New Nursery at Stapleford Community Primary School
Here at Stapleford Community Primary School we were delighted to open our doors to our very first Nursery children on Monday 24 February 2020. There has been a huge need in the community for this early years provision and it has been the school’s ambition to meet this need. The nursery currently offers the equivalent of 26 full-time, 3-4 year old places in term time, 7.45 am – 6pm.
The children have settled very quickly into the new nursery environment under the care and guidance of their teacher Miss Davies. It is particularly noticeable how they are already gaining independence. Examples observed are organising their own paints and equipment to paint daffodils and choosing and collecting their lunch in the main hall. This is going to make a huge difference to how they transition into the Reception class. Parents have been extremely positive about the new nursery, one parent declaring they wish they could stay all day in the calm environment instead of going to work!
The nursery class is based in a newly refurbished classroom funded through LA Section 106 money. The upgrade includes a new entrance, a small kitchenette, and revamped cloakrooms, with additional light and space achieved through changes to the external walls and widening of interior doorways. The results see the children have clean, bright quality space to engage in learning through play. Outside there is a brand new and exciting area funded by Anglian Learning, which includes great climbing, staging, and ‘softpour’ all weather areas with a ‘sail’ canopy providing shade and protection from the elements. We have equipped the classroom through contributions from different sources, including funding from Anglian Learning, money for furniture from ‘The Messenger Fund’ which provided new tables, chairs and shelving, and additional parental donations which included toys. We are grateful to the Rotary Club, Sawston, who have agreed to purchase some more outdoor equipment following the Sawston Fun Run later this year.
Lauren Davies is a qualified, experienced nursery teacher who is excited about this new venture. She says “Stapleford Nursery opening has been an exciting opportunity for me. Myself and other staff within the school have worked really hard to ensure it is a warm and welcoming environment for children in the local community.”
Mrs Spain added, “It has been very exciting opening our doors to the nursery children. We have 17 families signed up already and are receiving calls regularly. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us reach our ambition to offer this quality provision to the children of Stapleford.”
At Stapleford Community Primary School and Nursery we are proud and passionate about what we do and have high aspirations for every child in our care. If you are interested in a place in the nursery, please contact the school office on 01223 508720 and we can arrange a visit.