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Bolton School's new Nursery Class for 3 and 4 year olds, which launched in 2012, is now firmly established.
The class is teacher led and runs from 9.00am-3.15pm each day during term-time. Wrap-around care (before and after the class) is also available at the School from 7.30am-6.00pm and during holiday periods for the three and four years olds attending the class. Parents can therefore opt for either full-time, 51 weeks of the year care or school term and times pre-school education. Never has there been so much choice for parents of this age group.
The class helps prepare young children for the move to Infant School and whilst there is plenty of fun and play there are also more structured classes and a range of activities including attendance at Infant School assemblies, ballet lessons and swimming lessons. This is the perfect choice for families who want to join the Bolton School Family at this earlier phase with the intention of their children remaining at Bolton School until they are 18 years old.
The purpose of the new class is to prepare children for school life and routines. This is achieved using a combination of formal and informal learning opportunities. The children follow a play based curriculum and are provided with a mixture of independent, child initiated activities and structured, teacher led activities, examples of this include daily phonics activities, introduction to number and themed units of work. Strong emphasis is also placed upon developing politeness, good manners and good listening skills. Children have regular opportunities to visit Bolton School Infant School (Beech House), for example attending weekly assemblies.
Nursery Teacher, Mrs Karen Shaw, reflected: "The children currently attending the nursery class have settled extremely well. They are fast emerging as independent learners who are confident in their environment. Feedback from parents has been very positive and the smile on the children's faces as they arrive each morning confirms the class' success."
A delighted parent, Mrs Heaton, said: "The new class has been fantastic for our daughter. She settled in from day one, despite being a child who doesn't like change much, and has not looked back. A number of family members and friends have said they have seen such a difference in her, and how grown up she has become. She really enjoys the ballet class, and also likes being part of the assemblies with the rest of Beech House. It is great that she is learning the early stages of phonics, which is just one of the many skills they are being taught. I would highly recommend the new nursery class to anyone who asks."
An equally enthusiastic Mrs Akiff also praised the new class: "Our boy has been attending Bolton School Nursery for just over a month now. We have seen a vast improvement in his attitude and behaviour whilst he has been here. Every week seems to be structured and the children have a specific topic that they concentrate on.
When he describes his nursery, he describes it as 'the best nursery in the world'. As a parent, I have seen a quick improvement since he has been here. He comes home and tells me everything that he has learnt, for example today we were discussing Indian spices such as cinnamon. He told me they were talking about it in nursery and also asked me which spice turns the rice yellow.
Our son previously attended a different nursery so when I compare his attitude now, there is a big difference; there definitely seems to be a lot more learning, which I believe is done through play. Another aspect of the nursery class I think is fantastic is the fact that we are kept up to date with what they are learning about each week. We are given a sheet with what they have been doing, which I keep in a folder for my safekeeping and also what they will be doing.
I know that our boy is very happy here, which makes his parents happy. So far, so good, keep up the brilliant work!"
The new term-time class runs alongside the School's highly successful and established pre-school unit and together they offer the highest quality choice for children preparing for their first year at Infant School.
For further details about enrolling your child, please call the Nursery at 01204 432144.