F1 (Nursery)

Welcome to our Nursery Class

The Nursery Teacher is Mrs Ayres.  Mrs Hitchman and Mrs Gessey are our Early Years Practitioners.

The Nursery on our school site was opened just over 20 years ago. In 2012 we carried out an extensive refurbishment programme to replace the toilets, kitchen and flooring and redecorated the rooms throughout. In addition to this we have purchased a range of new toys, furniture and equipment.

For families who require the 15 hour funded place per week we offer  5 morning sessions (8.45 to 11.45am) or 5 afternoon sessions (12.15 to 3.15pm). There is an optional packed lunch club available at £3 per day for these children (11.45-12.15). We also offer a number of 30 hour funded places to eligible families (8.45am to 2.45pm) with the option to extend this by half an hour (2.45-3.15) at £3 per day.  These sessions provide a regular daily routine for parents who would like this for their children, and the opportunity for each child to become part of a familiar group that meets at the same time each day. This enables the children to develop secure friendships with the other children in their session. If the children then move on to our school they will have the added support of children they already know. This has proven to be very successful as can be seen from how quickly they settle here. Our 30 hours places are limited so please register your interest when you complete your Nursery Application Form.  We accept applications any time from your child’s 1st birthday.

Parents are welcome to come and help once their children are settled, and this continues through their child’s time in Nursery and in school. For safeguarding reasons it is essential for all regular helpers in school to undergo DBS checks.

 Why choose our Nursery?

We follow ‘In the moment planning’ at our Nursery which is a model developed by Anna Ephgrave. We provide a stimulating, exciting and evolving classroom and engage with the children at activities they have chosen, teaching the children ‘in the moment’.  Our children are at the heart of what we do.  The adults are continually observing what the children are interested in and doing, then assessing what they need to do/know/learn next and delivering this in the moment while the children are interested, inquisitive and engaged which is when research shows us that children learn best.  Planning is based on the children’s interests and areas for development, and Learning Journeys are kept to record progress at school and at home. These include lots of photos, observations by adults and children’s own comments on their learning, which provide great insight!

The Nursery Class at Shinfield Infant and Nursery School has strong links with the main school, being in part of the building. This enables us to provide a unique transition in to a mainstream school environment. The children from Nursery enjoy going into our school for assemblies and workshops and other school activities, and this prepares them well for school life anywhere. Their work is displayed in the school. They have the opportunity to see and talk to their siblings in the outdoor play areas. The children often meet the Head Teacher and other members of school staff who come in to Nursery to see them. They also go into the main school hall once a week for music lessons with Mrs Brown our specialist music teacher who also teaches in the rest of the school. In addition to this, the Nursery children are visited by the older children from time to time and have many opportunities to share learning with them.

There are also close links between what is taught in Nursery and the main school. We teach the Read Write Inc Phonics program as continued throughout the school, therefore we can plan and implement and build upon what we know each child has already learnt. Recently we have started to use ‘Jigsaw’ which is a personal, social and health education programme that starts in Nursery and continues throughout the school. The Nursery shares the same tracking system as the rest of the school so that children’s progress can be more closely monitored and support given where needed. Sessions are led by our fully qualified teacher (BA QTS) and supported by our Early Years Practitioners. If your child has special needs, these are identified early and a programme of support put into place that continues seamlessly into school. This helps to allay any worries about children changing settings.

There is a transition programme in place for children starting Nursery. This starts with an informal Stay and Play session, a home visit at the start of term followed by 2 short visits. You are encouraged to stay with your child on the first visit and leave them with us for their independent second visit although we are flexible and happy to discuss more independent short visits if your child would benefit.

We are proud of the smooth transition between Nursery and the main school, and believe it is a strength of the school. The transition is helped by the children’s strong emotional and personal bonds with their friends and their trust of familiar adults. This is further enhanced by their familiarity with the layout of the school and their knowledge of routines, rules and expectations prior to starting school. Transition to school meetings for parents are held in Nursery at the end of term before their child transfers to the first year of school. If the child is going to a different school, there is a full transfer of information between our Nursery and the new school.

If you have any questions or queries or would like to look around the Nursery, you would be most welcome. Please contact the school office on 01189 883389 or email admin@shinfield.wokingham.sch.uk to arrange a visit to see the Nursery in operation. Open mornings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month in school term times.

Please click here for more details on  Nursery Admissions

Letter Families

Starting School at Shinfield Infant and Nursery School September 2018

Short Guide to Early Years for Parents

Writing Information Evening January 2018

Jigsaw and RSE - An Introduction and Overview about Statutory RSE


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Tour of Nursery

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 Shinfield Nursery Logo

Mrs Ayres – Nursery Teacher

 Shinfield Nursery Entrance

 Nursery Cloakroom

Inside Nursery

Inside Nursery

Inside Nursery



 Nursery Outside Play Area

 Nursery Outside Play Area

 Nursery Outside Play Area

 Nursery Toilets

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 Fuzzy and Honey Bear our Take Home Bears