The information on this page is designed to provide parents, who are considering sending their child/ren to the school's Nursery, with as much information as possible. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.
8.30am – 11.30am
11.30am – 12.30pm
12.30pm – 3.30pm
Term Time for 2019 / 2020
2019 / 2020
Autumn 1 - Wednesday 4th September 2019 - Friday 25th October 2019
Autumn 2 - Monday 4th November 2019 - Friday 20th December 2019
Spring 1 - Monday 6th January 2020 - Friday 14th February 2020
Spring 2 - Monday 24th February 2020 - Friday 3rd April 2020
Summer 1 - Monday 20th April 2020 - Friday 22nd May 2020
Summer 2 - Monday 1st June 2020 - Wednesday 22nd July 2020
The dates above include the School’s INSET days. The school’s INSET days for 2019/2020 can be found below:
Wednesday 4th September 2019, Thursday 5th September 2019, Friday 6th September 2019, Friday 19th June 2020 and Monday 22nd June 2020.
As your child is under the age of 5 you are able to withdraw them from school without seeking school approval. This freedom allows parents to take family holidays/special days out during term times without being recorded as unauthorised absences. We would ask that children regularly attend their sessions, as much as possible, as this helps with their transition into formal education.
In the interest of pupil safety all absence is monitored on a daily basis. We request that parents telephone the school on the morning of the first day of a child’s absence. If we have not heard from you, a member of staff will telephone to ensure your child is safe.
If a child is absent from Nursery the parent/carer should follow the procedures set out below:
If your child is taken ill while at school, or seriously injured here, we will contact you as soon as possible. Two up-to-date contact numbers must be held by the school at all times. Arrangements are in place for the administration of prescribed and unprescribed medicine by the Office. If you wish for the school to administer any type of medicine, please speak to Mrs Reader in the main school office for further advice. Please inform your child's class teacher in advance, if your child has an appointment during school hours. Absences should be reported to the school by telephoning the Office on the first day of absence and leaving a message on the answer phone. If your child is sick and/or has diarrhoea, please keep him/her off school for at least 48 hours following cessation of the illness. Please notify Mrs Reader, if your child has head lice.
The school uses the guidelines set out in the ‘Self Care Information for Children’ booklet created by the NHS when setting our expectations for absences linked to childhood illnesses.
Arriving at School
It is the responsibility of parents to make sure their child gets to and from school safely. An adult should always accompany young children to school. The Nursery door is opened at 8.30am and closes at 8.35am. Any child arriving late will need to report to the School Office. The first session will finish at 11:30am.
The second session of the day will begin at 12:30pm. The Nursery door will be closed at 12:35pm. If children arrive after this time, they will need to report to the School Office. The second session will finish at 3:30pm. It can be distressing for the children if no one is there to collect them. If you are unavoidably delayed, please phone the Office. It is very important that you let us know if anyone different is going to be picking up your child from school and this should be written on the board on the classroom door. No child is allowed to leave school without an adult.
The School is protected by a Security System. All visitors report to the main entrance and, once admitted, sign in and wear a badge. Gates across the entrance to the Nursery and Early Years Garden ensure children’s safety at all times. The Nursery and Foundation Stage playground are fully fenced. Dogs are not permitted onto the school site for health and safety reasons.
Coming to School
Parents are unable to park on the school grounds. Parking in Bilton Road is very limited. There is also some parking in Scrub Lane. Please be prepared to leave your car further away from the school for the safety of all concerned. If you have to drive, can you carefully consider where you park to ensure that emergency service vehicles can access the road with ease in case of an accident.
We ask parents to make every effort to send their child to school in the uniform listed below. The Nursery School colours are royal blue and light blue. Nursery children wear a pale blue polo shirt and a royal blue sweatshirt – both embroidered with the school logo. Non-embroidered tops - of the same colours set out above - can also be worn by the children. They can wear any trousers, or skirts, but jogging bottoms are very manageable for young children. It is important that all clothing including footwear is clearly marked with your child's name. Your child will also require a book bag. In Early Years (Reception and Nursery) your child should have a named pair of wellies.
Our school uniform can be purchased from Danielle’s either online or at their local shop located at Rayleigh Weir. You can also now purchase uniform from Danielle’s online shop - https://www.daniellesshop.co.uk/. You will be able to purchase all items in the table below at Danielle’s.
