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Why choose the Nursery at St Margaret's?

Why choose the nursery at St Margaret’s?

The nursery at St Margaret’s welcomes girls and boys aged between 3 and 5 years old during term time. Many parents ask us what it is that makes our nursery different from other options, so we wanted to outline some of the special features which our nursery can offer your child.

Child-led learning and independence skills

The nursery at St Margaret’s provides a broad and balanced curriculum in a stimulating environment where the children develop by means of child-led learning and active exploration. Themes are developed from the children’s interests; this instils a sense of independence as children play an active role and take responsibility for their learning.

This approach is balanced with support and care from our nursery team who look after the children in a safe, secure and stimulating environment, both indoors and outdoors. St Margaret’s nursery children benefit from the input of a full-time nursery teacher as well as very experienced early years practitioners.

Outdoor learning and Wee Green Spaces

In nursery we have been developing our outdoor learning provision, to provide a holistic approach across the classroom and the outdoor environment. Outdoor learning is an important tool to encourage problem solving and creativity, to develop social skills and to assess and manage risk, as well as to continue learning across the curriculum. The nursery mud kitchen encapsulates many of these skills with access to uneven surfaces, writing materials, different technologies, role play and turn-taking. St Margaret’s nursery is proud to be a part of the Wee Green Spaces initiative which continues to develop a variety of skills, whilst encouraging independence and awareness of safety. The children visit the city’s Bon Accord Terrace Gardens on a weekly basis to undertake a variety of activities such as den building, mini beast hunts, rope swings, adventures and mapping journeys. We feel the children grow in confidence and develop a greater knowledge of nature and care towards the environment.

 

Read more about the Wee Green Spaces project here.


Specialist Teaching

Our children attend timetabled sessions of gym and music lessons twice a week with specialist teachers. The pre-school children have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular dance sessions with an external dance specialist, within nursery hours. These sessions build on the children’s physical development as well as communication, coordination and creativity.

Transition from nursery

The children become very familiar with the wider school environment fairly quickly. At the beginning of the school year the nursery children join the rest of the school in the dining hall for lunch and in October the nursery children join the junior school to celebrate harvest. Once the nursery children are settled they begin to join junior assemblies in the spring term and further transition sessions are incorporated into the routine later in the year.

Full or half day sessions

We offer some flexibility between the hours of 8.30 and 3pm to enable parents to select sessions appropriate for their child. Sessions include 8.30am to 12pm, 8.30am to 1pm and 8.30am to 3pm. We also offer morning care from 8 to 8.30am and after school care from 3pm to 5.30pm.

We currently have a small number of places available in the nursery. If you would like further information, or would like to visit us, please contact admissions (admissions@st-margaret.aberdeen.sch.uk)

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