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7 days ago

St John's Nursery

Our interest board this term has helped us to think about France.

We've thought about the number 3 (for 3 colours of the flag). Depending on age and ability we've thought about how to write 3 or three, counted to 3, we've sorted things into 3's, and practised addition and subtraction to make.

We've learned to sing Frere Jacques in English and French.

We've looked at several books about France or dual language books in English and French.

We've looked at the rectangles on the flag and found other rectangles in our environment

We've also done the same with the colours blue, white and red.

Lastly, we've looked for the letter F f.
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1 week ago

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Our longtime volunteer Heather travelled to France just after Easter. To work in a children's adventure camp for the summer. The children were very excited about her adventure so we decided to make it our summer theme. Keep a lookout this week for our posts on what the children have been learning this term. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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If you are visiting Church today please have a look at our displays in the lounge. We think they are very cheerful and show how much fun our nursery children have. If you'd like to know more about nursery Catherine will be at Church from 10.30am - 12noon just ask to speak to her. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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Usually, we hold Messy Church on the first Saturday of every month. Because of the party in the park last week we are holding it today instead. All families are more than welcome to join us this afternoon at St Wilfrid's Chruch Lidget Green. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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A large part of our day is providing activities that reflect the children's interests at that immediate moment. This is one example. The children were very interested in the bubbles in our water tray. This moved on to looking for circles and spheres in the nursery. Later they were printing with circles to make bubble shaped pictures and then asked to display their pictures by our water trays. To adult eyes, this display may look quite basic. But the children are very proud that they decided on the activity, made the pictures and chose where and how to display them. Giving them so much autonomy in nursery really encourages them to become independent and critical thinkers. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Recently we were lucky enough to be able to buy some discontinued Duplo sets, at a very low price. They were actually small sets but we could buy them in bulk. Which means there are enough interesting pieces for everyone at the table to make fun things. The children love to copy the suggestions given with the boxes. They then add their own spin on the models. During this session, a group decided to make Birthday cakes for everyone. The staff blew so many candles out they must all be close to retiring age now 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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We recently made some new magnetic letters for our large white board. We thought the older almost school ready children would like something more grown-up than our box of magnetic shapes. They've had lots of fun spelling out their names and other peoples names. They are beginning to think about how to spell 3 letter words. It's much easier to think about phonics when you don't have to concentrate on writing out the letters yourself. Then it's easier to practice your writing when you already know how to spell the word. We'd say that's a win win! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Here's another one who will be off to a flying start in reception class come September. They were rightly very proud of themselves for writing all these numbers without any prompting. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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We recently put a large blackboard up in our mark making area and made sure a pot of chalks are always available. Lots of our children enjoy drawing on the board but we also have budding mathematicians. This particular little one enjoys writing themselves sums and solving them every morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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In July we will be saying goodbye to a dozen children who are moving on to reception class.

This means we will have several spaces available for new children.

If your child turns 3 before September and you and your partner work (or are a single working parent) you will be entitled to 30 hours a week free childcare term time or 24 taken over the whole year.

If your child turns 2 before September and you qualify for early years funding you will be entitled to 15 hours term time or 12 taken over a year.

All children who turn 3 before September qualify for 15 hours term time or 12 taken over the year.

We open 49 weeks a year 8am-5pm (longer hours may be available). You chose when you take your hours over these times.

Meals are free we have no hidden charges or deposits. Extra paid for hours are available.

Parents with children from birth but not eligible for funding yet are welcome to pay for hours.

We've already had several enquiries from prospective parents about places in September. If you are considering a nursery place please come and see us this week or message us here.

Please do share this post with anyone you think may be considering a nursery
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2 weeks ago

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Please come and join us this afternoon in Brackenhill park. We'd love to meet past, present and prospective parents and children. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Every morning and afternoon we have a 'carpet time'. Children sit on the floor with a member of staff. We say hello to everyone and say our nursery prayer. We usually have a short story, sing some songs and share news. We often practice phonics and numbers and also talk about our current theme.

All our oldest children who will be leaving for reception class are asked to join in. Younger ones are encouraged to join in when ready although they don't have to if they aren't ready to do so.

