Ashlands Primary School

"Every child has the right to shine"


Mrs C Collin – Nursery Teacher

Miss S Smith – Early Years Practitioner

Miss R Naylor– Learning Support Assistant

Starting nursery is a milestone for both parents and children. We want to make sure that these first steps away from home are happy for you both. Parents are the first and most important teachers and we will work with you to ensure that your child’s first experience of school is a positive one.

At Ashlands Nursery we aim to provide high quality education and care for children who attend our setting. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is the centre of our work and during the week the children access a full and varied curriculum. We ensure that the children learn and develop at their own pace, they acquire some skills quickly while others take a little longer. A play based environment allows the children to learn and practise skills in a way which is meaningful to them.

During the week the children enjoy playing outdoors, baking, singing and listening to lots of stories. Children in Nursery do get wet and dirty whilst they learn. We do use aprons but paint and mud seems to find its way round them! Please send a named change of clothes into school.

Outdoor play is an essential part of the curriculum. Nursery and Reception have their own lovely playground as well as being able to use the school field in the warmer weather. Children need to bring a waterproof coat each day; the weather is changeable, and we go out in all weathers.

Our motto is ‘ there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!’

It would be useful for the children to have a named pair of wellies that can stay at school on their peg in a carrier bag. If your child has waterproof trousers they would also be useful (please don’t buy any specially).

All items of clothing need to be labelled, particularly jumpers.

Children do not need a water bottle in Nursery, we provide milk and water at snack times, and there is water on the tables at lunchtime too. Fruit or vegetables are available throughout the day and children are able to visit the snack table when they choose to.

We stay in touch with parents and carers through regular newsletters, Stay and Play sessions and Parents Evening’s twice a year.

Information for Parents

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Ashlands offers 30 hours places, please contact the school office for more information.


We have been exploring colour mixing in nursery. We have used a variety of materials to explore the changes.

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