King’s St Alban’s Nursery is a top ranked Nursery and Pre-School setting in Worcester and is part of the award-winning King’s Worcester Nursery Group. The nursery offers full time provision with more flexible options available.
Private nursery care includes the option of full- and half-day sessions. We operate between the hours of 7.45am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year. We close for one week between Christmas and New Year, and we are also closed on bank holidays.
We have a limited number of places for children requiring term-time only care.
Full Day 7.45am – 6.00pm
Morning 7.45am – 1.00pm
Afternoon 1.00pm – 6.00pm
Our Nursery School Routine
We follow a daily Nursery school routine which helps ensure children in our care develop a sense of familiarity. This familiarity is important and helps children settle into nursery life. A clear structure is beneficial to a child’s development and ensures they feel safe and confident at all times in our care.
Once everyone has arrived we start our day with circle time. Everyone gets involved with circle time and it is a great chance for the children to settle into the day with us. We enjoy sitting together to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories.
A healthy snack of fruit and milk or water is served during the morning. This provides a great opportunity for social communication, turn taking and sharing.
After we have finished snack, the children take part in a mixture of child-led play or staff-led activities. The activities on offer allow the children the chance to investigate and experience things whilst playing and exploring.
At lunch, Nursery children enjoy a nutritious two-course cooked meal which is prepared in the Senior School Dining Room and is served in the Pre-Prep Hall at King’s St Alban’s. We are able to cater for any specific dietary requirements.
After lunch, children attending the morning session only are collected at 1.00pm
At 1.00pm, children staying all day enjoy quiet time with a story book. Beds are provided for children who need a nap.
After an afternoon play, we have toast and a drink of milk or water.
Throughout the day, children are offered a range of different activities based on their interests and stage of development. The emphasis is on developing their confidence to ‘have a go’ and learn through investigating.
End of the day
A member of staff will be happy to chat to parents / carers about their child’s day.
At 5.00pm a light, nutritious tea is served.
Children can be collected at any time up to 6.00pm.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Prime Areas of Learning:
Our curriculum involves activities and experiences to meet he learning and development requirements in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – the three prime areas of learning and development are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
Alongside these are four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Expressive arts and design
- Understanding the world
Early Learning Goals:
The children’s progress is monitored carefully and assessed using the Early Learning Goals which show the level of attainment expected by the end of the EYFS (end of Reception). We share the results of the profile with parents / carers in the final term and provide an opportunity for discussion with their child’s Reception teacher.
Our Forest School
The King’s Worcester Nursery Group has three established Forest School areas one of which is located at King’s St Alban’s Prep School. Nursery children enjoy weekly sessions in the on-site Forest School. Central to the Forest School area is a circle of logs, arranged around a firepit. It is here that the children enjoy a hot chocolate biscuit together before exploring the green area around them.
Forest School Sessions
Sessions take place every week of the year come rain or shine. In the slightly more inclement weather children don their waterproofs and wellies before walking the short distance to our Forest School. Forest School is a great opportunity for children to learn more about the world around them and gain practical skills – planting seeds, looking for wildlife and becoming familiar with the outdoor world.
When do we use Forest School?
Forest School sessions run throughout the year and children are encouraged to get involved and make use of the outdoor space. Our weekly sessions are a long-term process rather than a one-off visits and all sessions are planned by our specialist Forest School Leader.
Forest School Safety
Safety is paramount in our Forest School site, children quickly learn the boundaries and develop an understanding of what is safe and unsafe. We ensure a high adult to child ratio allowing children to safely explore the site and enjoy activities including; lighting fires, sawing logs, observing mini-beasts and finding out about fungi and berries.
Forest School Learning
Small, manageable tasks are set, at which children are unlikely to fail and for which genuine praise is given. The Forest School ethos creates an outdoor environment where deep-level learning and progression are the norm. In this way, children are given an excellent foundation for future learning.
King’s St Alban’s Nursery ensures that children are introduced to a variety of fun filled activities and events on a weekly basis. Forest School sessions, PE sessions, French lessons and music sessions take place weekly. Whilst walks along the river, visits to the neighbouring cathedral and cosmic yoga sessions happen on a daily basis. The nursery’s location means the children take full advantage of all of the facilities at the Prep School as well as the wider surroundings of the City.
Moving to Reception
In order to make the move from pre-school to Reception as relaxed and smooth as possible, during the Summer Term the Reception staff take Early Years assemblies, visit the Nursery to read stories and get to know the children. The children also visit the Reception classrooms to become familiar with their new surroundings. At the end of the Summer Term we also host a picnic on the school Quad for all our new Reception children and their families.