We've found some younger ones feel a little shy saying hello to a group. This puts them off wanting to sit with us. To help them feel more confident we have a new way to say hello. Children can choose to say hello in English, in another language, sign hello or hold our smiley face picture.

They had lots of fun this week choosing how to say hello and some beautiful smiles off very proud younger ones because they could join in.
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3 weeks ago

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This morning we've been practising our fine motor skills by weaving ribbon through paper plates. It's a pretty simple activity to do at home. Before you begin, use a craft knife to cut slits at equal distances across the plate. You can weave ribbon, string, wool or strips of paper. We used ribbon because we had lots of it donated recently. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

St John's Nursery

At nursery, all meals and snacks are free of charge. This is partly due to the fantastic donations Tesco give us every week.

An example of what we offer;

8-9am milk, juice or water with fruit or cereal

10-10.30 milk or juice, toast and 2 kinds of fruit or veg.

11.30-12.30 juice or water, cheese sandwiches, fruit, a few crisps, yogurt a, d a chocolate finger.

2pm-2.30pm rice cakes and 2 kinds of fruit or veg

3.45-4.15 juice or water tomato pasta, fruit and jelly.

We can cater for any food allergies and are happy to consider individuals likes and dislikes.

If you are concerned your child won't eat anything we provide some children have brought their own meals into nursery although many parents are surprised by what their child will eat when everyone else is eating it too.

Drinking water is available constantly from 8am-5pm
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10 months ago

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We've just had a phone call to say our Ofsted inspection will be held on this coming Monday. The inspector has asked me to notify all parents so they can meet with her if they wish. she'd love to know what you think of us if you can't meet with her you are welcome to email cbarrass@outlook.com with your opinions and we will pass them on thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Stay and Play isn't just for children. It's a great place for adults who care for children to come and talk to grown-ups for a while (there are only so many times a person can listen to baby shark without getting fed up lol) Come along and meet some friendly faces 9.30-11.15 in the Church lounge. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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On Thursday 4th October the dental hygiene nurses will be coming to the nursery to provide fluoride varnishing for the children. The nursery staff will explain more in person but please put this date on your calendar so you are prepared. If your child doesn't normally attend then please still come along for this important free service. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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We had these paints out, a couple of weeks ago, at Messy Toddlers Stay and Play. What will it be today? Come along for 1.00 and see! ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Four members of staff recently renewed their food hygiene certificates. The other four were caring for the children during the course and will renew theirs the next time a course is held. We made sure our fantastic assistant Cham who prepares almost all of our food renewed hers first. Well done ladies! ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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We will have staff in the library again today. Our nursery children visit but we'd love to meet stay and play children and new children too. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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How often has your school or nursery closed because of snow? Or waited till you got to work then telephoned you to say they were closing early?

Just a little reminder that St John's Nursery has never had hours disrupted because of snow. All our staff live local enough to walk to the nursery so we've never had the need.

Which means if you can get here we are ready to play in the snow and then warm up with hot chocolate and toast.

There's not even any worry about getting here on time. If you are late from work because of snow we will care for your child at no extra charge until you get to us safe and sound.
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10 months ago

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We'd love to invite all pre-school children with an adult to Stay and Play Rainbow Club this morning 9.30-11.15. Toys, craft and singing all for £1.50 per adult and child. Don't forget payment is once a week come today and get another two sessions FREE this week ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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We still have some places available for children aged 2-4 in our nursery.

Register before 10th October to receive funding for this term (call in to see if you are eligible).

All children aged 3 and over receive 15 hours of free nursery care a week or 12 if stretched over the whole year instead of term time.

If both parents work, or one parent in a single-parent family and your child is 3 or over then you receive 30 hours Free or 24 if stretched over the whole year instead of term time.

If you receive income support or the highest rate of WFTC and you have a 2-year-old then they will also receive 15 hours of free nursery care a week (or 12 if stretched over the whole year instead of term time).

If you require extra hours we charge £3.96 per hour.

We are happy to accept fee-paying children, funded children, and children whose parents receive funding and pay for extra hours.

All children regardless of how they pay or how many hours they have may attend 38 or 49 weeks a year.