Girls and Boys
Short sleeve pale blue polo shirt with school logo*
Royal blue sweatshirt embroidered with school logo*
No jewellery is to be worn at school. Jewellery presents a health and safety risk, therefore we ask that earrings are removed for school. In order for your child to access the whole curriculum this is a requirement for all Essex schools. If you are planning to have your child’s ears pierced please ensure you do so by the end of July at the latest, allowing them to heal and then remove them in September. If your child is required to wear an item of jewellery for religious reasons, please inform the school office.
At Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School our Early Years provision starts when the children enter the Nursery. As soon as the children start in Nursery they join the school’s inner community. They join the rest of the children during key events such as special assemblies and special days such as Sports Day. Both the children in Reception and Nursery use the school’s facilities and key personnel. Both groups of children benefit from our specialist PE coaches to further support their physical development.
When the children first come to Hadleigh Infants and Nursery, we build on the skills that their parents have already taught them. We encourage children to learn through play with others and so develop vital social and communication skills. We aim to help each child to have a love of books and the confidence to begin to write. We develop their early numeracy skills and encourage them to have a fascination in the world around them. Our children are given daily opportunity to exercise and to enjoy a range of creative activities. Our Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:
Through the activities, resources and interactions with their peers and adults children are encouraged to investigate, problem solve, ask questions and ponder in order to learn. We aim to have children who are inquisitive, independent, happy and enthusiastic. We hope that learners leave the Infants prepared with the skills they need to tackle the next phase of their education. Every child is an individual and they have a right to have the best possible education which meets their personal learning needs. We work hard to achieve this by being creative with the resources and the different areas within the school environment. In addition children are encouraged to think creatively in how they develop the use of resources and ideas in their independent learning through play. Activities are planned to meet the needs of all individuals so that they are able to fulfil their potential. Adults carefully question and pose ideas to support the children in both their planned and spontaneous activities so that they can move on in their learning and thinking.
Staff, Governors and Parent Association
Our staff are extremely dedicated and care about the welfare and progress of the children. Each EYFS class has a teacher and at least one member of support staff. We are very lucky at Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School as lots of our staff (both teachers and support staff) have been at the school for a long time. This has enabled us to build strong relationships with families and the local community which we use to benefit the children. All members of staff are very helpful and are more than willing to support the children and their families in any way they can.
Hadleigh Infants and Nursery Leadership -
Head Teacher - Mr. S. Proctor
Assistant Head Teacher - Miss. K. Ryan
Assistant Head Teacher + SENCo - Mrs. K. Strickland
Early Years Leader - Miss. K. Ryan
Year 1 Leader - Mrs. D. Glanville
Year 2 Leader - Mrs. K. Strickland
Extended Leadership Team - Mrs. C. Huggett and Mrs. S. Cail
Our Governors are representative of the parents, staff and the local community. They have the responsibility for overseeing the success of the school organisation, curriculum, budget and staffing. They work with the Head Teacher to lead and manage the school. They listen to views of parents and work closely with them to make the school a better place for our pupils. If you would like to become a governor or would like to find out more about their role and impact on the school, please contact Mrs. L. McCarthy.
Parent Association -
We are very lucky to have such a strong Parents Association. They work very closely with school leaders to ensure that they provide fun filled events for children and their families. The parents on the Parent Association give up many hours of their time to ensure the school has additional funds to develop and improve the provision we offer the children. The Parent Association is always looking to recruit new members to ensure that all events can take place. If you would like to become a member of the Parent Association or find out more about their role and impact on the school, please contact Mrs. J. Reader.
Daily collective worship or assemblies form an important part of school life as they provide an opportunity for year groups and key stages to share a common interest and allow the children to gain an awareness of the school as a family community. Assemblies play an important part in sharing children’s understanding of themselves as citizens and develop consideration for others.
Nursery children will not be expected to attend whole school assemblies unless they are for special occasions (e.g. Harvest Festival) or being held by a special visitor. Children in Nursery regularly take part in class assemblies. These assemblies consist of sharing books and stories as well as singing. These assemblies are held by either a member of the Nursery staff or a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
Snack and Lunchtime Arrangements
Snack time is an important part of each session, morning/afternoon snack consists of the daily fruit or vegetables supplied by the Government. We encourage the children to bring in a named bottle of water which they can access at any time during the session. If the bottle ever becomes empty, it can be refilled from our cold water machine. The children will only be allowed to drink plain water so please do not send in any other drink. As well as water, the children will also be provided with milk when they eat their snack.
