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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.


All the little things you do with your child – like everyday conversations, make-believe play and reading together – make a big difference to their development. The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides lots of ideas that can help boost your child’s learning. You can slot them into your routine and your children will love them. Such as:

• Play ‘I spy’ on the bus with them and you can see their imaginations light up

• Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day – for example, “We went to the shops this morning, didn’t we? We bought some apples.”  And talk about what is going to happen next – “After lunch we’ll do the washing up”

• Look at picture books together. With each new page, give your child time to point out things to you and talk about what they can see.

Search Hungry Little Minds for simple tips and activities, or to find out what’s available where you live.



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. 


Online Safety 


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!

Learning Support During Lockdown: April 2020


We have also added all learning tasks and links to both Tapestry and Facebook to support you with the continuation of your childs learning during lockdown.


Below are a copy of these support tasks and links for you to access. 

SNNS Tapestry Learning Support Tasks
Other Learning Support Documents and Useful Information
Learning Links
STEM Starters (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) 
Mindful Monsters (Supporting Wellbeing)
Scholastic - Julia Donaldson Story Activities