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14/12/2020 - Reminder: Home Visits for Children Starting in January 2021


With 2020 drawing to a close, the Nursery staff are excited about meeting our new families in January.  Before the children start Nursery they must all have a home visit from their key person (for an introduction to our key workers, please scroll down) and the Nursery Lead/Teacher.  Home visits play a large part in the children's successful transition and induction to their Early Years environment.  They are one of the first opportunities for staff to start building a relationship with children and their families.  Children need to begin to form an attachment with their key person, and in doing so, are more likely they to settle and feel confident to learn in their new Nursery.  


Home visits allow children and parents/carers to meet with staff in an environment where they feel more relaxed.  Home visits are not designed to judge parents or carers parenting skills or the nature of their home, but to provide an opportunity to ask important questions and for staff to gather information about children’s individual needs and interests.  Below are the home visit times for each key group in January 2021.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an exact time for your home visit, but will aim to arrive during the time window agreed.  If we are going to arrive earlier or later than the advertised time, we will endeavour to contact you first.  Please see your 'starting nursery' letter for more details about your child's key group and home visit times.   


Leopard Group - Monday 4th January 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Elephant Group - Tuesday 5th January 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Meerkat Group - Wednesday 6th January 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Giraffe Group - Thursday 7th January 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Flamingo Group - Friday 8th January 1.00pm - 4.00pm


If you have any questions about your home visit, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 01252 541879.    


03/09/2020 - Reminder: Start Dates for N1s & N2s


Please note that the official start date (subject to attendance patterns) for children returning to the Nursery is:


N2 Start Date - Monday 14th September 


This is to enable staff to conduct home visits and stay and play sessions for new starters, whilst following government guidance on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.   Home Visits will be held on:


N1 Home Visits - Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th September


For the actual date/time of your child's home visit, please refer to your letter confirming their nursery place.  The times for your child's stay and play sessions will be confirmed at the home visit, but will take place on:


N1 Stay & play sessions - Thursday 10th & Friday 11th September


If you have any questions regarding these dates, transitions or your child's return to Nursery, please contact the school office on 01252 541879.  


01/09/2020 - At Nursery we get messy, very messy!  


There is a lot of research to show the importance of messy and sensory play for children's development.  As adults we sometimes find it harder to accept things getting messy, like a nice, new Nursery uniform.  At Farnborough Grange Nursery we are quite the opposite.  We positively love making mess and all of the benefits that it brings to children's learning.  Messy play focuses on children exploring and experimenting.  It often has no end goal, but allows children to use all of their senses and go wherever their imagination or creativity will take them.  


Playing in a Mud Pie Kitchen or sharing an easel can be a very sociable activity, although doesn't have to rely on the use of language.  Even through gesture, or playing alongside one another, children can share in each others' discoveries.  By engaging in messy or sensory play, children can experience new textures or sensations, explore the use of different tools, take risks, learn new words to describe their play or even build their confidence to try new things.  There are a whole host of reasons for us to embrace messy and sensory play in the Nursery and why we will never be precious about children's uniforms.  So, if you still can't get out that grass stain no matter how many times the jumper has been washed, please don't worry, it means that your child has been learning.  


01/09/2020 - The Characteristics of Effective Learning


At Farnborough Grange Nursery we prioritise children's well-being over all else.  If children do not feel safe, secure and happy, it will be difficult for them to become engaged with the learning on offer.  There are a number of things that we provide to help children feel settled.  These include skilful and supportive Key Workers, exciting indoor and outdoor learning spaces, resources that are easily accessible, consistent boundaries/routines and long periods of Discovery Time that give children autonomy over their learning.  It is critical that these things are in place for children to become deeply engaged, demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning and make the best progress.  The three characteristics are:  


Playing & Exploring

(children investigate & explore things and are willing to have go)


Active Learning

(children concentrate, keep on trying when they encounter difficulties & enjoy their achievements)


Creating & Thinking Critically

(children have ideas, make links & develop their own ways of doing things)


Development Matters defines them as 'the way in which the child engages with other people and their environment...and underpin learning and development across all areas.'  Our planing and teaching places great emphasis on the characteristics and we closely monitor how children engage with their environment as part of our ongoing assessment.  At parent/carer consultations we report on the characteristics.  We make regular observations of them in our interactions with the children.  Parents' and carers' view of their child's characteristics are sought at home visits.  When thinking about children's engagement, the Characteristics of Effective Learning are particularly important. In nurturing the three characteristics, we pledge to the children that: 


15/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Miss Reed Reads What the Ladybird Heard On Holiday


The last of our stories is What the Ladybird Heard On Holiday by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, read by Miss Reed, the key person for Elephant Group.  Julia Donaldson's books are a great way to introduce children to the concept of rhyming words.  At Farnborough Grange Nursery, we like to say that these are words that sound the same at the end.  Hearing rhyming words can be quite tricky for nursery children, so it does take lots of practise.  When the children are ready, many of our phonic activities will support children to identify these sorts of words, so regularly sharing rhyming books at home will be a big help.  This book is actually one of a series of What the Ladybird Heard stories, so if you enjoy listening to this one with your children, you could visit the local Library (another great way to support children's learning and instil a love of reading) to hunt for more.  

