Welcome to Clarkson Nursery School

Please click on the link below to read our Nursery Prospectus

New Nursery prospectus latest copy 2015

We very much hope that you and your child will enjoy your time at Nursery.
Your child is at a crucial stage in his/her development with research showing that children learn more rapidly in the first seven years of life than at any other time.  It is therefore important that the children are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.  As a parent you play a vitally important role.  We in the Nursery hope to play our part by offering your child a variety of experiences and activities designed to further their individual development.

We hope that your child discovers that learning can be an enjoyable and worthwhile process.

The Nursery can be contacted in the same way as the school.  Our contact details are:

Clarkson Infant and Nursery School

Trafford Road



PE13 2ES

Telephone 01945 584867

E mail:


Nursery School and Class Admissions

Full information on the admissions policy for nursery schools and classes can be found on the LA website or by requesting a copy of the policy from the Admissions Team or one of the nurseries.  The following information is an extract, providing key details of eligibility.  For further information on the application timetable and oversubscription criteria, please see the County Council website or ask for an information pack from your local nursery.

In Cambridgeshire, a child is deemed to be of nursery age from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday.  For this purpose, the terms are as follows:

Autumn term – 1st September – 31st December

Spring term –    1st January – 31st March

Summer term – 1st April – 31st August

Each nursery school or class has an agreed annual admissions limit and offers part-time education places only (15 hours).  A nursery will be full and thus a pupil will be refused admission if the admissions limit has been reached.  A child may only hold one nursery place at one time.

Our Aims     

              At Clarkson we aim:

  • To create a happy, secure, safe stimulating environment.
  • To encourage children to develop good relationships.
  • To be sensitive to the needs of individual children.
  • To form a partnership with parents and involve them whenever possible, in the education of their children.
  • To encourage every child’s all round development, (physical, spiritual, moral, cultural, social, emotional and intellectual development).
  • To encourage acquisition of new skills by providing interesting and stimulating activities.
  • To encourage lively, inquisitive and imaginative minds.
  • To help children become independent and confident and to think for themselves.
  • To provide a smooth transition to full-time school.

Visits to Nursery 

After you have registered your child with the school you will be invited to go into the      Nursery with your child for a short visit.

This enables you and your child to meet the staff and become more familiar with the   Nursery setting.

 Home Visits

After your Nursery visit we will organise a Home Visit for two members of the Nursery team to come and spend a short time with you and your child at home.  This will give you an opportunity to gain further information about the Nursery, and the staff will be able to assess your child’s needs.  (We find that the children feel more reassured about starting their Nursery after they have met the staff in their own homes).

Following this visit you will receive a starting date.

Nursery times and routines

Your child is entitled to 15 hours nursery provision per week. We currently offer morning and afternoon places. 8.45am – 11.45am and 12.30pm – 3.30pm

For security reasons we ask that it is always an adult who brings your child to Nursery.  Please do not send them with older brothers and sisters and please ensure that your child’s group worker knows who will be collecting them each day.

The Nursery has a very strict policy on not allowing your child to go home with any other person than the named person(s) on the collect sheet.  Should you need to change the details of the person(s) on the collect sheet, please contact the school immediately.

Because we have both a morning and afternoon session it is important that your child arrives on time for nursery registration and is collected on time.

Please bring your child into the Nursery cloakroom to their peg and then deliver him/her to his/her group corner where their group leader will be waiting.

Regular attendance, while not compulsory, is desirable for the purposes of continuity and progression.  If you know in advance that your child will not be attending Nursery (e.g. a medical appointment) please let the Nursery staff know in advance.  Your child’s place in Nursery will still be there when you return.

If you are ill or unable to bring your child to Nursery try to arrange for a neighbour, friend, relative or other parent to bring your child.

Coming to School

If you arrive by car, via Trafford Road:

Vehicles must not be brought on to the school site, unless you are collecting a sick child.  Cars should be parked in Trafford Road/Colvile Road area.  Please do not park in “Trafford Park”.  There are double yellow lines here for everyone’s safety.

Please do not bring prams or buggies into the school.  Please help and support us with this in order to protect carpets and to help keep our school clean.  Thank you.

Parents cars are not allowed onto the school premises unless by prior arrangement.  The car park is for staff and visitors only.

If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea then please do not send him/her to school (even if they really want to come!).

Please do let your child’s group leader know the reason for your child’s absence.  We appreciate a phone call on the day of absence.  Please send a note in when your child returns to school with the reason for absence, for our records.

Absence for holidays taken during term-time are not authorised unless under special circumstances (see school policy).

How to help prepare your child for Nursery 

Before your child can settle into the routine of Nursery life, he/she has to confront two obstacles.  Firstly he/she must come to terms with leaving you and secondly he/she will be faced with a whole new environment full of other children and unknown adults.

At Nursery he/she may miss the individual attention you have been able to give him/her, but by leaving him/her with a familiar adult you will help him/her to be more self-reliant, which will help him/her settle more quickly and happily.

A little advance preparation can make the separation much easier to manage. It is a good idea to encourage your child to make friends with other children who are coming to Nursery.

It also helps if you continue to talk about Nursery in a positive manner – keep reminding your child of all the fun activities that will be on offer and all of the new friends that they will make.

Despite your best efforts your child may still have problems settling into Nursery.  It is important to remember that you are not alone!  Many parents have gone through the same thing before and many will do so again.  Some children, no matter how confident, are just not prepared to stay with complete strangers for a couple of hours.  Having said that, the majority of children do settle very well which allows staff to offer extra support to those who need it.

