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20-06-28 Welcome to Nursery. Class of 2021 - 2022

Stoke Primary School


Briton Road



024 7645 1724



Head Teacher:  Mr M Ascroft


Assistant Head Teachers:

Mrs A Brooker and Mrs V Noone

EYFS Leader:  Mrs C Lapworth

Welcome to Nursery

Believe and Achieve

Nursery Staff

Nursery Teacher: Mrs C Lapworth

 Learning Support Assistants:  Mrs Tindal and Miss Beech

Our Nursery Team

Nursery Teacher

Mrs C Lapworth

Learning support Assistant

Mrs Tindall

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Beech

Children joining Stoke Primary School are taking important steps on their learning journey.  The education we offer is based on the following principles:


  • Building on what the children already know and can do.
  • Building on and extending their interests, and developing their intellectual, social and emotional abilities.
  • Establishing a partnership between home and school that helps the children feel secure at Nursery, and develop a sense of well-being and achievement.
  • Celebrating children’s successes and valuing all of the children’s efforts.
  • Providing a rich, stimulating and fun learning environment.



Learning and Teaching in Nursery

Children learn in a variety of ways. The Nursery setting is a highly organised and dynamic learning environment that is designed to enable children to make connections and transfer thinking and learning in a wide variety of contexts, both indoors and outdoors.  Staff at Stoke Primary School are committed to developing innovations in teaching and learning that engage and challenge young learners. We aim to establish high quality, forward thinking, early years practice and provision in our setting. Parents will receive regular on-line newsletters dedicated to teaching, learning and the curriculum in the Foundation Stage.

The Power of Play

Play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.  In playing, they behave in different ways: sometimes their play will be boisterous, sometimes they will describe and discuss what they are doing, sometimes they will be quiet and reflect as they play.  Adults play a crucial role in extending and supporting children’s play.


 ‘Play is the work of the young child’

We aim to:

  • Make provision for purposeful and well planned learning  experiences which follow the children’s interests.
  • Provide a broad and interesting range of learning activities, which enable children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through practical first-hand experience and    problem solving.
  • Provide effective questioning and feedback which helps children develop their thinking and evaluate their learning.
  • Develop social skills through interaction with other children and adults, including caring about others and their environment. 

Physical Development

This includes:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills


Physical development in the Foundation Stage is about improving skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement.  Physical development has two other very important aspects.  It helps children to gain confidence in what they can do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. 


Effective physical  development helps children develop a positive sense of well-being.  We aim to provide activities that offer physical challenges, both indoors and outdoors, using a range of stimulating equipment.  We have an exciting Forest School area that the children will soon get to explore.


Fine motor skills are developed through activities to support hand muscle development and then when children are ready to start to hold pencils correctly and form letters.  This can be encouraged at home through playing with playdough, chalking outside in big spaces and through encouraging play with small pieces such as Lego or bead threading.




The Statutory Framework for Early Years has recently undergone a review and changes have been made.  As a team we have worked hard to implement all changes to provide a rich and stimulating learning         environment, broadening children's experiences.   

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory framework for learning and development; for children from birth to the end of their Reception year.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas of    learning: three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas’ of learning. 

Prime Areas of Learning

Personal Social and Emotional Development

This includes:

  • Self Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building relationships


Successful personal, social and emotional development is critical for very young children in all aspects of their lives and gives them the best opportunity for success in all other areas of learning.  We aim to provide experiences and support to enable your child to develop a positive sense of themselves and to develop positive relationships with others.They learn about routines of the classroom and a set of class values that they aim to achieve.  Children are supported to learn from their mistakes and grow with confidence. They will learn how to care for themselves including independent dressing skills and the importance of healthy food choices.


Specific Areas of Learning


This includes:

  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns


This area of learning includes having a deep understanding of early   number.  The children will observe patterns in number and problem solve through practical play opportunities .  Through play and exploration   children will begin to count objects and understand this represents quantities.  All children will also explore shape and measure through their environment and natural problem solving.


This includes:

  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing


Literacy begins learning to love books, stories and exploring their     imagination through play.  As children develop understanding of hearing sounds in their environment and talking about what they can hear this is gradually applied to hearing sounds in words.


We will provide many mark opportunities through their play, encouraging them to explore different media.  Children will be supported to share their thoughts and ideas and adults to write down their thoughts to model writing to the children.


Health and Welfare

It is your legal responsibility to make sure we have up to date emergency contact details for your child.  We know that parents may change their mobile phones – please let us know immediately as in the case of emergency, we may need to contact you urgently.


If your child has a medical condition or allergy please let us know before they start school so that we can make appropriate arrangements.


Medical appointments should be made outside the school day however if a child has a medical appointment during the school day they will be signed out of school and should return to school as soon as possible after the appointment.

Minor accidents are dealt with by our qualified First Aiders.  It is vital that families provide us with up to date contact details in case we need to contact parents quickly.


If your child has asthma, please could you ensure that the class teacher has working inhalers in school at all times.  They will be stored as close to the child as possible so that they can use them on a regular basis or as their need demands.


Staff are not allowed to administer medicines other than in exceptional circumstances.  We are unable to accept a child if they are ill, we ask you to keep them away from school for 24 hours, if your child has diarrhoea or vomiting then 48 hours, to avoid passing infections on to other children. 