Children who stay all day will need to have a lunch at school. Unfortunately, the children in Nursery do not qualify under the Government Universal Free School Meal Scheme. We offer Nursery children the option of hot meals or sandwiches. These will cost £4.00 which includes the cost of the adult midday supervision. Alternatively, you can provide your child with a packed lunch from home, in which case you will need to pay £3.50 per lunch session to cover the cost of supervision.
Packed lunches should be healthy and consist of a balanced meal to encourage healthy eating habits and aid children’s concentration. They should be prepared in line with our Healthy School status. It is important to keep offering children healthy options in their lunch boxes. Please be realistic in the amount of food they are likely to eat. No sweets or chocolate bars, apart from a penguin type biscuit (1 only). Raw vegetables and fruit are encouraged. Water is always available.
Both our snack and lunch policies are reviewed on a regular basis by members of the school’s leadership team, health professionals and the school council.
If your child has an allergy, intolerance or is unable to eat specific foods for either medical, religious or personal reasons, please contact the main office. We have several children and staff in school with severe nut allergies. We operate a nut free kitchen policy. Please do not send any foods containing nuts if your child brings a home packed lunch.
Parents and Carers
Here at Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School we believe that the only way a pupil can fulfil their full potential is when home and school work collaboratively. Constructive dialogue between home and school is vital to the successful progress of pupils. A member of staff will usually be around school in the morning wherever possible and they will always be willing to answer any questions. If you would like to speak to Mr Proctor about anything, please arrange a meeting with him by speaking to Mrs L. McCarthy. Teachers are available at the end of each session, we would rather you let them greet and settle the children first thing in the mornings. If you have an urgent message, please write it in short letter addressed to the staff in the Nursery. Alternatively, you can leave a message at the office or arrange an appointment if you need more time.
Parents will have the opportunity for structured consultation with class teachers twice a year. At the end of the Year, a formal written report is sent to parents. This will be produced and given to parents by the end of the Summer Term. Parents will be able to make a comment on their child’s progress and speak to the teacher if necessary.
We offer regular curriculum meetings to inform parents of the curriculum expectations for their children. These meetings also give staff the chance to talk through practical advice for parents to support them when creating learning activities for their children at home. The Nursery also holds a ‘Parent Workshop’ every half term which parents are invited to. These sessions are designed to allow parents, staff and children to work together to develop an aspect of the curriculum. Many parents have found these sessions very useful and have enjoyed learning about the different aspects of the curriculum.
Parents are sent newsletters throughout the year. These inform parents of key dates and information that they might need to know. As a school, we have tried hard in recent times to develop the communication between school and home. As a result of this work, we now have active Facebook and Twitter pages that give parents regular up-to-date information about the school and upcoming events. These pages also allow the parents to ask any questions they might have. The school’s website is the main hub of communication. On the homepage, parents will be able to find the school calendar, Facebook feed and the most recent newsletters.
Parents have the right to expect a high quality education for their children. We do our best to meet this expectation, as we believe every child matters. We will always treat parents with courtesy and value the part that they play in their child’s education. It would be helpful if parents set aside time to regularly read with their child at home. It is important that all children arrive on time at school in the morning and are collected punctually at pick-up time.
We are always interested in hearing parents’ views on the school. Parents are asked to complete questionnaires at key points in the year and are also invited to Forum meetings to discuss different issues and projects with the Head Teacher. Parents can also contact the school directly using the email email@example.com .
A parents’/carers’ role in safeguarding children
If you become concerned about a child’s mental or physical wellbeing or have a safeguarding concern, please contact one of the school’s safeguarding team immediately. The team are trained to support you with any concerns you may have and will deal with them in a confidential manner. By raising concerns quickly, you could help prevent a major incident. A list of the school’s safeguarding team can be found below -
Designated Safeguarding Leader - Mr. S. Proctor
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders - Mrs. K. Strickland / Miss. K. Ryan / Mrs. P. Burls