Our Nursery - Ducklings
Meet the Team
Nursery Manager / Nursery SENDCo
|Early Years Educator||
Early Years Educator/PANCo
Early Years Educator
Miss Amy Cousens
Welcome to our nursery
St Margaret’s Nursery opened in 2008 as a purpose built 36 place nursery. The nursery is owned by the school's governing body and is registered to take children from the age of three years old. As of June 2017, the nursery along with the two reception classes will be inspected by OFSTED under the 'Early Years' of St Margaret's School. The last OFSTED report, dated May 2022 can be found here.
We have recorded a virtual tour of the nursery to share with you. Please press play below.
The nursery comes under the leadership of Mrs Jill Hine (Headteacher) and Mrs Nichola Rea (Nursery Manager). The day to day running of the nursery is managed by Mrs Jo Whitehead (Deputy Nursery Manager). Both are supported by Early Years Educators who have a full and relevant level 3 or 6 qualification. The nursery is run on a staff: child ratio of 1:4 or 1:8 depending on the age of children within the nursery environment.
We have three goldfish (Bob, Nemo and Dory) and the resident ducks that the children feed and observe daily.
The nursery is term time from 8.30am – 4.30pm, five days a week. Children can access sessional, full day or term time spaces.
The free entitlement sessions are from: 8.30am-11.30am and 1.00pm-4.00pm for 15 FE hours or 8.30am-2.30pm for 30 FE hours.
The Nursery Environment
|Our aim is to provide a nursery in which young children can feel confident, happy, secure and content as they learn through play. We will achieve this by creating an attractive and stimulating environment where members of staff are approachable and welcoming, where parents and their views are valued, where the best possible early years provision will be made available, and where children of all needs and abilities are welcomed and given complete access to the full provision of the nursery.|
| Our well established outside environment consists of
An all weathered covered area with mud kitchen, mark making and water areas, a large sandpit and Acorn corner where children can access mathematical, language and literacy activities as well as musical instruments and books.
Our construction area provides open-ended play with loose parts such as tyres, crates and planks for balancing, building and risk taking.
Children can learn about planting and growing at our vegetable plot.
Our new nature area is a quiet space fully equipped for bird watching, bug and butterfly exploring, reading and nature activities,
We have access to the secure wildlife pond area that can be seen from our nursery garden where children can explore pond life and observe our resident ducks that nest every spring.
We would be pleased to add your child to our waiting list. Please return a completed application form, with a copy of your child's birth certificate to:
|Address:||Mrs Nichola Rea,
St Margaret's Nursery,
|Telephone Number:||01293 421080|
Applications need to be received by the 31st January, to be considered for a place in the following September intake. The Nursery application forms can be found at the bottom of this screen.
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Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo)
Mrs Mackie is our PANCo. She is responsible for promoting the health and wellbeing for the children, families and staff in the nursery. In our entrance hall you will find a board displaying helpful tips, hints and advice from Mrs Mackie.
Part of Miss Walder’s role is to share best practice in providing an enjoyable range of health-promoting activities within the setting. Please see the website links below. Both these websites are full of useful hints and tips in relation to healthy choices we can make for our families.