Our Nursery Vision
At St Dennis Primary Academy it is our aim to create happy, resourceful, independent learners who thrive and achieve the best of their potential.
We believe that all children are special and unique and we endeavour to celebrate individual achievements and successes.
At St Dennis Primary Academy Nursery, we follow a carefully planned curriculum alongside pupil interests to promote a love of learning and foster responsibility and resilience. Everything we do is based upon the school's core values.
To see current planning and newsletters for our Nursery, please follow the link below.
In November 2021, we moved into our new purpose built Early Years Building, which we share with the Reception class. This has enabled our children to learn, socialise and communicate in a setting which meets their needs and inspires and motivates them.
After research and visits to other settings, the staff created an environment that is welcoming, natural, explorative and multi purpose.
Outside learning is key to our Early Years Curriculum and we are currently developing our outside space to reflect this.
Learning in Nursery
Learning in Nursery is interactive and based on experiences and play. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and consider children's next steps when planning activities and provision. Throughout the day there are various activities planned, as well as plenty of opportunities for free-flow learning and exploration. Each session the children will engage in an adult led Maths, Communication and Language and Topic activity.
Nursery staff have achieved various qualifications including Elkan Speech and Language, Paediatric First Aid and Environment Training. They follow pathways to refer children who may require further support socially, emotionally or academically.
The Nursery day starts at 0900 and finishes at 1525 for those who are attending all day. Half day sessions are also available with the option to stay for lunch. Please see our charging policy below for further information.
Nursery sessions and fees
Children can attend our Nursery from the age of two and we accept two-year-old funding as well as paid sessions.
Children are entitled to a free Government funded place for fifteen hours per week, from the term after their third birthday.
Some children may also be eligible for thirty hour funding. Further information about funded and paid sessions can be found in our charging policy below.