing and chasing.
- Let your child enjoy and invent sounds, words, songs, music and rhymes.
Learning in Reception
Quotes from our parents
“I am very happy with the support and advice the teachers have given me regarding my child’s development. I also have found the parenting sessions very helpful as they gave me a lot of advice that I can do to support the development of my child.”
“I am so pleased with the progress my child has made in school. He is always so pleased and excited about everything he does in school.”
“ I am so happy with the progress she has made this year! She has really come a long way from when she started.”
“ Since my child started Reception, I have seen a big improvement in her writing and reading. Her teacher has been a great teacher and support to my child. She has always kept me informed of anything I needed to know regarding her. She has had a great year at Prince of Wales!”
“ As usual I come into my child’s class for parent’s evening and I am overfilled with joy and happiness to see the amazing work she has done and to see her play. It really is such a special moment and I thank her teachers for all their hard work. my child loves you and I do too.”
Bookstart (Information for parents) www.bookstart.org.uk
EducationCity.com ( for a free trial)
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/library-page ( log in – for free) Gives you access to hundreds of online books to read with your child.
www.readingeggs.co.uk ( school has paid for your log in fee)
Family Learning www.familylearning.org.uk
BBC schools website www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs