Nursery

Session Times
 
Our wonderful nursery is organised into morning and afternoon sessions, 5 days a week, parents can use the 15 hours government funding for these. In addition, we offer a number of extended care places, these are subject to availability. Please speak to our school office manager, Sarah Tarrant, for availability of these sessions. Currently we offer 16 morning and 16 afternoon places, and 16 extended care places (changes subject to demand). The nursery runs term time only.
 
Morning Session 8.50am to 11.50am
Afternoon Session 12.20pm to 3.20pm
All Day Extended Care 8.50am to 3.20pm
 
Who can apply for a place at our nursery?

Priory Rise nursery caters for three and four year olds. Your child may start at our nursery in the term following their 3rd birthday and stay until they start the Reception year of school. Children aged 3 and 4 are automatically entitled to 15 hours child care funded by the government. We offer these sessions as five morning sessions or 5 afternoon sessions. If you would like to enquire about a place at Priory Rise nursery for your child or be added to the waiting list for next year, please register your interest and session preference with the school office.
Extended Care

We offer a number of extended care places, enabling your child to stay 8.50am -3.20pm. There are two ways to pay for these extra sessions. Parents can pay upfront, £15 per day; we send invoices out a half term in advance. Alternatively families who are eligible for 30 hours funding, currently being offered by the government, may use this funding for all day extended care. To check if you are entitled to 30 hours of government funded child care, click the link below.
Milton Keynes Council website also offers the following guidance:
Please be aware, if you are successful in gaining the 30 hours funding, you will need to access the government portal to get your unique code. The code needs to be given to the school office. A new code will need to be gained for each subsequent term before the start of the next new term.
 
If your child has an extended place there is small daily charge of £1.75, for lunchtime supervision costs, and you will need to provide your child with a packed lunch.
 
Ways to Pay
 
Priory Rise nursery care can be paid for using childcare vouchers. If you are not already part of this government scheme you will not be able to join after September 2018. We also accept Tax Free Credits, the new government initiative.
 
Wrap Around Care

Please note, currently, Priory Rise does NOT offer before and after school child care for nursery age children.
 
Induction
 
When your child successfully has a place at Priory Rise nursery there will be several steps we will take in order to ensure your child settles as well as possible and your family feels best prepared for nursery life. An induction meeting with be held Thursday 21st June at 4pm, this is for parents only. You will have the opportunity to find out more about the ethos of the school, meet staff and have a closer look around the setting. In September (or the week before your child starts, if later in the year) we will visit you and your child at your home, this will give you a chance to chat privately with your child’s key worker and have any questions answered. The next day, you can bring your child to the setting for a Stay and Play date, for an hour, and then the very next session your child will begin their exciting learning journey at Priory Rise.

About Our Nursery
 
Our nursery is a key part of Priory Rise School, facilitated by an experienced team who work very closely together and with the rest of the staff across the Foundation Stage. Nursery is currently staffed by a full time teacher, 1 full-time nursery nurse, 2 part-time nursery nurses and a teaching assistant. We offer a warm and welcoming nursery environment which provides well resourced inside and outside areas. Your child will be able to extend their learning by exploring and playing with resources designed to capture and develop their interests. Learning will be developed through the characteristics of effective learning and the 7 areas of the early years foundation stage (EYFS). Your child’s learning and progress will be captured in Tapestry (an online learning journal), something which has been highly successful and popular this year with parents. We recognise that each child is unique and progresses at their own rate in their own way. Our caring and nurturing staff will enable your child to develop to be the best version of themselves by providing individualised learning through observation, questioning, exploration and building on children’s interests. Nursery children will visit others parts of the school; the small hall to do P.E. once a week and the library to borrow a book, enabling the children to become familiar with the larger school community around them.
 
What is the EYFS?

To find out more about what the EYFS is about and the various stages of child development click below for the document "What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage".
Induction Booklet

Please click the link below to see the Induction Booklet for families new to Priory Rise nursery. This will provide you with lots of information and details you may need to know prior to your child starting.
Uniform

Children attending nursery are encouraged to wear a uniform, to show they are part of our school community, however we appreciate children of this age grow pretty quickly so the items of clothing do not need to have the school logo if parents choose. Please see our school uniform policy.