Welcome to the Blackbirds Nursery!
We have really enjoyed meeting some of our new Blackbird children this term. We do still have places available in nursery. Please could you spread the word amongst friends who may be looking for a nursery place.
The Early Years Provision was awarded ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2018. It was noted that ‘relationships are strong and adults are warm and supportive of children’, ‘children are attentive, approach their learning with positive attitudes and behave well’ and ‘children’s happy, settled start and good progress mean they are well prepared for KS1’.
We believe the nursery offers a positive start for all children.
Forest School and the Outdoor Environment at Blackbird Nursery
We feel that fostering a love of the outdoors is really important for our children which is why we spend as much time as possible outside, whether on site in the foundation stage garden or in the nearby forest school area.
Last year we were very busy growing our own crops and upcycling cable drums to make tables. We are hoping to continue with our environmental adventures this year and will be looking at ways of making our Nursery as ecologically sound and sustainable as possible (watch this space for further information coming soon).
We think our outside space is already pretty terrific, but we have many new ideas for next year and a few surprises in store.
Feedback from our Parents
Thank you to all those who completed our Exit Nursery Questionnaire (July 2019). We have taken on board your comments, both positive and negative and these will help us to shape the future of our Nursery.
The comments on the whole were broadly positive. Some parents did suggest that we do more ‘Forest School’ with the children and make more use of the local parks and outdoor spaces. Another suggestion was that we improve communication with parents by perhaps including more information about the nursery and upcoming events in the school newsletter. We will definitely try to do this next year.
We thought you’d really like to see what our parents think so we have included some quotes below:
‘I think it is a fun, engaging, varied setting. I love the large airy classroom on two levels and the outdoor space shared with Reception’
‘Lovely indoor and outdoor space. Lovely staff.’
‘Teachers guide the children with love and care’
‘It has been lovely to be invited in to the phonics sessions’
Blackbirds Nursery Teaching Staff
Blackbird Class Teacher: Helen Pearson