Children enter the Nursery at the age of 2½ years old, with no set intake. Children are invited to join Longacre at the beginning of the term when they reach the designated age.
The children start with a minimum of three mornings per week. However, we work in conjunction with the parents to ensure the children are able to cope with the number of chosen sessions and parents have a degree of choice in selecting the sessions which accommodate their own requirements.
Longacre is flexible; although the school day officially begins at 8.30am, children can come in up until 9.00am and equally at the end of the session, other afternoon commitments such as naps or swimming lessons can be accommodated.
The majority of Nursery children choose to stay for lunch following the morning session as they enjoy sharing food with their peers and this promotes social interaction. Most Nursery children begin an afternoon session following the Michaelmas half term as they are keen and able to attend a full day.
There is one full-time Nursery Teacher and two part-time Teaching Assistants in the class. Communication is key; staff consistently feedback to parents about progress and more importantly, the child's enjoyment of their session. Daily boards inform parents about the activities which have occurred so they can share with ease, the events of the day. Information is exchanged which is pertinent to each individual and allows for close monitoring of needs, progress and future development for every child. A ratio of 1:5 for under 3's and 1:8 for over 3's is maintained.