Welcome to Brambles Nursery
Nursery Lead HLTA – Miss Shaw
Assistant - Miss Sanderson
Brambles Nursery was established as an umbrella nursery from Bram Longstaff in January 2017. Vickerstown School then took over in September 2017. We have seen our setting grow from strength to strength ever since.
We provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment so children can become successful learners and confident individuals with enthusiastic characters.
We encourage children to be independent, imaginative, expressive and to respect others.
We want children to develop a positive attitude to learning, be engaged learners and to develop curiosity.
We believe every child is valued for who they are and what they contribute to our school community.
Brambles is underpinned by our values of:
Respect, Co-operation, Patience, Responsibility, Hope, Friendship and Belonging.
In Brambles we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that:
We treat every child as an individual and therefore, we respond to the development and learning of each pupil. We plan experiences that include both the prime and specific areas of learning for both our indoor classrooms and our outdoor classroom. These areas are shown in ‘The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ document as follows:
Prime Areas of Learning:
Experiences include circle time, small group work, adult lead activities, 1:1 learning and structured choosing time. Brambles’ children have access to:
Messy Play – sand and water trays;
Mark Making – painting, pencils, felt tips, chalk, crayons etc;
Role Play – linked to our topic along with a home corner, construction
Lego, wooden blocks, planks, tyres, Duplo etc;
Small World – trains and track, cars, dinosaurs, animals, doll’s house etc;
Laptops – educational games;
Playdough – cutters, rollers, loose parts;
Outside – chalking, planting, ride on toys, tyres, planks, whiteboard, field, playground.
Children’s fine motor skills are developed via activities involving cutting with child safe scissors, using finger and thumb to pick up small objects (‘pinchy fingers’) and being encouraged to zip up their own coats, to name but a few. Gross motor skills are practised by mark making on a larger scale e.g. dipping cars in paint and pushing them along to create tracks, using the ride-on toys outside, running and chasing games, throwing and catching etc.
Tapestry Online Learning Journal:
In Brambles, we use ‘Tapestry’ which is a wonderful online resource that allows staff to share your child’s learning and development within the setting. You can comment on and like the observations we share, which we encourage, to help develop our relationships with our families. You are also more than welcome to add your own photos with descriptions to share what your child gets up to when they’re not at nursery. Looking at the photos with your child encourages them to talk about their nursery day and vice versa, telling us what they do when they’re not at nursery.
Brambles’ Session Times:
All children are entitled to 15 hours of FREE nursery provision a week. Some children are entitled to 30 hours of FREE nursery provision, depending on family circumstances. To see if your child qualifies for the 30 hours, please follow http://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ to answer a few questions and to get your eligibility code, if you qualify.
|Brambles||Autumn 1A/B||Autumn 2A/B||Spring 1A||Spring 2A||Summer 1A||Summer 2A|
|The Number 3
Down on the Farm
Light & Dark
|Growth & Change
Jungle & Rainforest
Houses & Homes
|Literacy||Songs & Rhymes
Parts of a book
|Maths||Counting to 5
Counting beyond 5
Numbers & amounts
Real world problems
2D & 3D shapes
Speaking & Listening
|Phase 1 Speaking & Listening
NB: There are two cycles, A&B, to give the children that attend four/five terms a variety, rather than repeat the same topics again.
P.E Overview from September 2021:
|Brambles||Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Ball skills||Ring games||Parachute games||Using equipment||Team games|
We aim to provide an outstanding education in the heart of the community and as such we make every effort that the children at Vickerstown have the best academic start and grounding possible to enable them to become successful members of society.