Gusford School Nursery

Mrs Kennedy our Nursery Teacher and Mrs Gosling, our Early Years Practitioner, would like to welcome you to 'Ducklings' our Gusford School Nursery.

Our morning sessions run from 8.30-11.30am.

Our afternoon sessions run from 12.30-3.30pm.

Please note we are currently offering morning sessions only.

Call our school office to enquire about places 01473 682148


In our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we are committed to meeting the individual needs of all our children. We have a 52 place nursery. This is staffed by an experienced qualified teacher and an Early Years Practitioner (who holds a foundation degree in Early Years Practice) and additional teaching assistants when required. The provision in 'Ducklings' is intended to meet the pre-school needs of children aged 3 and 4. Parents should contact the school office if they wish to apply for a place in the nursery. Places are available from the term following a child’s 3rd birthday.

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Learning Journey

The Foundation Stage Team (Reception and Nursery) use an online 'Learning Journey' called Tapestry. This is a secure, online learning journey that you will be able to access whenever you like to find out about your child's learning in school. You are also able to add your own information about your child's home learning and activities. You can find out more about it by looking at the following website:

Please ask Mrs Kennedy or Miss Lloyd, the Nursery Teachers, if you have any further questions.


We play a key role in supporting our children to feel happy and excited about the transition from another Nursery/pre-school/home environment to ourselves and from Nursery to Reception. It is important that the children have opportunities to familiarise themselves with the new school environment, as early as possible.

Entering Nursery

In the latter half of the summer term, you will receive a confirmation letter that contains transition details. This will enclose a date and time for when your child can attend Nursery with a family member. The idea of this session is to familiarise the child with the different members of staff, the children that will attend Nursery and to freely explore a new environment. You will also be able to talk to the teacher, to discuss any concerns or information that you have.

If your child is entering the school the term after their third birthday, you will be invited to attend a 'Learn with me' session before they are due to begin Nursery. Again, you will be able to meet the staff/children and will have an opportunity to talk to the teacher about any concerns or information that you may have.

Entering Reception

We have the opportunity to begin a 'transition process' starting in January. Our Nursery children visit Gusford's 3 Reception classes (Butterflies, Dragonflies and Ladybirds) once a week, for the duration of the spring and summer terms. The children experience a wide range of activities and have the opportunity to meet the Reception team members. The children already share the outdoor environment with the Reception children, which supports their transition further.

In June/July, the children are then given an opportunity to spend a morning in their new Reception class. The Reception teachers will also regularly visit the children in nursery, during the summer term.

We hope this demonstrates how dedicated we are to ensuring the children have a smooth transition. If you have any additional questions, then please speak to Mrs Kennedy or Miss Lloyd, the Nursery teachers.

Nursery Weekly Update - Archive - March 2021 onwards

Mrs Kennedy's Weekly Blog - Archive - September 2020 - February 2021

7th February 2021

First of all we would like to say a huge thank you for supporting your child's learning at home during this difficult time. We hope you are finding the daily posts on Tapestry useful and please keep sharing your photos and everything with us.

We have lots of exciting things planned for this week with the focus on Chinese New Year. Here are some of the activities we will be doing;

- Finding out all about the celebration.

-Sharing the story of Cleversticks- all about a little boy with a special talent.

-Making paper lanterns.

- Creating our own dragon dance.

- Continuing exploring shape- circles and triangles.

-Enjoying singing the jolly phonics songs for the phonemes s a t and learning the new phoneme "p"

We would usually do some Chinese food tasting but this obviously isn't possible this year but maybe this is something you could do together at home?

As the weather has turned very wintery, why not get wrapped up nice and warm and go and have some fun in the snow!

27th November

To finish off our Nursery Rhyme focus on an exciting note, we asked the children to pick the rhymes they would like and here are their choices. We will be doing lots of interesting activities using these as a starting point. Please encourage your child to sing to you! We will be adding some videos of the children singing to Tapestry during the week so watch this space...

Monday- Humpty Dumpty

Tuesday- Hey Diddle Diddle

Wednesday- Little Bo Peep

Thursday-Sleeping Bunnies

On Friday we will be joining in with the whole school CHRISTMAS DECORATION DAY!

Please come in Christmas jumpers this Friday and we will be creating lots of decorations to make our Nursery look lovely and festive- We are looking forward to a fun day!

20th November

The children absolutely loved our focus of Nursery Rhymes last week and we felt there was so much more we could have done but we ran out of we have decided to continue this for another week. This is why we love teaching in Early Years-it is such a pleasure to have the flexibility to be led by the children's interests!

This week we are planning to try and video the children performing each of the nursery rhymes we learnt last week. We are hoping they won't get stage fright and that we can share these with you on Tapestry later on. We are also hoping to create our very own Ducklings Nursery Rhyme book which we can use as a resource in the classroom in the future. We might even be able to publish individual copies of this for your child to bring home to share with you depending on how this goes. We will keep you posted! Please let us know if your child has a favourite rhyme which could be added.

Many thanks!

13th November

It is World Nursery Rhyme week and so instead of having a story of the week, we are focusing on a different nursery rhyme each day. There is much evidence now of the vital part learning nursery rhymes play in a child's development.

“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8”. (Megan Fox, Reading Magic)

Monday – Wheels On The Bus

Tuesday – Five Little Speckled Frogs

Wednesday – Hickory Dickory Dock

Thursday – Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Friday – Miss Polly Had A Dolly

Throughout the week we will be working on many areas of development, using the above rhymes as a focus, including

- vocabulary, language and literacy skills

-numeracy skills

-social, physical and emotional skills.