Please don’t give up or give in!  Perseverance is essential and the end reward will be happy and confident children.

Self-Help Skills

It would be helpful if he/she can do these things:

Put on his/her own coat.

Put his/her shoes/boots on (Velcro fastenings are ideal for encouraging independence).

Have-a-go at fastening zips and buttons.

Taking themselves to the toilet

If you can help your child to achieve these things it will help to make his/her early days in Nursery happy ones!

How you can help us 

Absences and illness

  • Please inform us of any change of address or      contact numbers so that we can get in touch with you if your child becomes      unwell.
  • If your child is absent please contact the      school (telephone no. 01945 584867) or send a      written note.

Clothing and other personal items

  • Please arrange for your child to be sensibly      and comfortably dressed in clothes that they can cope with when going to      the toilet, playing in the water or changing for outdoor play. It is      important that they are able to develop independence.
  • Ensure that your child’s coat, hat etc. are named and that they  do bring a coat to nursery as we operate an outdoor as well as an indoor      curriculum.
  • Please provide sensible shoes: many shoes are  not suitable for climbing as they have no grips. Laces can be difficult for your child to manage (shoes with velcro fastenings are ideal).
  • We also ask you to provide a pair of wellingtons.
  • We discourage jewellery as it can get caught or lost.

Children will not be allowed to do P.E. wearing jewellery.

  • Every child will have his or her own coat peg  with their name.
  • If your child has an ‘accident’ in nursery, we  will change them however we ask that you please provide a set of clean  clothes. Both the set of clothes and their wellingtons need to be in a named bag and need to be taken home each day.

Snack Time

  • During each session we have snacks when the  children are offered milk.  Water  will be available as an alternative.
  • A snack of fresh fruit will be provided during the sessions. Please let us know if your child is not allowed to eat  certain foods.


At present we have members of staff who work as a close knit team.  Your

child will belong to a small group with one adult leader, within the Nursery, to enable you both to build up a more personal relationship with a member of staff.

Your child will spend some time in their small group, but most of their Nursery session with the rest of the children.

Mrs M Haworth               Teacher with responsibility for Nursery

Mrs S Wright                    Nursery Nurse (qualified)

Mrs L Parnell                    Teaching Assistants

Mrs Kiddle

Additional Teaching Assistants may be employed to help with individual children.

At Clarkson we especially value our support staff.  We have qualified Nursery Nurses and Learning Support Assistants who will be pleased to help at any time whilst your child is in Nursery.

The Foundation Stage of Learning 

Nursery and Reception classes are referred to as the Foundation Stage of learning. This is an important stage, as it is during this time that attitudes to learning are formed and social skills developed which lay the foundations for future education.

Our Foundation Stage staff work together as a team and plan for children’s learning in seven areas to ensure that all areas of development are covered within an interesting, stimulating and supportive framework. They also ensure that children progressively develop their skills and knowledge throughout this phase of their school life. The children are taught directly and also have a choice of child initiated activities and free flow, both indoors and outdoors so that they are able to develop independent learning habits.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework requires  that:

‘The outdoor and indoor environments should contain resources and materials that children can explore and investigate using all their senses.

The Learning Environment offers challenges through which children can learn about risk taking and keeping themselves safe’.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children need to have self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to be successful learners. They need to develop concentration and learn how to cooperate. We encourage these skills and promote respect for others. Children learn to care for the environment and respect both their own culture and those of other people. They develop independence and the ability to take turns and to share through many different nursery activities.

Communication and Language
In the nursery, we develop children’s speaking, understanding and listening skills. Role play, stories, rhymes and poems are all used to encourage a growing vocabulary.

Physical Development
We plan varied activities, both indoors and outdoors, which help children to develop physical control, awareness of space and manipulative skills.


We use a wide range of books to foster an interest in reading and children are encouraged to take a book home each week to share with an adult. A number of nursery activities help with the recognition of familiar words and the sounds, names and shapes of letters. Children experiment with mark making and early writing skills.

We use practical activities to develop mathematical skills and language. The children gain experience in counting, matching, sorting, ordering and comparing. They learn about shape and pattern and about ways of measuring time, volume and capacity. We play games which involve number and devise activities which enable children to explore shapes and measures, discussing what they are doing so that the appropriate vocabulary is absorbed.

Understanding the World
Children are encouraged to find out about other people and the world around them. Work in this area of learning provides the foundation for later study of subjects such as science, history, technology and geography. We plan activities which enable the children to explore a range of materials and living things, encouraging the children to question and investigate. For example, the children plant and water seeds and we discuss how these grow; we undertake water and sand investigations; we do some cooking and help children to use computer and table top games and puzzles.

Expressive Arts and Design
Children develop their creative skills through art, music, dance and drama. They will sing and use simple musical instruments. By using a wide variety of art materials, they can explore colour and texture and practise the skills needed to express themselves creatively. This may be through painting and drawing or modelling with clay, dough and other materials.

Partnership with Parents

As parents you are the first educators of your children. We believe in a close partnership with parents and staff as we join you in educating your child.

We want to work closely with you. Good communication between staff and parents enables us to inform each other of relevant matters concerning your child. We appreciate being informed of any change at home that might affect your child and will treat anything you tell us in strict confidence.

We want to inform parents about the activities and learning situations that your child will be experiencing. We welcome comments from parents and information on what your child is interested in, this will help us to plan exciting and stimulating activities for your child.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child .










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