Following an initial visit to meet our nursery team and have a look at our provision, families are offered a home visit to start the induction process. We then invite you to a ‘stay and play’ session where you and your child can explore nursery together and meet some of our current nursery children. At this point we will arrange a start date for your child and discuss their individual settling-in procedure.
On arrival children are warmly welcomed into the setting before participating in self-registration. Children share a brief phonics teaching session before going to “choose it, use it, put it away”, as they access areas of continuous provision both indoors and outside. During this independent learning time the children are observed and supported by our highly skilled staff so that opportunities to enhance their development are maximised. Discrete small group teaching sessions also take place throughout this time, focussing on developing essential skills such as literacy and maths. A mid-session break incorporates supervised toothbrushing and snack time before the children continue their independent learning. After the resources are tidied away, the children take part in a brief maths teaching session before our daily exercise to finish our session.
Routine and structure are vital for young children to thrive in the nursery environment. Here at Marton Minis we implement a daily routine that encourages independence and provides opportunities for learning within a safe and secure environment enabling all children to enjoy and achieve.
The environment at Marton Minis is carefully designed to enhance opportunities for learning whilst encouraging the children to develop their independence at all times. Following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance, nursery children experience a range of activities that focus primarily on the 3 prime areas of learning and development:
As children acquire these underpinning skills in our nurturing environment, our combination of adult-led and child-initiated learning experiences enables them to progress their skills in the 4 specific areas of learning and development:
The learning that takes place during our daily nursery sessions is augmented by a variety of outings, visitors to our setting, and special experiences such as ballet dancing, yoga, football and Forest School.
The children at nursery wear a uniform similar to that of the main school. This helps to support transition and gives the children a sense of belonging.
Uniform can be purchased from
1st Class Kids
106-108 Highfield Rd,
Tel: 01253 403798
Partnership with Parents
At Marton Minis we recognise that Parents are the primary educators of young children. Sharing information about children’s learning and development is a key principle of our early years provision. We invite parents and carers to contribute to their child’s care and education through our weekly ‘Learning Together Books’ and half-termly ‘Learning Together Sessions’. There are also many additional opportunities to be involved in your child’s learning including our PEEP parental involvement project that runs throughout the year, and nursery library sessions that are held twice a week. Our friendly nursery team are usually available at the beginning and end of every session to discuss any concerns, or you can make an appointment with your designated Key Person.
We use the Class Dojo app to record children’s progress and share photos with parents. You will be invited to download the app when your child joins us or you can sign up via this link.