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Manor Fields Nursery

Manor Fields Nursery

Our dedicated Early Years Team in Nursery and Reception is committed to providing the highest quality care and education for all our children in a happy, nurturing and safe environment. We work together to ensure that we offer opportunities for the children to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills that build the foundations for future learning.

We passionately believe in the importance of our role in exciting and inspiring each and every child, supporting them to reach their potential, develop their independence and nurture a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.

Our exciting and challenging play-based curriculum is linked to the children’s interests and activities are planned to inspire and deepen understanding. Learning takes place indoors and outdoors, in all weathers and teaching can be in small or larger groups, guided by the teacher or independent.

The Early Years Curriculum consists of three Prime and four Specific Areas of Learning. All seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are therefore taught with a cross curricular approach. The Prime Areas are fundamental and underpin successful development across all other areas of learning.

Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and Language Development

Involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

Physical Development

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Specific Areas of Learning

Literacy Development

Involves supporting children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials – for example books, poems, and other materials to ignite their interest.

Mathematics development

Involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding of the World

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world through opportunities to explore, investigate and observe, finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

Involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.


Characteristics of effective learning

The three characteristics of effective learning comprise playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. The characteristics describe the different ways children learn rather than what they learn.

They begin at birth and are lifelong characteristics which are critical for building children’s capacity for future learning. These characteristics need to be understood by practitioners working across all seven areas of learning.

It is important that the Characteristics of Learning (engagement through playing and exploring, being motivated through active learning and creating and thinking critically,) underpin the prime and specific  curriculum areas and are specifically planned for. Skills such as independence, curiosity, resilience, collaboration, and reflection are critical for success as a 21st century learner.

Early Years Foundation



Our Nursery sessions are either am or pm





The children are encouraged to wear:

Boys: Long grey trousers, white short sleeved polo shirt and a school sweatshirt.  Boys can wear grey shorts in the summer.
Girls: Grey pinafore, skirt or trousers in winter, white short sleeved polo short and school sweatshirt.  Girls can wear blue gingham dresses in the summer.

Please label all items of clothing and footwear clearly so as to avoid loss and upset.  You can purchase school uniform from Mrs Parish who visits the school on a regular basis.  Please check the reception area outside the office for details.

If your child is unwell, please do not send them into school.  If you child is suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting, please allow 48 hours from the last episode before sending them back to school.  This ensures that they are well enough to benefit from the session, and also prevents germs from spreading to others.

Children must always be accompanied and collected from school by a parent, child-minder or another known adult.  If you ever send anyone else to collect your child, please make sure the staff know who to expect.

It is very important that you keep us informed of any changes of address and emergency numbers so that we can contact you if necessary.

One of the best ways to see your child learning is to come in and help out for a session.  We warmly welcome parents, grandparents and guardians to come and play with us, and the children love having new adults to play with.  You will find a parent help rota on our notice board, so please sign up. 

Do you have a special skill or an interesting job that you could share with the children?  Here at Manor Fields we actively encourage visits from people from all walks of life, as they can provide our children with rich learning experiences and wonderful opportunities to learn new things.  If you would like to take part, or know of someone that would, please speak to a member of staff.

Latest News & Notifications

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Head’s Termly Newsletter

5th September 2016

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Term Dates 2016/2017

12th September 2016

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The School Day

28th September 2016