Welcome to Nursery 2013 – 2014




Nursery News - Autumn 2013 


I am delighted to report that all the children are settling wonderfully into life at Wylam Nursery.  Each day new facets of their characters are revealed and new confidences found – and it’s only Week 2!  You should all be very proud.



I would like to invite you to a short ‘Early Year’s Welcome’ on Wednesday 23rd  October at 9.15am in the School Hall.  You will have a chance to talk to other parents over a coffee and listen to the Nursery and Reception children perform a few of the songs they have been learning together.  You are also welcome to visit Nursery afterwards to let your child show you around and see some of the work they have been doing.  I will of course be available to answer any queries or discuss any concerns you may have. 



You may have noticed your child has their own display area in the classroom.  This is a space for your child to choose and display items which they are proud of and /or reflect their characters, interests and achievements.  If your child wishes to bring in any photos, images to add to their space this would be fantastic.



In the interests of safety and security the Nursery door is locked each morning at 9.05am.  If you arrive after this time please could you enter via the main school door.  The gate in the Nursery yard should be closed and bolted when you leave the yard after dropping off your child.  If you have made arrangements for someone other than yourself, or your normal designated carer, to collect your child please could you write this on the whiteboard in the corridor to ensure staff are clear of any changes to normal collection routines.



We will be starting some introductory PE sessions in the Hall later this term. Please could you ensure your child has a PE kit consisting of named shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls in a clearly labelled bag.  PE will be every Monday, however, I would suggest that the kit is left in school and simply brought home at the end of each half term.  It would also be very helpful if you could consider carefully the clothes your child wears on PE days as we are trying to encourage the children to become independent at dressing themselves.  We will, of course, help any child who needs assistance.




Building on the success of the library book scheme, we have a set of story sacks which can be taken home for a two week period.  These contain a story book with accompanying props/ game/ activities.  If you wish to take part in the scheme you will need to sign a form agreeing to the conditions which will be posted on the Nursery Noticeboard.  This scheme will begin after half term.



The children have each been provided with a folder in which samples of their work will be collected over the course of the year.  Although this ‘Learning Journey’ will be kept in Nursery you are encouraged to take it home when desired.  This will allow you to input to your own child’s folder, adding samples of achievements at home, helping to build up a clear portrayal of each child by the end of their Nursery Year.



In order to purchase the additional extras which help make learning really exciting we have set up a voluntary Nursery Fund.  You may contribute to this on a weekly or half termly basis.  We suggest a contribution of 50p per week.  If you wish to contribute the collection dish will be available on the Parents Nursery shelf in the classroom.  This shelf also contains a photo album displaying some of the activities the children have been participating in.  PLEASE do have a look.



Parent helpers are very valuable in the setting and allow us to extend the range of activities and quality of learning for the children. If anyone would like to help I would be happy to discuss this with you.  Please be aware that you will need a CRB clearance specifically for Wylam First School.  Forms are available from the office.



Please could I politely request that children do not bring their own toys into Nursery.  This causes potential upset when toys become lost or when other children want to play with them – Thank you.



Don’t forget we break up for holiday on Friday 25th October.  The children will start back on Monday 4th November.



On behalf of all the Nursery Team, Thank you for your positive feedback.  The children are a delight to work with and we are looking forward to really getting to know them over the course of the year. 



Yvonne Hamilton



Please click here if you would like to see the Early Years Brochure  and Early Years Curriculum.


Early Years Unit


At Wylam Nursery we are very proud of all our children and how they achieve and develop through play within our Early Years unit.  The role of Nursery is vital in the education of the children providing basic skills for their future learning.  Key learning skills are developed, via the Early Years Foundation Stage, which gives the child positive building blocks for their future education as well motivated, independent, life long learners.


Our Nursery provides rich and stimulating experiences through a well planned and organised environment – indoors and outdoors.  This provides structure for teaching within which children can explore, experiment, plan and make decisions.


Children are given rich stimuli to help them use their imaginations and develop further their strengths. Learning for each half term is planned after observing childrens interests and motivations.


In Nursery all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage  are covered:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts & Design

The Children also have a regular PE lesson, ICT lesson and have the opportunity to participate in the library book and story sack scheme.


Please click here on The Classroom to see what our school theme is for 2013/2014.




School Choir

Wylam First School choir is open to all children in Years 2, 3 and 4. We meet every Friday lunchtime (12.30 - 1:00) in the nursery classroom. We sing a wide variety of songs and the emphasis is always on having fun. We have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the North East. Read more about it here.