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14/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Ms Smith Reads...Little Monkey


The character in today's story might be small, but that doesn't stop them from going on a big adventure.  Ms Smith, the key person for Leopard Group, is reading Little Monkey by Marta Altes.  This a story that proves, if you have a go and keep on trying, you can achieve anything that you want to.  The theme of the story is closely linked to the characteristics of effective learning that, for us as early years practitioners, are fundamental to helping children become lifelong learners.  At Farnborough Grange Nursery we want to support children to view challenges as problems to be solved, have a real commitment to their activities and finishing what they started, as well as recovering quickly from setbacks and disappointments.  By helping children to develop these crucial skills, not only will this make a difference to their long-term outcomes, but should increase their ability to become happy, resourceful, resilient adults.  We hope that you enjoy sharing Monkey's adventure and wonder what adventures the nursery children will have this summer?  

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13/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Miss Silver Reads...Dear Zoo


Today Miss Silver, the key person for Flamingo Group, is reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  This is one of our favourite stories at Farnborough Grange Nursery.  Would you believe that it is 38 years old?  Sometimes we like to tell the story together using lots of actions to help us.  Joining in with the repetitive language helps children to develop their communication skills, and waiting and watching for what actions to use helps build their listening and attention.  You could talk to the children about the different animals.  Where do they live?  What do they eat?  What do they look like?  For even more fun, you could learn a musical version of the story (see below).  

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13/08/20 - Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell - A Musical Version 


Using music and actions are a good way to support children in learning and recalling a story.  Please enjoy this musical version of the story shared by Miss Silver.  Can the children think of their own actions to help sing the song?  What sounds could they use for each animal?  Have fun!  



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12/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Miss Tigrine Reads...We're Going On a Bear Hunt


Welcome back.  We hope that you enjoyed sharing Miss Wheeler's story with your children.  Today's exciting story is We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  It is read by Miss Tigrine, the key person for Giraffe Group.  Please enjoy some quiet time, getting lost in the story together.  Can the children join in with some of the repetitive language?  What actions could they use to help them tell the story?    Where else could they go on their bear hunt?  We have another super story for you tomorrow, so don't forget to pop back to find out what it is.  

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11/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Miss Wheeler Reads...The Very Hungry Caterpillar


To help the children get to know their key person, we are going to be posting a new story on this page every day this week.  Today's story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, read by Miss Wheeler, the key person for Meerkat Group.  Please share the story with your children and talk to them about it afterwards.  Who was the story about?  What happened?  Where did it happen?  Did they like the story?  Why?  Why not?   Remember to check back tomorrow for another story and to meet another of our fantastic Key Workers.  See you soon!  

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11/08/2020 - To Do List Part 2


Here is another list of things 'to do' before your child starts nursery September 2020.  A lot of the items relate to buying and labelling uniform.  Please, please, please remember to label absolutely everything to help us re-unite children with their uniform at the end of each session.  Remember to keep an eye out each day this week for new Key Worker stories, available from today!  


30/07/20 - To Do List Part 1


Below is a list of things 'to do' before your child starts nursery in September 2020.  Each week we will add a new checklist to help you prepare for the new school year.  Please remember that nursery jumpers/cardigans will be compulsory from September and water bottles will be essential in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  


30/07/20 - Stay & Play Sessions - How to Support Your Child


Below are some hints and tips about how to support your child during their stay and play sessions on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2020.  These will be available as prompt cards at both sessions, so please feel free to take one.  If you have any questions, the nursery staff will be on hand to help.  


29/07/2020 - Reminder - Home Visits September 2020


Below are the home visit times for each key group in September 2020.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an exact time for your home visit, but will aim to arrive during the time window agreed.  If we are going to arrive earlier or later than the advertised time, we will endeavour to contact you first.  For children in the resourced provision, the majority of home visits (but not all) will occur on Wednesday 9th September 2020 from 1.00pm-3.00pm.  Please see your 'starting nursery' letter for more details about your child's key group and home visit times.   


Meet the Key Workers


Below is our team of dedicated Key Workers and the groups that they look after.  They are looking forward to meeting our new families in September and will be working hard to make sure that all of the children have a safe, happy and settled transition.  Home visits and stay-and-play sessions are a good opportunity for you to begin to get to know the Key Workers and a chance for them to start building a supportive relationship with the children.  In September, and going forward, Key Workers are your first port of call when providing information about the children, discussing learning and development, any medical conditions or medications and collection arrangements.  Please note that the Nursery Lead, Mr Mellish, will also be on hand at drop-off and collection to answer any questions that you might have. 


