Welcome to Super Squirrels!
Our warm, welcoming nursery provision is fully-flexible and admits children from their third birthday onwards. We offer 'Stay & Play' sessions to help you and your child explore the setting prior to their official start date. These sessions are led by our experienced Early Years Lead, Mrs Tacon and are a great way for you to learn more about how Super Squirrels provides an excellent foundation for your child's primary education.
Here at Stakesby, your child will learn through play and as part of small group sessions centred around number, phonics, understanding the world, physical development and personal development.
Forest School takes place every Wednesday with our specialist teacher, Mrs Mason. We're very lucky to have our own school wood; the changing natural environment provides a wonderful space for your child to learn, explore and challenge themselves in a safe and familiar setting.
Parents and carers can join in the fun via Class Dojo - a free app for your phone and tablet - which is where we post photos of our learning, play and adventures each day.
Our nursery spaces can book up quickly; you are able to reserve your child's place by contacting the school office by telephone on 01947 820231 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What should my child wear for nursery?
Our uniform is comfortable, smart and promotes independence. It consists of:
Black skirt, pinafore, trousers or shorts.* Pupils who have just gained independence in toileting should wear something that can easily be pulled down or up to minimise accidents
White polo shirt or short-sleeved shirt**
Grey Stakesby branded cardigan or jumper
Black shoes which are hard-wearing and suitable for climbing
Black or grey tights
Black, grey or white socks
*In the Summer Term, girls may choose to wear a blue gingham dress
**Some pupils may choose to wear a tie with their shirt in preparation for Reception
We also highly recommend that your child has a book bag to carry items such as reading books, pictures and other artworks to and from school
How can I help prepare my child for nursery?
At nursery there may be more people than your child is used to, some of them unfamiliar. Taking them to places with other children - such as parent & child classes - and encouraging them to socialise will help.
All young children can find sharing and turn taking a challenge. Playing games that encourage turn taking and sharing – and explaining why this is important - will help.
Encourage your child to be independent and to have a go at doing things by themselves. Let them practise putting on their own clothes and shoes – starting with something less tricky such as a coat. Help them to become toilet trained by recognising when they need to go. Speak to your health visitor for advice about when and how to start this. All children develop at different rates and we are happy to support you with toilet training.
Talking, sharing stories and singing songs and rhymes are a brilliant way to help to develop your child’s language and communication skills. These skills are essential to help support them when playing with other children. The BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people has some great ideas and resources for parents to use with their children to develop language skills.