We are open from 8am-5pm (longer hours may be negotiated) All parents choose hours for their convenience (there are no set session times)

There is no registration fee and no deposit. We don't charge for bank holidays and the week at Christmas and Easter we are closed. We include free meals and snacks and have no hidden extras.
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10 months ago

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Toddler Church is on this afternoon 1pm-2.30pm. In the Church lounge. FREE for all children under 5 with an adult. Come and join us all welcome ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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In the summer holidays, Catherine and some older children were given a box that a chest freezer was delivered in. They spent a whole week making it into a cottage and had loads of fun doing it. They hoped it might last a day or two into the autumn term but it's still going strong! Maybe they should start a business selling play houses x ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Why don't you end the week with fun and come along to Stay and Play Rainbow Club? Open 9.30-11.15 suitable for pre-school children with an adult. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Ofsted requires there always be a 1st aider present in the nursery. We decided to keep things simple. Instead of trying to organise rotas around 1st aiders we all took a fully recognised 1st aid course, specialising in paediatric 1st aid and are now all qualified 1st aiders. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Messy Toddlers Stay and Play is open today 1pm-2.30pm come along for some messy fun with craft. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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At nursery, the staff have been practising their basic Makaton skills. Over the years we have had several children with extra needs, using and understanding Makaton signs is particularly helpful when thinking about their inclusion. We do find it helpful to use some signs with all the children especially the younger ones or children with English as a second language. It's much easier to understand "wash you hands please" if there are actions as well as words ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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2 members of nursery staff will be running Great Horton library today they'd love to meet old and new parents. Pop in and say hello if you have time. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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We often get parents telling us that the Early Years Foundation Stage can seem quite complicated. So in basic terms here is what we do with all children in our care.

We find out what a child can already do.
We record that using observations, pictures, photos etc.
We find out what toys and activities the child really likes.
We decide what the next step in learning is.
We use something the child really enjoys to help them move to the next step.
And we repeat the whole process

By watching we see little Bob saying 1, 2, 3, 4 while playing with dinosaurs. We would write that down and then think about getting Bob to count 4 dinosaurs out from a pile of dinosaurs making sure he knew he had 1 and then 2 etc. When Bob can do that we start again. At any point, he could change and play with lego instead of dinosaurs. So we use lego instead. While Bob is learning to count dinosaurs he's also learning to listen, to talk, to sort, to share the list goes on and on and everything on the list has a next learning step too.

All this while playing and having fun!
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10 months ago

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Stay and Play Rainbow Club is running this morning from 9.30-11.15. New children and parents are welcome no need to book just come along and meet us. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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This is our gallery display board, which is in the messy area. We found if children had to wait for their pictures to dry, be backed and then stapled to a wall they lost interest and had even forgotten it was their picture by the time it was on the wall.

It was also quite time-consuming for staff to keep changing the backing and the pictures. So we glued some clothes pegs to the board and then painted the whole board red.

Now the children can ask for their picture to be displayed immediately and remove it to take it home as soon as they'd like. We also encourage children to bring things in from home including pictures and recently postcards to display.

We have the added bonus of now spending less time backing and stapling and more time with the children.
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10 months ago

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Come and find out how God made us all special in our own way. Toddler Church 1pm-2.30pm. Songs, toys, story, craft and refreshments all FREE all children under 5 with an adult welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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"look, Catherine, I've made my nursery" If we ever get the chance for a new building we are sending this clever lad to the architects to help draw up the plans! ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Stay and Play is open this morning from 9.30am until 11.15am. Suitable for toddlers and adults. The cost is £1.50 per adult and child, however, this is a once a week payment so if you've already paid this week then today would be free. No need to book just come into the lounge and say hello. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Today we made a harvest display out of some of the children's fruit printing. We think it looks really cheerful with all the bright colours. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Today we have 'messy toddlers stay and play' in the Church lounge from 1pm-2.30pm. Along with a selection of toys, we have a messy craft for little ones to explore. The cost is £1.50 per adult and child however if you already attended this Tuesday then it's free. You are also welcome to come to Fridays stay and play for free if you paid on Tuesday or today. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Do you remember topics and or interest tables at school and nursery?

