Little Avocets Nursery
We believe that a school nursery really offers a great start for children; access to a rich variety of play based learning opportunities run by staff with a clear understanding of the next steps children will take as they move through the primary school and how to prepare children for these.
At Wickham Market Primary School our nursery and reception classes are combined in a Foundation Stage Unit. This is made up of two large classrooms, that can either be opened up for children to move freely between or separated to allow for more focussed lesson time for older pupils when appropriate. These two classrooms open out onto a large outdoor learning environment, including a covered area allowing us to enjoy time outside whatever the weather.
Operating as a Foundation Stage Unit has many benefits. It makes the most effective use of staff, space and resources. Transitions for young children can be a cause of anxiety and concern for parents and children; a unit removes the hurdle between nursery and reception reducing the transitions a child has to make. Staff work with the children over a longer period of time increasing the opportunity to respond to children's unique needs and interests.
- Morning Session 8:45 - 11:45
- Lunch Club 11:45 - 12:30
- Afternoon Session 12:30 - 3:30
Whether you are entitled to 30 hours nursery funding or the universal 15 hours funding, subject to availability, you are able to use your nursery hours flexibly. Your child may attend morning sessions, afternoon sessions or a combination of both. You can also use our nursery lunch club (£2 per session) to join a morning and afternoon session together for a full ‘school day’ (8:45 - 3:30). Lunch club is not counted as part of your 15 or 30 hour entitlement.
For those who are only entitled to 15 hours funding additional sessions may be booked at £10 per three hour session. We require parents to book their sessions on a term by term basis. However, where spaces allow one off extra sessions may be booked on an ad hoc basis.
For more detailed information please find our Nursery Information Booklet below.