The Nursery Class and Pre-Prep School is where we give children a head start on their educational journey and the foundation of learning is laid and a lifelong thirst for knowledge initiated. As soon as your child is three years old, they can join The Nursery Class – this can be at any point in the year with full time and part time sessions available.

We introduce your child into The Nursery Class at their own pace. They will come for an initial first Stay and Play session, and then they may have a further two or more Stay and Plays until they are settled into Nursery Life.

The Nursery children progress to the Pre-Prep School, and our Nursery is designed for families who intend for their child to continue their education at Wycliffe.

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Exceptional Facilities & Play-Led Learning

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In the Nursery Class, children cover a new topic each term through art, play, music discussion, exploration and child-led activities. They are introduced to number concepts, shapes, sequencing, phonics, pre-reading and writing skills, scientific thinking and basic motor skills through the Early Years Curriculum.

By having access to the extensive facilities on the Prep School campus, we aim to develop the children’s character and abilities by providing them the opportunity to try new activities.

During the academic year, the children will have the opportunity to develop their creativity through music and art sessions as well as numeracy and literacy. All children have French and PE with specialist teachers in those subjects and participate in fortnightly Forest School sessions. Those in their Pre-Reception year will swim with a swimming teacher.

Small class sizes mean children get highly individualised attention from EYFS experts and experienced teaching assistants.

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Nursery Class 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 we have a holiday care provider 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 Swimming lessons, 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.

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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