Kingsmoor Academy’s Nursery

Since September 2017 our school has offered quality Early Years provision for 3 – 4 year olds.

Kingsmoor Academy’s Nursery provides a welcoming, safe and friendly atmosphere for children to begin their learning journey.

We believe that children are naturally curious about the world around them and our setting is a place where children have the opportunity to follow their own interests and explore their surroundings.

We provide exciting and engaging indoor and outdoor provision, and deliver daily teacher-led sessions for phonics and maths.

Our staff observe children closely and help to scaffold their learning through questioning and challenges across all of the Early Years Areas of learning.

The Foundation Stage Areas of Learning are as follows:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In our Nursery we strive to support all children in their learning and personal development, to ensure a smooth transition into Reception, and to lay firm foundations for their future learning journeys.

Nursery Session Times

15 hours (AM session): 8.30am – 11.30am

30 hours (Full day): AM session + 11.30am – 2.30pm

*There are currently spaces for 15 hours, but we no longer have availability for 30 hours.

Applying for a Nursery Place

We currently offer 15 hour funded placements for 3 – 4year olds. There is also the option for self-funded payments.

Session Fees (if not receiving funding): £24 per 3 hour session.

If you would like to apply for a nursery place for your child or to arrange a visit, please contact the main school office.

Kingsmoor Academy
Ployters Road
Essex CM18 7PS

Tel: 01279 306136

Please contact the main office if you would like more information about funding or visit the website below:

Early Years Foundation Stage: Reception

Starting School

At Kingsmoor Academy, we pride ourselves on getting to know our pupils and their families really well in order to ensure we cater for each child’s individual learning needs. Before joining our school, families are offered home visits and will be invited in to school for ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. We do this to allow children to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings and with the staff that will be involved in their learning.

Early Years Learning Environment

In Reception, children will be given opportunities to engage in child initiated and adult led activities, through our stimulating indoor and outdoor provision. We pride ourselves on our inviting, interactive and engaging learning environments, and always aim to deliver an exciting and creative curriculum across all of the following Early Years Areas of Learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

All children will take part in maths lessons and teacher guided tasks to develop their understanding and skills in Number and Numerical Patterns. Our staff are very skilled at providing interesting and challenging maths activity stations for children to attempt independently during their child-initiated exploration time.

Ways you can support your child’s mathematical development at home:

  • Pointing out and identifying numbers in the environment
  • Singing number songs and rhymes regularly
  • Counting objects when you are out and about and at home
  • Asking your child questions such as ‘How many apples to we have left in the bowl?’
  • Naming shapes you can see around you.
  • Talking about the size and shape of everyday items – ‘Which tree is the tallest?’.
  • Encourage your child to represent numbers in different ways (on their fingers/on paper/with objects).

Learning to Read and Write

All children in Reception take part in daily phonics sessions and small group phonics activities. Our teaching of phonics supports children in the early stages of reading and writing, and prepares them well for Key Stage 1.

Sessions are carefully planned and delivered using the Twinkl Phonics Programme.  We strive to meet the different learning requirements of all children, and in this way, children make good or better progress throughout the year.

Ways you can support your child’s reading and writing development at home:

  • Reading together
  • Make sure your child sees you reading
  • Read to your child. Show you like the book. Bring stories to life by using loud/soft/scary voices
  • Spread books around your house for your child to read
  • Let your child choose what they would like to read – books, comics, catalogues
  • Read favourite books over and over again. Enjoy!
  • Make sure your child sees you writing.
  • Make words together using magnetic letters
  • Make up a story together about one of their toys (You write for them, repeating the sentences as you write. When complete they can draw pictures to go with it).

Educational Visits at Kingsmoor

We believe that children learn best through first hand and real-life experiences. During the course of the school year we arrange a number of school trips, and workshops in school that are linked to the current class themes. These opportunities are extremely valuable to the learning of all the children, and are always great fun!

Our main aim in the Early Years at Kingsmoor is to make learning enjoyable and engaging for all!