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Supporting Learning

There are many ways you can support your child's learning outside of Nursery. We know that children are always learning, especially through play. Having a conversation, looking at a view, chatting about numbers on doors, these are just a few ways that you help your child to learn in every day life.

We talk to the children about being 'effective learners' with the understanding that children learn in lots of different ways. We celebrate HOW they learn by helping them to reflect on their learning.


Talk to your child about how they play at home and watch out for these phrases on Tapestry in observations made by the staff.


At South Normanton Nursery School we endeavour to support our families in anyway that we can. We have a vision that every child reaches their potential and aims high and we hope that you join us in that promise for the future.


We signpost our parents and carers to support and resources that are available for specific areas of need with learning and child development. This support can be found on the 'our learning' shelf near the cloakroom or on this page.


Sharing our learning is a document that we produce every half term to let you know what topics/themes we will be covering loosely and the vocabulary, songs and signs that we will be covering. 


Click here to read our most recent 'Sharing our learning' document.


Readiness for school

A survey was completed last summer relating to 'what is school readiness' which all our staff and many of our parents took part in. Follow this link below for a full report with a summary and recommendations.



The survey responses confirmed that all respondents recognise that personal, social and emotional development (being able to share and relate to others and feeling confident) and self-help skills (being able to go to the toilet, dress and feed yourself) are key to being ready to learn and play in school. Communication and language skills also ranked highly in responses, recognising how important it is that children can listen and respond to adults and make their needs and feelings known. These aspects form the majority of the 10 keys to unlocking school readiness identified in this report. More information can be found here.


Here are the 10 keys for unlocking school readiness if you child is developing typically for their age.


  • I can settle happily without my parent/carer
  • I can tell friends and grown-ups what I need
  • I can take turns and share when I am playing
  • I can go to the toilet on my own and wash my hands
  • I can put on my own coat and shoes and feed myself
  • I can tell a grown up if I am happy, sad or cross
  • I know that what I do and say can make others happy or unhappy
  • I am curious and want to learn and play
  • I can stop what I am doing, listen and follow simple instructions
  • I enjoy sharing books with grown ups


Here are some leaflets produced by the Early Years team at Derbyshire County Council, that will help you to support your child further with various issues around getting ready for school. Click on each topic for the link to the leaflet - please note: there are 3 different stages for the toileting leaflets. 



If you have any questions about being ready for school or your child's development, do not hesitate to come and see us at school. 


We are proud to say that we believe that our school delivers education for 3 and 4 year olds that is of the highest quality and child-centred so that children are ready for school. 



Displays in Nursery 


Our displays in Nursery also give you ideas on what we are learning about and how we are learning. There is a symbol which looks like this:



When this symbol is seen on a display, it means that there is an important piece of information that links to learning. Look out for these!


Our school improvement work also links to supporting learning and each year we decide on some areas of development that we need to work on to continuously improve. 

This year, 2017/2018, our school priorities are:



You will notice different events this year that are linked to our priorities e.g. phonics workshops and we hope that there will be a positive impact from the actions that we are going to be putting in place for all involved and we will let you know as the year goes by!


If you have any suggestions regarding our learning chat toRuth in Nursery.


As technology is evolving so rapidly e-safety plays a great part in keeping our children safe as a parent and educator. Click here to find out about the support available to keep you  and your child safe online.

If you have any concerns, please report them to a member of staff or Ruth.

You can also report them yourself to CEOP using the link on the front page of our website or click below.


 For lots more information regarding staying safe online, have a look at our E-safety page.


Toilet training – being ready for Nursery  - hints and tips

Toilet training is one of those major topics that can make parents feel very anxious. It is not surprising that many parents seek the advice, support and reassurance of their child's nursery about this issue which is normally any time between the ages of 18 months and three years, depending on a child's physical and psychological development. 

Look out for these signs:

·         Is your child's nappy dry after a nap?

·         Does your child tell you when they are dirty?

·         Does your child try to pull off their nappy?

·         Is your child interested in sitting on a potty or toilet?

Also research has shown that another sign is if your child is able to go upstairs using alternate feet rather than putting two feet on each stair. In France, this is used as sign that a child has sufficient physical control, and it may explain why early walkers are often earlier to be potty trained.


Great training tips on the following from baby centre online – before you start, the power of pants, no more nappies, minimise mess and stress, sitting solution, put your child in charge, toys and treats, make it fun, musical motivation


Great advice from the NCT particularly on specific tips for girls and boys separately!


Advice from the NHS on potty training with a great film about when is your child ready to go to the toilet.


Advice for toilet training from Derbyshire County Council can be found in the links under school readiness above!



For more info, see the pages below!