Hilltop Nursery is attached to Hilltop Infant School and offers free part time education for up to fifty-two children aged between three and five. It has its own garden with mature trees and an outside playground with a soft play area, but the classroom is conveniently situated for the children to feel part of the school; integrating with the reception class as part of the Foundation Stage.
We have two daily two and a half hour sessions, the morning session running from 9am until 11.30am and the afternoon session starting at 12.45pm and finishing at 3.15pm. Both cater for twenty-six children. The staff ratio is 1:13, consisting of a full time Nursery Teacher and a full time Nursery Nurse. We also have students on practical training who are fed from varying colleges and universities.
We welcome visitors at any time to have a look around, meet the staff and see the children in their learning environment.
Our aim for every child who comes into nursery is to give them a safe, secure environment allowing them the freedom to explore the surroundings at their level and to give them the encouragement needed to meet the challenge of the next step.
This will allow them to develop a sense of identity, self-worth and confidence, giving them equal opportunity to acquire and achieve their full potential.
The nursery and reception class form the Foundation Stage. This is based on Early Learning Goals that children are expected to achieve by the end of the reception year. The Early Learning Goals have stepping stones, (small skills that build up to the final goal) and as all children are individuals, with individual needs, the attainable targets are set to their developmental level. On entry into nursery, all children will have a baseline assessment that allows the staff to set individual targets.
The Foundation stage curriculum is organised into six learning areas i.e.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication. Language & Literacy Development
- Mathematical Development
- Creative Development
- Knowledge & Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
Our three year rolling programme of half termly topics delivers an integrated, broad based and stimulating learning programme, with activities and objectives that cover the learning areas of the curriculum. This allows children to meet the challenges that are set for them in a play-based, hands-on and child initiated environment that is exciting, appealing and fun.