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Nursery and Reception

In Nursery and Reception our aim is to give the children a happy and positive learning experience that will provide the foundations for effective learning throughout their time in school and beyond. The children are introduced to the following learning attitudes: concentration, communication and collaboration, independence, imagination, empathy, perseverance, curiosity and risk taking. These important characteristics underpin all the activities that the children undertake during their time with us.

The education provided in the early Years is a very effective, practical and oral curriculum which is taught through a range of exciting and stimulating topics. The children participate in a wide range of teacher led and child initiated activities in all areas of development, in both the indoor and outside environment. They also receive dedicated Music, French and PE lessons delivered by specialist teachers from Merchant Taylors’ Prep.

Personal, social and emotional development is given high priority and, through a wide range of experiences, the children develop a positive sense of themselves and a sense of empathy for others. This gives them the best opportunity for success in other areas of learning. Our program of communication, language and literacy skills (including reading and writing) is designed to give the children the best possible start. In mathematics, practical activities (including applying knowledge to solve problems) are planned to ensure that concepts are clearly understood.

Our aim is to ensure that children enjoy their Early Years experiences in the care of skilful and sympathetic staff. We lay the foundations for your child's future success in a stimulating and caring environment.

A Typical Day in Nursery

7.45am Optional Breakfast Club (additional fee applies)

9.00-9.15am Children arrive at Nursery

9.00-10.40am Activities (both teacher-initiated and child-initiated inside and outside) Rolling Snack Time (snacks are provided by the school)

10.40-11.00am Adult Initiated Teaching Time

11.00-11.40am Small Group Activities

11.40am Story time

12noon Home time for some children


1.00 - 3.00pm Lunch time (hot lunch is provided by the school)

Activities (both teacher-initiated and child-initiated inside and outside)

Home time 3.00pm

3.00-6.00pm Optional Teatime Club (additional fee applies)


In addition, there is both a Breakfast Club (from 7.45am) and Teatime Club (until 6.00pm) for those who need it. There is an extra charge for these facilities. Breakfast and Teatime Clubs are based at Merchant Taylors Prep and the children are transported between sites by minibus.

The Breakfast and Teatime Club Manager is also one of the Nursery staff and she plans activities in Breakfast and Teatime Club that are play-based.

A Typical Day in Reception

8.15am Children start arriving and are supervised in the playground

8.40am Children line up and go into class

8.45am Registration Activities

9.00am Assembly

9.15am Lessons

10.30am Snack/milk time

10.45am Morning playtime

11.15am Lessons

12noon Children start going to lunch

12.30pm Playtime

1.15pm Lessons

2.15pm Afternoon playtime

2.30pm Lessons

3.20pm Hometime for Reception

Sessions at Nursery

Children start Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday. All children stay for 5 morning sessions each week (from 9am to 12 noon). There are also afternoon sessions on offer (from 12 noon to 3.00pm) so that children can stay at Nursery all day. We are very flexible about the number of afternoon sessions that parents choose for their children. Some children start with just mornings and some children start with 5 full days, but the vast majority start with 5 mornings and a couple of afternoons and build up these sessions as the year goes on. There is an opportunity to increase the number of sessions at the end of each half term.