Head lice are an ongoing problem in all schools therefore please ensure that you check your child’s hair regularly (details enclosed in pack), treat if necessary, and always inform your child’s teacher. 


If you wish your child to be collected from Nursery by someone other than yourself, we ask that you set up a password with the  Nursery teacher. Then if you need to ask someone else to collect your child, they will have to give the password to a member of staff.  Only people named by yourself or giving the password will be allowed to collect your child.


Please follow up to date guidance when your child has any Covid-19 symptoms.  Inform school immediately about any family member with symptoms.



Staff are not allowed to administer medicines other than in exceptional circumstances.  We are unable to accept a child if they are ill, we ask you to keep them away from school for 24 hours, if your child has diarrhoea or vomiting then 48 hours, to avoid passing infections on to other children.  Head lice are an ongoing problem in all schools therefore please ensure that you check your child’s hair regularly (details enclosed in pack), treat if necessary, and always inform the Nursery teacher.  Please follow up to date guidance when your child has any Covid-19 symptoms.  Inform school immediately about any family member with symptoms.


If your child has a medical condition or allergy please let us know before they start Nursery so that we can make appropriate arrangements.


Admission Procedure

In order to help your child to settle into the Nursery we will be   admitting children in small groups. This gives us the opportunity to get to know your child and also to help the children to adjust to their new environment.


We ask that you are prompt in both bringing to (8.45) and collecting from Nursery (11.45).  Children who are not collected on time may become distressed or anxious.


Food and Drink

The school promotes healthy eating, your child will be provided with milk and a piece of fruit each day free of charge.  Please bring a named water bottle with fresh water each day



We regularly take photographs of activities in Nursery to provide evidence of children’s progress. These photos are sometimes displayed in the classroom and used in     children’s ‘Learning Journals’ through Tapestry.  Some activities that are carried out involve groups of children therefore many of the photos will show several children.

It is a legal requirement (GDPR) for us to have parents’ permission to display or share photographs so all parents will be required to sign a photographic & media consent form.   

Dress Code

The school has a dress code. This is to encourage a sense of belonging and pride in our school, and to ensure children are comfortably and appropriately dressed.

The dress code is:

  • Navy sweatshirt or cardigan (with school logo),
  • Polo shirt - white or pale blue (school logo or plain).
  • In the summer girls may wear blue and white checked summer dresses.
  • Trousers/skirt/shorts (grey or black),
  • Flat black footwear should be worn at all times.  Velcro fasteners are ideal for promoting independence for younger children. Boots are not acceptable footwear inside school. 

Children will also require a school book bag (with the school logo on) for carrying letters etc to and from school. 

Items of uniform and school book bags can be bought from Cat Balou in the Burgess (Coventry City Centre).

All items of clothing should be named.

For safety reasons, no jewellery is allowed.

To avoid loss, damage or arguments, no toys are to be brought to school.

Outdoor Clothing

Children have the opportunity to spend time outside during each session and so they require a suitable coat for the weather.  Hats and gloves or sun hats should be sent in as appropriate.


Staff cannot apply sun cream to your child and so this should be put on before your child comes to Nursery when required.


Also the children have access to the outside mud kitchen so please take into consideration that your child may come home a little muddy but remember they are learning through play! 

Parental Involvement

We value parents’ contributions to their child’s education and  encourage parents to share relevant information with staff. At the  beginning and/or end of each session you can have the opportunity to speak to the Nursery teacher, and throughout the week there can be an opportunity to share and contribute to your child’s ‘Learning Journal’.


If you have a particular issue you would like to discuss with staff we ask that you make an appointment, so that we can give you the  necessary time and attention.


In the Spring and Summer terms parent consultation meetings will be held and you will be given an appointment letter for these.


Throughout the year, if it is safe to do so, we will be holding a variety of parental involvement opportunities.


Outside gates are locked during school hours and access to the school building is via the front entrance. The Nursery door will be opened at 8.45 and locked at 8.55. Anybody arriving after this time will have to bring their child to the main school entrance to gain   access.


For health and safety reasons, you must not park in the school car park or by the gates when dropping off or collecting your child. Parking fines can be issued.




Although Nursery is part of Stoke Primary School, children do not automatically transfer to the Reception Class.


There is an admissions policy in place and the process is dependent on the availability of places. If you would like your child to attend Stoke Primary School Reception Class, please make sure that you register him/her before the deadline date given in the admission Booket.


Further information

IF you wish to find out more about any aspects of our provision, please ask a member of staff


School policies are available to view on the schools web site www.stoke.coventry.sch.uk


If you are required to make any payments to the school, these are made via Sims Pay. In your welcome pack you will have a letter with instructions and an invitation code for you to register. If yo have any issues, please speak to a member of staff at the office.

We encourage positive behaviour and give children the opportunity to learn from their mistakes through reflection with someone from the Early Years team.

House System

Our exciting new ‘House’ system has been launched this year and the children are rising to the challenge.

Our house system events will allow children from across the school to work collaboratively, in teams and also to earn points towards their house through a variety of competitions that will be held, including sports competitions like sports days etc.


We have four houses:  Godiva (Yellow), Ricoh (Red), Sky Blue (Blue) and Belgrade (Green) and each of the children have been assigned to one of the houses.  Where there are several children from one family, all the children are in the same house.