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The Nursery Class at Wycliffe FAQs

What are the opening hours of The Nursery Class?

During the 34-week term-time period The Nursery Class is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. If you need childcare in the School holidays, Manor Farm Holiday Club offers countryside fun for three to 12 year olds and is based on the Prep School campus. Therefore, it is simply one drop-off and pick-up location throughout the year.

How many Nursery Sessions do I need to commit to?

We ask for a minimum commitment of five Nursery Sessions. You can choose whichever Sessions you want and book additional ones as and when you need them.

How does The Nursery Class at Wycliffe differ to other Nursery providers?

The Nursery Class at Wycliffe is based on introducing educational content in a play centric way. We begin their learning journey in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework within a nurturing environment. We start to teach literacy, phonics, sounds and mathematics in an age appropriate way. Children who attend The Nursery Class will be confident when they start their Reception Class, with a seamless transition into mainstream education.

We provide a strong foundation to your child’s educational journey by providing highly individual attention from our Early Years Foundation Stage experts. The Nursery Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant take time to understand your child’s character and personalise their learning approach to each individual.

How many settling sessions will my child need?

As many as we and you believe is necessary to settle in your child.

What do I expect to find on my Nursery invoice?

Other than the termly fee, the only other items you will find on your bill will be optional classes that involve an external Teacher, e.g. Ballet. All meals and snacks, as well as a weekly Swimming lesson, Forest School and Music are all included within the fee.

What does the education involve in The Nursery Class?

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with activities planned to support children’s individual needs to enable them to make good progress in all seven areas of learning and development including mathematics and literacy. In addition to this, the children have lessons in PE, Dance, French and Forest School all led by specialist teachers.

How many forest school sessions will my child receive?

The children participate in Forest school sessions every other week throughout the year in all weathers except for extremely extreme!

What should I pack in my child’s bag for Nursery Class?

In their bag, the children need a change of uniform including underwear and socks/tights – please can these be named. They also need to bring a named water bottle each day please. If children are not toilet trained, please provide nappies, wet wipes and nappy sacks.

What should we expect on our child’s first day of Nursery?

We provide a calm, nurturing environment, with the emphasis on exploring, building friendships, and having fun to make your child’s first day at Nursery a positive experience where they can begin their learning journey.

What is the dress code for The Nursery Class?

The Nursery children wear uniform which is comfortable and perfect for exploring in.

How does Wycliffe help my child transition from Nursery to Reception?

The Nursery and Reception classrooms are in their own Early Years Foundation Stage building. The Nursery class spends time with the Reception teacher in her classroom for some sessions during the week. Therefore the Nursery children are very familiar and comfortable with the Reception classroom and staff. The Nursery class participates fully in the wider school community attending Pre-Prep assembly (for Nursery to Year 2 pupils) once a week where they celebrate achievements and join for annual events such as Harvest festival, The Nativity and Speech day. The transition to Reception is seamless and the children look forward to being the ‘big’ children in the building.

Where can I find more information about The Nursery Class?

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How will I be kept updated with my child’s progression?

The Pre-Prep staff will give you regular updates – as often as you need them.

How do I find out about my child’s day?

You will have the email address of your child’s Class Teacher whom you can contact with any queries, no matter how small they may be.

What happens if I am delayed collecting my child?

Just let us know. We will continue to look after them until you arrive.

What is Manor Farm Holiday Club and why did Wycliffe choose it as their holiday cover provider?

We have carefully selected Manor Farm as we believe their nature-based activities fully support our commitment to Forest School. Manor Farm club days are booked directly online at www.manorfarmfun.co.uk/wycliffe-book-online During their time at Manor Farm Holiday Club, children are encouraged to explore nature, meet animals and learn about the countryside.

What extra-curricular opportunities are available?

All our extra-curricular activities are designed to cultivate individual expression, self-esteem and confidence in our children. These include weekly Swimming and Music lessons; along with regular Forest School, French, Art and Drama. Sports and games are played daily making use of our outdoor facilities wherever possible. All these opportunities are provided within School hours, making room for crucial family time at the weekends.

What will my child be given to eat and drink?

Children in the Pre-Prep have a hot lunch every day and eat between 12.00pm and 12.30pm. The Pre-Prep staff sit and eat lunch with the children. This helps to ensure that each child is eating a balanced and fulfilling meal and gives the Teacher an opportunity to discuss different food groups and support the learning of good table manners. Alongside a daily hot lunch, healthy refreshments are given to the children at break times and at the end of the School Day.

My child has dietary requirements. Can you accommodate this?

Our Catering Department are extremely good at dealing with any individual dietary requirements that your child may have.

When do I pay School Fees and are there any upfront costs?

You can choose to pay your bill by monthly direct debit or on a termly basis. There is a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100 to reserve your place, followed by a £500 deposit to secure your child’s place.

Do I pay extra for wrap-around care?

No. Our School approach supports a busy family life and we therefore offer wraparound care, starting with Breakfast Club at 8.00am, with the day finishing at 6.00pm. There are no extra charges for Breakfast Club or after-school care, as this is included in the termly fee.

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