Welcome to our Nursery page

New Nursery children are invited to attend stay and play sessions before their start date, this gives us an opportunity to welcome them and introduce ourselves. Children begin Nursery in early September. Staff work hard to ensure the children and families feel secure and confident and spend a great deal of time settling the children into Nursery life, helping them to explore their new environments and learn the routines and expectations of Nursery. The children are split into two Keyworker groups, either Caterpillars or Ladybirds and although this helps to build a secure relationship for the children with familiar adults, the Nursery operates free-flow, therefore the children are able to familiarise themselves with all the staff and children very quickly.

At Hamstel Nursery we learn through play, engaging in 6 exciting themes throughout the year, which encourages interactive, hands-on exploration. Staff ensure the children have plentiful opportunities to be inquisitive and ask questions, whilst staff encourage independence, building the children’s self-esteem and self-confidence. The children at Hamstel Nursery engage in many messy play and water based activities in order to explore the curriculum, working within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Once the children have settled into Nursery life, we begin to teach pre-reading skills and phonics through adult-led activities daily and as part of structured carpet sessions twice a week. The children will also be split into groups and participate in short Maths sessions twice a week, during which we teach number recognition, recite numbers, find one more or one less and learn basic shapes.

Throughout the year the children are learning in all areas of the curriculum through play-based activities. However, a great deal of activities focus on the children’s social skills, the staff model how to play as part of a team and tackle sharing issues, talking about feelings and how to look after themselves, each other and the Nursery resources. The children leave Hamstel Nursery, ready for their next challenge into Reception, with a solid transition programme and having the support and skills in order for them to be independent and ‘School ready’.

Nursery Curriculum


​From September 2020 we have signed up to the Department for Education Early Adopter Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The government is aiming to introduce this new framework across all schools from September 2021.


Information on the new Early Adopter EYFS Framework and the accompanying curriculum document Development Matters can be found on the government website here


The two documents are also attached below for your information.

Early Adopter EYFS Framework

Development Matters

Meet the Team

Nursery News

Miss S. Brookes

Early Years Nurse


Mrs H. Riley

Early Years Nurse

Miss Z. Garrett

Mrs S. Gibbs

Ms J. Howes

Miss S. Snell

Mrs C. Taylor

Mrs A. Williams

Nursery Assistants

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