Our Nursery Team
At Cairns we have an excellent non-denominational Nursery facility providing fifty morning and fifty afternoon places for Pre-School and Ante Pre- School children.
Our Nursery provides a welcoming and stimulating learning environment in which children can play and learn, developing their individual strengths and talents. In the nursery the children learn through play and investigation. A broad and balanced curriculum is provided through a variety of topics and the children’s interests. Through purposeful play experiences our children grow in confidence, build positive relationships with others, and develop their awareness of language and number. Parents and carers are encouraged to become partners in their child’s learning and become involved in the life of the nursery.
We have had a busy start to the term with our returning children and all of our new starts. We would like to welcome our new children and their families. We are looking forward to working with you and getting to know the children.
We also have new additions to our nursery staff and would like to welcome Mrs Hutchison, Ms Brown, Miss McAteer and Ms McDougall. They have been working hard getting to know the children and parents and are a welcome addition to our team.
We have had a great start to term 2, the new children are all settled and the room is busy with lots of learning happening. Last term the children had been exploring the room and getting to grips with the routines of nursery, they are now very confident in the room and have build positive relationships with their peers and staff. We celebrated the children's achievements with our special achievement day. The children were invited to a party to celebrate all of their learning in term 1 and all got a certificate to recognise their hard work. We had a Halloween party and all of the children made a super effort with their costumes and had a parade around school to show all the boys and girls. We had a party and there was some fabulous singing and dancing. It was great fun.
We have introduced group time on a Tuesday and Thursday at the very beginning of sessions. The children are engaging well in the smaller groups to further develop their skills and try new things. This has provided a smaller setting to get to know the children better and build those relationships which promote learning and progress in the playroom.
Personal learning plans (PLP) will go out this term and this is a great opportunity to find out about your children's learning in the playroom, learning targets that have been set and also a chance for you to contribute to the targets by sharing their interests and learning at home. PLPs are developed with the child at the centre and it is through observations and working with each child that targets are set and achievements recorded. Parents meetings will also be taking place this session to discuss the progress of your child.
The children have shown a keen interest in fairy tales following Ms Lynch's fabulous ‘Three Bears House' set up in the playroom. There has been a lot of role play surrounding the three bears and the children have enjoyed dressing up and taking turns of portraying different characters in the story. This led to an ‘explore box’s filled with different fairy tale books and props for stories and the children where keen to share their ideas and tell us what they wanted to learn about. The new focus moving into term 2 will be fairly tales. If there is anyone who would like to come and share their favourite fairy tale with the children at nursery you would be more than welcome. We have also started our ‘Talk for Writing' which links nicely with our Fairy tale focus and we will be developing our storytelling skills.
We have started practising for...dare I say it? Nativity!!! The children are really enjoying learning new songs and are picking up the words really quickly. The children are excited to get dressed up and put on a show for their friends and family. Look out for the dates of shows on our next newsletter.
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