Jordans Village Nursery School
Jordans Village Nursery School,
Jordans Village Hall,
Green West Road,
At Jordans Village Nursery School every child matters. We aim to improve outcomes and reflect that it is every child’s right to grow up safe; healthy; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution and with economic well-being. We will continue to be a supportive and welcoming child friendly environment. We will nurture each child as an individual and provide every opportunity for them to further their development through planned, purposeful play.
Morning sessions Monday to Friday 9am – 12noon
Afternoon sessions Mondays and Wednesdays - 12-3pm
(Full day available Monday and Wednesday 9am-3pm)
Lunch Club – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12noon – 1.30pm
Early start (8.45am available at an additional cost)
We welcome funded 2 year and 3 year olds.
As of 1st January 2017, fees are set at:
3 hour session 9.00am-12.00pm or 12.00pm – 3.00pm = £20.00/session
6 hour full day session 9.00am – 3.00pm = £40.00/session
3 hour session and lunch 9.00 am - 1.30pm = £30.00/session
Lunch sessions 12.00pm – 1.30pm = £10.00/session
Funded children are charged for sessions outside the 15 funded hours.
Early morning starts 8.45am – 9.00am = £2.00/session (no increase)
The Nursery School was inspected by OFSTED in July 2011 and April 2016 and judged “Outstanding” in all areas of the provision.
“Children make excellent progress towards the early learning goals in this safe, friendly and very well organised nursery. Staff are motivated and enthusiastic and know children extremely well and effectively plan activities to suit their individual needs....”
The full report may be viewed online at www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports please enter the nursery postcode HP9 2SY to locate the report or see the "Links" page of our website.
Lisa Ballard and Liz Phillipps are the nursery managers. There are two deputy managers and two members of staff with qualified teacher status who are occasionally in charge of the setting. The ten members of staff of J.V.N.S. form the management committee and are jointly registered with OFSTED. Each member of staff has responsibility for particular areas of the nursery’s provision and the majority of staff hold relevant childcare qualifications, with all attending regular training. We provide support to children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) and have a dedicated member of staff who works with the children to ensure everyone has access to a varied and well balanced curriculum in line with EYFS guidelines, taking into account individual and special education needs. We adhere to the government and LEA SEND code of practice. Jordans Village Nursery regards every child as an individual with individual needs.
Jordans Village Hall, where the nursery meets, is located in a quiet cul-de-sac behind the village shop in Jordans. The hall is light and airy, and when laid out with our furniture the atmosphere is warm and child-friendly. As well as the main hall, children have access to the toilets at all times and the nursery has sole use of a small “classroom”.
Outside, the site is gated, so that children can play safely both on the large tarmac area and the grassy garden areas beside the hall. The nursery also has storage for outside toys and equipment.
The nursery school follows a regular, but flexible, daily routine. There are a wide variety of activities such as construction, craft and painting, games, stories, play dough, gardening, role play and much more. Structured into each morning are group activities, which are purposely varied to give children a broad range of experiences. These include music (singing, band, music and movement), cookery and gym sessions.
The importance of physical activity is stressed both indoors and outside. The nursery has a generous array of tricycles, scooters, a sand-pit, slides and water play equipment. We also make use of the village green all year round with the children practicing sports there in the summer term. The children play outside every day unless there are very harsh weather conditions. Snow and rain provide extra opportunities for learning!!
From the start all children are encouraged to concentrate on activities for short periods and to develop skills in all areas of learning. Over the time that they are with us, we will aim to help them to build on these skills and to have a broad range of experiences through planned activities.
Interesting activities are planned outdoors and indoors to support learning across all areas of the curriculum. We regularly have small group activities in our classroom area. The content of the educational programme takes account of “The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage” set out by the department for Education. We focus on the three Prime Areas of learning and development which are:
1. Personal, social and emotional development
2. Physical development
3. Communication and language
In addition we also ensure that activities are planned in the four Specific Areas of learning and development:
3. Understanding the world
4. Expressive arts and design
Within these areas of learning and development activities are planned and resources are provided to help children to work towards the early learning goals of the early years foundation stage.
A lunch club is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the end of the morning session (12noon) to 1.30pm. Children bring their own packed lunch and enjoy eating in the company of their peers as well as benefitting from a further period of nursery activities.
We offer afternoon sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children may attend these sessions from 12noon to 3pm or combine them with morning sessions to provide childcare from 9am to 3pm. Children attending afternoon sessions bring a packed lunch to eat whilst at nursery. The curriculum is the same as in the morning sessions.
Water is provided at all times for children to drink. A drink of water or milk is also provided at snack time along with variety of healthy fruit and vegetables. Parents should inform nursery staff if their child has any special dietary requirements.
When a child has a birthday, we celebrate by singing “Happy Birthday” and lighting our birthday candles. Some parents like to provide special treats (such as raisins), for all the children to celebrate their child’s birthday and these are always welcome - but we do not encourage parents to provide sweets.
There is no set uniform. We suggest that children wear comfortable practical clothes and footwear so that they can enjoy all the activities at nursery. Hats, are required on sunny days to protect the children whilst outside. The children go outside in all weather conditions so wellies, warm coats, rainwear, hats etc. will be needed so that they are suitably dressed to enjoy themselves whilst playing in cold or wet weather. Art and craft pinafores are provided
Children can start at the nursery from the beginning of the term in which they are 3, or from 2½ if we have space. They leave immediately before starting full-time school. Occasionally, if space permits, children will be admitted for a shorter period.
If the nursery is over-subscribed, priority is given to children living in Jordans village, children whose brother or sister are or were at the nursery, children who have a brother or sister currently attending Jordans school and children whose parents hope they will attend Jordans school.
Most children start with 2 or 3 sessions at nursery and increase the time spent at nursery as they get older. Obviously, each family and child has different requirements and we are happy to discuss the individual needs of you and your child.
Visiting the nursery
We are glad to welcome parents and other visitors to our nursery, but must remind people bringing children who are not on our register that those children remain their responsibility at all times. Some of our equipment is not safe for young toddlers and babies.
When visiting the nursery or dropping children off, please do not bring your car down the “driveway” to the hall. It is very narrow and parking by the hall is too limited to be safe with many young children around.
When parking by the village green, please give some thought as to whether your car will inconvenience residents of Jordans Village.
Please do not park directly outside the Village Shop (as they frequently need parking space for deliveries, especially in the early morning) and do take care not to block driveways, including the one to the hall itself. The best place to park is along Green North Road, which is on your right, just past the Village Shop.
A copy of the nursery’s, “Policies and procedures” is available to read at nursery. Or please see our policies page in the side bar.
See above for prices.
Government funding provides up to 15 hours of funded child care. Mornings (excluding “early starts”), afternoons or lunch clubs can be included in the 15 hours of funded provision. Jordans Village Nursery School is open for 35 weeks, over 3 terms, each year. Government funding provides for 38 weeks of funding.
Fees are reviewed annually. If for any reason a child starts at any time other than the beginning of a term or half-term, fees for the whole period may be charged. We require half a terms notice that a child will be leaving us. If less notice than this is given, we reserve the right to charge half a term’s fees in lieu of notice.
Initial enquiries about J.V.N.S. should be made to Julie Leonard (01494 875603). She will make an appointment for you to come and see our nursery in action.
“Children thoroughly enjoy their time at this nursery, where they access outstanding indoor and outdoor play opportunities in a very attractively presented and exciting learning environment. Staff have an excellent understanding of how young children learn and progress effectively through fun, play-based activities”... “children are very well supported through receiving excellent attention and their well being and achievements are exceptionally high.” (OFSTED report July 2011)