Starting Nursery - Frequently Asked Questions


Please find below, answers to some of the commonly asked questions when children start at Farnborough Grange Nursery.  We hope that you find them helpful, but if you have any further questions, please do get in touch.  


If you have not received your starter pack, or are missing any of the forms, please download and print them below.  


FGNIS Data Collection Form


This allows you to provide important information about your child, your family, any medical conditions, dietary requirements, special educational needs and much more.  Please complete and return to the school office or the Nursery staff during your home visit.  


GDPR - Privacy Notice to Parents/Carers


This document explains what personal information the school collects and holds and why/who it may be necessary to share information with.  Please give your permission by completing and returning the attached declaration.  


Nursery Collection Permissions Letter


This form allows you to provide details of other adults, other than yourself, who are permitted to collect your child from Nursery.  If you are able to provide three contacts, this can be particularly helpful in the unlikely event of an emergency situation.  Please note that, in order to safeguard your child, the Nursery will not release them to anyone but the contacts listed, unless your express permission has been sought first.


Nursery Personal Care Permission Letter


Sometimes it may be necessary for Nursery staff to support your child with changing/toileting.  In hotter weather, it may also be necessary to help children re-apply suncream, particularly those who attend all day.  We require your signed permission in order to be able to help your child.  Please complete and return the attached form.  


Annual Consent Form for Specific Off-Site Learning


The purpose of this consent form is to enable parents/carers of children at the school to give their permission for their child to participate in frequent, local, curriculum focused visits and journeys away from the school during the school day.  


Useful Websites/Links


This document provides the necessary links for parents/carers to log in to Scopay online payments.  Please note that you will need to obtain a unique code from the school office in order to register.  It also provides links to our uniform supplier, My Clothing, and the Hampshire Medically Identified Special Diet Application Form should your child have food allergies and/or special dietary requirements.  


30-Hour Code Autumn Term 2020


For working parents who wish to apply for 30-hours of funded childcare, details of how and when to apply are contained in this letter.  Please note that although the school deadline of 1st July 2020 has lapsed, you are still able to able apply provided that you do so no later than 31st August 2020.  For parents already in receipt of a 30-hour code, please remember to update your details before this date also.  This will need to completed every 3 months.  Unfortunately, children cannot attend for 30-hours unless the Nursery is in receipt of a valid code.  


Virtual New Parents and Carers Presentation Part 1


Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold a transition meeting for parents and carers of children starting Nursery in September 2020.  Below is a virtual presentation, in three parts, providing the information, including transition dates, that would have been shared at the meeting.  We hope that you find it helpful.  

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Virtual New Parents and Carers Presentation Part 2


In Part 2 of our virtual presentation, we cover what a typical nursery session looks like, the dos and don'ts of drop off and collection, how the self-service snack bar works, and what the children can expect if staying for lunch.  

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Virtual New Parents and Carers Presentation Part 3


In Part 3 of our virtual presentation, we focus on breakfast and after-school clubs.  Please note that owing to COVID-19, wrap-around care will unfortunately not be available for nursery children in September.  We also take a look at the aims and objectives of Early Years at Farnborough Grange, as well as providing more information about home visits, stay-and-play sessions, and some important transition dates.  

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Nursery Tour - The Inside Area


In normal circumstances, we would have welcomed our new families for a tour of the nursery.  This helps the children to get to know the nursery environment, as well as meet the staff and some of their new friends.  Unfortunately, this has not been possible because of COVID-19 but, fear not, special arrangements have been made for parents/carers to safely accompany children for stay-and-play sessions on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2020.  In the meantime, please join Mr Mellish on a video tour of the nursery inside area.  

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Nursery Tour - The Outside Area


We hope that you enjoyed the video tour of the nursery inside area and that you saw the wide variety of resources and exciting learning spaces that the children can access in our continuous provision.  Now join Mr Mellish for a tour of our large, nature-rich, outdoor space.  Please come and explore with your children and talk to them about all of the things that they can see.  What do they notice?  What would they like to do when they start nursery?  

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Starting Nursery - Social Story 


Please read this social story with your children to introduce them to their new nursery and some of the people that they will see there.


Starting Nursery - How to Help at Home


Please try some of these activities at home to help your children prepare for starting nursery in September.  


Transition Dates - September 2020


For those starting Nursery in September 2020, please remember to diary these important transition dates, including home visits and stay-and-play sessions.  Please remember that, for safety reasons, only one parent may accompany a child for stay-and-plays, and that the Early Years Picnic is subject to further guidance on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  


Ordering Nursery Jumpers & Cardigans


A nursery jumper or cardigan will be compulsory for all children attending nursery from September 2020.  We recommend sizing-up so that they last longer and can be worn over layers in colder weather.  Please use the link to our supplier, My Clothing, below.  Orders take between 11-14 days to arrive, so don't forget to order in plenty of time before our official start date on Monday 14th September.  

Together, we grow our love for learning.