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Nursery

At Outwood, we have a 40 place Nursery and offer many options: two and a half days, mornings, afternoons or full time. We can offer longer days if needed using our breakfast club and after school club provision.

For any general enquiries or if you’d like to visit the provision, please contact the school on 0161 437 1715.

30 Hours Free Childcare:
Funding for early education for 3 and 4 year old children has changed. All families with a 3 and 4 year old child will still be eligible for the universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time or a total of 570 hours taken throughout the year.
Some children will be eligible for extended childcare from this date, which is up to 30 hours a week term time. The new entitlement to 30 hours free childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable parents, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.
Eligibility
The following eligibility criteria will apply;

  • both parents must be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year
  • working will include employed and self-employed persons
  • in general families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not be eligible for these additional hours
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
  • one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefit

You can check what help you could get with childcare costs and an indication as to your eligibility for 30 hours free childcare via the GOV UK website.

Parents can search all Stockport childcare provision at www.stockport.gov.uk/childcare.
Do you have before/after school requirements? Outwood also offer an excellent wrap around care provide by Wayne and his team who manage and oversee our Breakfast Club and Afterschool Club provision. We currently have children from both our Nursery and Reception children enjoying the extended day filled with social play, personal interests and opportunities for gross and fine motor skills to develop.

The Nursery forms part of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) where we educate children from 3 – 5 years, meaning both Nursery and Reception children have opportunity to play and learn together. We follow the EYFS Framework to ensure children are given opportunities to learn and develop according to their age and abilty.  We make certain that we meet our children’s current interests and questions  when planning the children’s learning.

EYFS objectives and children’s next steps in learning, are based on the ‘Development Matters’ published by DfE – prime and specific areas of learning:

Prime Areas of Learning
PSE: Personal, Social & Emotional Development
CL: Communication & Language
PD: Physical Development

Specific Areas of Learning
LD: Literacy Development
MD: Mathematical Development
UW: Understanding of the World
EAD: Expressive Arts & Design

Nursery children have access to three wonderful classrooms to meet and enrich the 17 areas of learning (Development Matters) and provide tremendous opportunities to develop independence and new friendships.

These include:

Outdoor Classroom:  An all year outdoor classroom, which is undercover,  where children enjoy role-play, being creative and artistic, so we ensure the provision is enhanced with binoculars, natural resources, paints, chalks, pencils and colours; a wide variety of small world resources to encourage many skills the children are learning in the vital early years of their lives; role-play masks, puppets and dressing outfits; musical instuments; prams, dolls, home and kitchen area activities; small and large construction pieces (including large and sturdy wooden blocks to cardboard boxes from local shops) and writing opportunities all of which build and create children’s imaginative and wonderful designs.

Throughout the day, our children benefit from this large self-contained outdoor play area all weather area;  outdoor roadways, woodland pathways, a fantastic physical development area, a climbing frame, traverse climbing poles, climbing mound and balancing beams and bridge.   Our children enjoy developing skills to jump over hurdles, step through ground ladders, practise using a skipping rope as well as learning to throw and catch large and small balls  and bat small balls.  The large range of wheeled toys, cars, scooters & bikes to develop children’s gross motor skills.  There is so much to do in our outdoor provision that enables our children to keep fit and healthy.

Science – Understanding the World – is of huge importance to Outwood.  Throughout the school – beginning with the EYFS, we ensure children have many opprtunities for observations, asking questions and carrying out investigations.  In the EYFS, our outdoor classroom provides a wealth of teaching and learning opportunity throughout the seasons.  Children adore mud-kitchen activities . . . once dressed in our waterproofs – they can explore to their hearts desire!

We have designed and built a bug hotel to promote the  care and respect for living things.  It is amazing how this structure extends children’s learning and understanding of the world even further.  In our garden and planting areas, they enjoy planting bulbs and flowers, vegetable and fruit seeds and  seedlings.  Children learn this is to encourage insects especially butterflies and bees (for pollination) and birds to enjoy and feed from our outdoor area.  Through spring and summer, children learn to care for the plants as they grow.

Over the past few years, we have encouraged the life cycle of one of the most vauluable insects – the butterfly.  We have observed the emergence of the tiniest ‘hungriest’ caterpiller – to the most beautiful butterfly – noting all of the stages in between.  Then finally – once emerged and strong enough – we let the butterflies go – enjoying their freedom and independence, to pollinate flowers and begin its own life-cycle again.  Our parents are invited to this annual celebration of life and new birth.

The other two ‘classrooms’ (inside the school building) are:

Rainb0w Room (Nursery children’s point of drop off and collection, where children are registered and take part in the adult input of phonics, literacy, maths and topic).  This room enhances and develops children’s learning and experience using  sand, water, playdough, wooden construction bricks, role-play, small-world resources, books, cars and roads, trains and tracks, writing, colouring, number opportunities and much more. Nursery children have many opportunities though the day to learn and progress in this room.

Sunshine Room (Reception children’s point of drop off and collection, where  FS2 children are registered and take part in the adult input of phonics, literacy, maths and topic).  During shape group time,  this room enhances and develops Nursery children’s learning, understanding and experience of seasonal investigation,  maths, phonics, writing, library, workshop (model making and art work), music, listening, computing plus so much more.

Daily Snack:   Children are offered a variety of healthy snacks including fruit, vegetables, crackers, a selection of drinks including water and milk.  On special occasions such as Divali, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Fair Trade Fortnight, Easter, the Queen’s Special Birthday, Eid, Yom Kippur etc. –  with the help of your snack fund donations (£5 per half term) – we provide special food experiences typical for those celebrations.   Children are encouraged to be independent in taking snack: cleaning hands before eating and clearing away after themsleves.  This is a perfect opportunity for children to talk to each other in a  relaxed location and time.  We also provide snack in our outdoor classroom.  If your child has special dietry requirements, once you have informed us, we will provide  a snack to ensure your child’s needs are met.

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