Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7PT
Tel: 01638 713430 Email: Great
We hope that your and your family
will enjoy and benefit from being part of our
Nursery. Great Heath Nursery offers 78 part time
places to children aged 3 and 4 years. The
Nursery serves the children of Mildenhall and
the surrounding villages including Beck Row, Icklingham,
Lakenheath, Red Lodge, Tuddenham and West Row.
You are welcome to come into the Nursery at any time, although if you would like a discussion of any length please make an appointment, as, within Nursery hours the children occupy most of our time.
8.45 am – 11.45 am (flexible entry until 9.10am)
12.30 pm – 3.30 pm (flexible entry 1.10pm)
run a successful lunchtime club in the Nursery,
from 11.45 am until 12.55 pm. The club is
run by two lunchtime supervisors who report to
the Nursery staff. Each session costs £2.00
and the children are required to bring their own
packed lunch. Lunchtime club is extremely
popular so please speak to a member of the Nursery
team if you are interested and your child's name
can be added to the waiting list.
In Nursery, the emphasis is
that children should learn through play and practical
activities. We see the 'classroom' as incorporating
both indoor and outdoor areas and plan a balance
of activities using all our available space. The
Nursery teachers plan and prepare activities as
a team in accordance with the Revised Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, incorporating
the 7 areas of learning:
These include the 3 prime areas
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
and the 4 specific areas
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The Nursery aims to provide a safe and happy
place where we will develop and extend the
skills of your child. We hope you will work
with us in continuing to educate your child
during their time in the Nursery. This
partnership is very important and we look
forward to your support.
My Learning Journey
Your child's progress and future learning needs are assessed and recorded through frequent observations and photographs. Their Learning Journeys are always accessible to you and we welcome any comments made and reports of achievements at home. At the end of your child's time in the Nursery, their files will be passed to their next school.
There is also a 'WOW' wall outside each classroom. This is a space where you can record any proud achievements made outside Nursery, and share them with everyone.
The Nursery has two classes, Cherry (morning), Apple
(afternoon). The routine
in each class is the same. Each day we have
a Welcome time when the children find their name,
the register is taken and any news is shared. The
children are told what activities are available
both indoors and outdoors. All activities are planned
carefully; some are adult focused and others are
child initiated. We have small group times
when children work with their adults on developing
and extending concepts and skills necessary to
enable their further development. Activities
may include basic literacy work, looking at simple
mathematical ideas such as numbers or shape, singing
and social skills. Activities are of a practical
nature and accessible to all children. Every
day ends with a story and singing time.
We are very lucky to be able to use the main
hall in Great Heath Primary School for our P.E.
and movement sessions. These are currently on
a Tuesday and it is the parents'/carer's responsibility
to ensure that all jewellery, including earrings,
is removed on this day. Any child wearing
jewellery will be unable to take part.
The Nursery participates in
the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Each child
is provided with a piece of fruit and a carton
of milk that they are free to choose during a
session. Water is always available and accessible
to the children. During snack time the children
converse with the other children and their adults,
perhaps talking about what they have done that
day, or what they like doing at home.
We have a positive behaviour policy.
This means we prefer to encourage good behaviour.
We expect and require the children to behave in
a polite and courteous manner thereby creating
a happy and secure atmosphere within the Nursery.
We place emphasis on the development of self discipline
and believe this is best developed by positive
attitude and example. Should the behaviour
of any child cause concern we will contact parents/carers
and discuss the matter in confidence. If
we deem that your child's behaviour is unacceptable,
for example, biting, it is our policy to contact
you and ask you to collect them. If you have any
problems or questions please contact us immediately.
Special Educational Needs
Consideration is given to children
who have special educational needs. Access to
the Nursery is made easier by ramps at all doorways.
The building is of a single storey design. Doorways
to the building are of sufficient width to enable
wheelchair access. The toilet area includes
a shower unit. Training of staff to support
children with special educational needs is provide
by the Local Education Authority (LEA), and is
continually updated to meet individual requirements.
The staff have the support and expertise of a
full team of LEA specialists and advisors. In
addition there is continuous liaison between Nursery
staff, social services, the Health services and
the County schools which specialise in the education
of children requiring additional support.
Please let us know if your child is ill
and unable to attend Nursery. If your child
becomes unwell during the session we will contact
you. If your child is undergoing medical
treatment of any kind or taking medicine, please
let us know as it may affect their performance
at Nursery. If your child suffers with
asthma, please read and complete an Asthma policy
and return it Nursery, along with any medication
IF YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS, WORKPLACE, TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE NAME/ADDRESS OF YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT, PLEASE MAKE SURE WE ARE INFORMED.
We do have an information board for parents and carers which you will find in the entrance area. Please watch this space for details of general notices, term dates and information about activities which your child will take part in during the week.
We request that you do not allow your child
to bring sweets and toys to Nursery. However,
we understand that there may be special times
when your child may wish to bring something
to show their teacher. Should a Nursery
toy find its way to your home, please return
it to a member of staff who will quietly welcome
Ways to help your child
Think positively! Try to be relaxed
about the new experience of the Nursery.
Keep any fears to yourself and then discuss
it with a member of the Nursery team, but
please, not in front of your child. Nursery
will be a new experience for both of you.
Don't arrive too early. Just a few minutes
before the start of the session is fine.
It may help to tell your child what they will be doing while they are at Nursery. Knowing that your normal routine will continue is reassuring. Some children worry about their parent being lonely if they are not at home.
You are welcome to stay and settle your
child. When you are ready to go, tell a
member of staff so that they can be with
your child. Please then leave promptly.
Don't worry if your child is reluctant
to let you go. A trained member of staff
will be there to help. Some children
settle well initially, and then may express
slight reluctance to stay on occasions.
Please be patient – we all have an “off
time to time!
Always be on time to collect your child.
He/she expects you to be there at the
end of the session.
If you are not collecting your child please
tell the staff who will be. If you are unavoidably
detained, please let the Nursery know so
we can reassure your child.
Encourage your child to dress/undress
independently at home. Do provide
clothing that your child can manage when
he/she goes to the toilet.
Try to ensure that your child is toilet trained
Most important of all, if you have any
worries at all about your child, his or
her progress or general development, come
and discuss them with the Nursery staff.
We are here to help.