Help with starting

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At Ridgemount Nursery we take pride in ensuring our children and parents feel at ease when they join us. We do this through a variety of ways; settling in sessions, key workers for children, all about me forms completed with parents. This enables us to have as much information on each child to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. 

We have put together information we think our parents may find useful for when their child is starting with us. We hope this answers any questions you may have.

Favourite circle time songs

Washing hands song

Wash, wash, wash your hands. Get them nice and clean. Wash them on the front and the back and the fingers and in between. - twice through and to the tune of row your boat.

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What to send with your child

On your child’s first settles, please can you send them in with a favourite book and a favourite toy. This allows your child to have a form of comfort in their new environment.

We ask you to dress your child for mess as we take them outdoors throughout the day. The children explore their own dedicated outdoor area plus our extended garden, forest kitchen and our allotment area.

We ask for you to please send your child with spare clothes appropriate for the weather, sun hats, raincoat etc, suitable & secure shoes.

The children have access to their drinks throughout the day, please send your child with a labelled drinks bottle.

On hotter days please send your child in with a labelled bottle of sun cream.

For our younger children, please could you bring nappies, wipes, and labelled cream.


Nursery routine


The nursery routine varies slightly between each age group. Our children are able to explore the room through child-initiated play and learning with adult led teachable moments. This allows children to engage in activities that interest them with adults supporting the seven areas of learning.


-Food times: Our children are offered breakfast @ 8-8.30, a morning snack @ 10, a hot lunch @ 11.45, an afternoon snack @ 2, and a picnic style tea @ 3.45. 


-Circle time: This is dedicated time for children to engage in social interactions with their peers. It can vary between, story time, song time, number, colour or letter recognition. This is a really important time in their routine as it allows each child’s voice to be heard and valued.


-Outdoor time: The children explore their own dedicated outdoor area plus our extended garden, forest kitchen and our allotment area. They do this regularly throughout the day.


-Sleep time: The general sleep time for children at nursery is after lunch, between 12pm-2pm. Our younger children’s sleep time is reflective of their own routine.

Since 1994, Ridgemount Cottage Nursery School has taken pride in the knowledge our family will take care of yours. 

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