Singing nursery rhymes is a wonderful activity you can enjoy doing together at home and all of the resources are available for you to download. You can access all of the free resources at: HAVE FUN!

6th November

This week in Nursery we will be finding out all about Diwali- the Hindu festival of light.

Here are some of the exciting activities we have planned:

-decorating our home corner ready for Diwali

-thinking about how people celebrate different festivals

-listening to Indian music/dancing

-making our own salt dough diva lamps

-investigating pattern and shape

-making Diwali cards

We will also be joining in with the non uniform day for Children in Need this Friday (13th November. ) Please send in a donation of £1.00 or whatever you can afford.

30th October

We hope you have all had a good half term in spite of the rainy weather and the gloomy news about the pandemic. As always, our top priority is keeping everyone safe in these extremely challenging times and we will be continuing to do our very best to keep things as normal as possible for everyone in the weeks to come.

Our story of the week is "Sparks in the sky". We will be finding out about celebrating bonfire night amongst other things.

Here are some of the activities we have planned:

- thinking about the shape, colours and sounds that different fireworks make.

-learning about how to keep safe around bonfires/fireworks.

-using music/movement to accompany the rhyme Incy Wincy Spider.

- creating magic wands and potions.

Just a reminder that the school photographer will be in tomorrow morning to take individual photos.

16th October

Just one week left until half term and what a busy half term it has been! What a long way our children have come since the beginning of September- we are really proud of all of them. They have been fantastic coping with coming into school without their adults and exploring, playing and learning in the new environment. This week's story is " Autumn is here!" and here are some of the exciting activities we will be doing.

- Sorting and weighing apples of different sizes and shapes.

-Making cinnamon and spice playdough.

-Discussing hibernating animals- especially hedgehogs!

- Designing and making our own hedgehog out of clay.

- Thinking about why some birds migrate.

- Dressing the teddy in warm clothes.

We hope you all have a happy and fun half term. Let's keep our fingers crossed for some lovely, autumn sunshine.

9th October

Our story of the week is "We're going on a leaf hunt" and here are some of the interesting activities we will be doing.

- Going for a walk around the school grounds to see if we can spot any signs of autumn.

-colour mixing to create beautiful autumn paintings.

-Making a cosy nest for an animal to hibernate in.

-Conker rolling games.

-collecting and sorting leaves in different ways.

-making leaf rubbings.

-using our loose parts to make imaginative autumn designs and pictures.

If you find anything autumn related on your way to school or in your garden this week, please encourage your child to bring it in to add to our autumn display in Nursery. Many thanks!

2nd October 2020

Our harvest theme continues this week with a lovely story from Africa - "Handa's Surprise."

We have lots of exciting activities planned relating to the story such as....

- Comparing the size/texture/taste of the different fruit in Handa's basket.

-Sorting different fruit and vegetables according to colour/size/shape.

-Discussing healthy eating and our favourite fruit and veg.

- Observational paintings of the fruit/fruit printing.

-Making orange scented playdough.

-Using percussion instruments to represent the different animals in the story.

Of course we continue to follow the children's interests too a lot of the time which is why working in early years is so exciting- you never quite know where they will lead you! Let's hope the weather cheers up a little as the week goes on.

Regardless of the weather, this Friday is our HELLO YELLOW DAY at Gusford. The charity YoungMinds is calling on schools across the country to take part in #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day (9th October) to show young people they’re not alone with their mental health.This will be a NON-UNIFORM day. Children are invited to wear an item of yellow and bring a donation of approx £1.

The theme this year is 'Coming Together' and the focus is for children in school to complete the 3 step challenge;

1.Say something kind to an adult

2.Wave and smile at a friend

3.Tell a joke and try to make someone laugh

25th September 2020

As the weather seems to have turned cold and wet, our thoughts begin to turn to autumn and harvest time. To link in with this, our story of the week is " The Little Red Hen." Here are some of the exciting activities we have planned for this week:

  • Looking carefully at ears of wheat with magnifying glasses.

  • Grinding our own corn using a pestle and mortar.

  • Setting up a role play bakery with the children and making salt dough bread to sell in it.

  • Counting farmyard animals and creating a farmyard texture collage.

  • Mark making and exploring patterns in trays of flour.

  • Acting out the story and thinking about being kind and helpful to our friends.

Even though it is a little chillier, we still plan to spend lots of time outside in the fresh air so please make sure your child has a warm/waterproof coat and wellies if wet. Many thanks!

18th September 2020

We hope you have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine recently and spending lots of time outside like we have in Nursery. Each week we will base our learning and play around a story and this week our story is a very old favourite! "We're going on a bear hunt" by Michael Rosen. We have got lots of fun activities planned including -

- Retelling the story with actions and sound effects

-Collecting materials outside to create our own Bear Hunt collage

- Role play in our bear cave

-Building caves in the construction area

-Bear counting/maths

And of course we will be going on our own bear hunt in the school grounds....

11th September 2020

Well done to all our Nursery children for a brilliant start to the new school year. They are all settling in really quickly, becoming used to the new routines and making new friends. In spite of the extra challenges this year, there have been very few tears because we have been having so much fun! We have been busy exploring inside and outdoors too. We are learning to have kind hands, walking feet and listening ears and Miss Lloyd, Mrs Jones and I are so impressed with all of the children! Last week we loved the story of "Owl Babies" and this week our story is "The Gruffalo." Today we have been making owl ice cream, scrambled snake and Gruffalo crumble in the mud kitchen- delicious!

Thank you for arriving promptly at 8.30am and for picking up on time- it really does help everything run smoothly.

Please do not hesitate to talk to us if there is anything you are worried or unsure about. We will be more than happy to answer any questions.