The 'our week' board in nursery covers a story, a colour, a shape, a number, a letter and a song or poem.

Sometimes we choose books with a topic in mind for instance at Christmas. Sometimes we choose a book purposefully because we want to concentrate on a certain concept and sometimes it's just because the book is a child's favourite.

We aim to change the board once a week but if the children are still really interested we'll leave it longer.

The board is in our carpet area and visible from our snack/lunch table which gives us lots of opportunities to talk to children one to one and in groups about our colour, letter, number etc.

We also encourage children to find things in the nursery and outside which match one or more of the concepts. This is a great way of enabling children to become more active in their own learning at their own level, for instance, a little one may look for brown things while an older child may look for four brown things and then move on to four brown circles.
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10 months ago

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On Wednesdays, our nursery staff help to run Great Horton Library. While they welcome all users they are particularly pleased to meet pre-school children with their carers. If you have a chance please do call in for a chat and a story. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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This is our small world area. The children love playing with the resources we have. By the end of the day, we have cars, people and buildings scattered across the rooms but our storage makes it easy to tidy up ready for the next day ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Stay and Play is open this morning from 9.30am until 11.15am. Suitable for toddlers and adults. The cost is £1.50 per adult and child, however, this is a once a week payment so paying today means you can come Thursday and Friday for free. No need to book just come into the lounge and say hello. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Books are so important to children's learning. We swap our books over on a weekly basis and try to include; fiction, non-fiction, dual language, songs, poems and board books in every selection. We have a dedicated book corner with comfy chairs and cushions but are happy to let children look at books when and where they want to, including outside. Our shelf of soft toy book buddies is very popular with the children. Once a week we visit the library with a selection of children to pick library books. Before children leave for reception class they receive a bookstart pack which includes a free book and advice on joining the library if you haven't already done so. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

St John's Nursery

All ready for our first Toddler Church Stay and Play after the summer break. Starting at 1pm until 2.30pm. All children under five years old with an adult carer welcome to come and join in the fun. Toys, Bible story, craft, songs and refreshments and all FREE xx ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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We at St John's are looking for to this evening. All are welcome if you'd like to know more about the evening or Alpha as a whole then please speak to Catherine ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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If anyone is interested then I believe there are still available places. Just use the contact details below to find out more. Or if you'd prefer speak to Catherine tomorrow. Please do share with anyone else if you think they'd find it helpful. ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

St John's Nursery

Our nursery computer is kept in the table top and carpet area. For safety, it only connects to the internet outside of the room but we change our age-appropriate apps regularly. We have an all in one PC with keyboard, mouse and touchscreen. We encourage the children to learn how to turn the PC on and access the apps they'd like. They use the keyboard and mouse when they have mastered the touchscreen. There is space for 2 children at a time at the easily accessible table. This helps children to share, take turns and work cooperatively and extends the opportunity to communicate with each other and build friendships. We particularly enjoy how older more able children will help and encourage the younger ones. As well as the PC helping to develop IT skills, communication and social and emotional skills the carefully chosen apps help to develop almost all other skills including, early reading & writing, maths, listening, fine motor skills and expressive arts and design ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Our nursery computer is kept in the table top and carpet area. For safety, it only connects to the internet outside of the room but we change our age-appropriate apps regularly. We have an all in one PC with keyboard, mouse and touchscreen. We encourage the children to learn how to turn the PC on and access the apps they'd like. They use the keyboard and mouse when they have mastered the touchscreen. There is space for 2 children at a time at the easily accessible table. This helps children to share, take turns and work cooperatively and extends the opportunity to communicate with each other and build friendships. We particularly enjoy how older more able children will help and encourage the younger ones. As well as the PC helping to develop IT skills, communication and social and emotional skills the carefully chosen apps help to develop almost all other skills including, early reading & writing, maths, listening, fine motor skills and expressive arts and design ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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Hi everyone! Due to some technical issues we've had to start a new page for St John's Nursery. Please do like and share even if you don't have young children yourselves. The more likes we get the better the publicity all round Thank you ... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

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