Gusford School Nursery

Mrs Kennedy & Miss Lloyd, our Nursery Teachers and Mrs Jones, 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.


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 a 2 part time qualified teachers, a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner 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.

Nursery website video - final .mp4

Nursery Team Video

Mrs Kennedy's Weekly Blog - 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.

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.

Mrs Kennedy's Weekly Blog

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.