Welcome to Nursery!

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Contact Information

Phone: 02392326069

Email: nursery@st-pauls.portsmouth.sch.uk

The Nursery Team

Steph Smith - Nursery Manager

Jade Horsted - Deputy Nursery Manager

Debbie Gray, Lyndsey Barnwell, Jody Earwicker, Ashleigh Muns, Kirsty Clover, Melissa Callard, Sarah Blandford - Nursery Nurses 

What an amazing first week we have had in Nursery. We are so happy with how well the children have settled in especially with all the changes we have put in place to help keep everyone safe. The children have been accessing activities indoors and outdoors whilst forming new relationships with their peers. 


Here is a taster of something of the activites we have currently running inside and outside our new building.



St Paul's Nursery

Welcome to St Paul’s Nursery. This will enable you to really get to know our nursery and will give you an insight into some of the learning experiences your child will encounter with us.

We place great importance on a close working partnership with parents/carers and greatly value the contributions and support that you can offer your child in their journey through nursery.

We aim to provide a safe, secure, challenging and stimulating environment where learning can be fun, to encourage our children to have high self-esteem and a belief that they can achieve.

We hope that you and your child enjoy their time with us at St Paul’s Nursery.

We aim to provide a secure and stimulating environment where children can develop emotionally, intellectually as well as morally, physically and socially, all at their own pace.  All aspects of development are interwoven and of equal importance.  The wide range of activities and experiences offered are intended to enrich the overall development of each individual child. This can only be achieved with the co-operation of the parents/carers.

The Nursery aims to: 

  • Offer broad and balanced learning experiences in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of the Early Years Foundation stage.
  • Provide a good standard of education and care at the appropriate level.
  • Identify the particular needs of individual children and offer the appropriate support.
  •  Provide a safe and secure environment.
  • Work in partnership with children and parents to meet individual needs.


We aim to work in partnership with all parents and carers and value your contributions in helping us to meet the needs of your children.

  • Parents and carers are encouraged to engage in settling in visits with their child during which you will be asked to tell us about your child e.g. likes, dislikes and anything else you would like us to know. Once your child has settled they will be allocated key people who will plan for their specific needs and create a secure online Learning Journal via Tapestry, reflecting your child’s achievements. Parents and carers are encouraged to contribute to their child’s Tapestry Learning Journal.

Early Bird Reading

All parents/carers are invited to come into Nursery at the beginning of each session to stay and read with their child. We encourage families to take our books home to share with each other before bedtime.


A Key Person system is in place at the nursery. All new children will be allocated a member of staff who will be their key person. We will allocate the key person during the first 2 weeks of term and you will be notified who your child’s key person is shortly after.

Why the key person system?

A Key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents.

  • A Key person meets the needs of each child in their care and responds sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour.
  • A Key person talks to parents/carers to make sure that their child’s needs are being met.
  • A Key person liaises between staff, ensuring all nursery staff are aware of important background information about each child.
  •  A key person creates careful records of the child’s development and progress and shares this information with parents, the child, and other members of staff/professionals if necessary.
  • All practitioners support the needs of all the children and any member of staff is available for you to speak to if your child’s key person is not available.

If you have any questions about the key person system please feel free to ask a member of staff.

We use Tapestry, an online Learning Journal which is fully secure and password protected. Parents/carers are encouraged to add their own observations or photo's from home and comment on what we have been doing in Nursery.

Parents/carers are kept informed of their child’s progress through parent’s evenings, Learning Journeys, Periodic Progress Summary Sheets and daily discussions if appropriate.


Learning through Play

 Your child’s Learning will be based on the Early Years Foundation Stage seven areas of learning. 

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Learning will be through exploration and play, some of which will be adult led and some will be led by the children’s interests. Each child will choose where they learn during the session.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.  These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.  These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities, along with your child’s interests.  The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. 

Keeping Children Healthy and Well

Children attending the nursery are provided with a healthy snack during each session. The children have a choice of milk or water at snack time. In line with good practice they can also access water throughout the day.

Your child may have a cooked school lunch for an additional payment, or you may wish to provide a healthy packed lunch please do not send any food containing nuts.  If you do not include a drink in your child’s lunch box we will provide water for them to drink at lunchtime.

Children are supported to keep themselves healthy including

  • Personal Hygiene Skills
  • Self help skills e.g. to do up their coat in cold weather

 St. Paul’s Nursery and the Oral health promotion service work together to help improve oral hygiene and Tooth brushing is part of our daily routine.


Outdoor Play

All children and Practitioners move onto the larger play area together taking the children’s choice of larger wheeled equipment and resources that need more space e.g. bats and balls, bikes, scooters. During this time children are particularly supported with their social, emotional and physical development.

Letters and Sounds/Stories

The children have daily opportunities to hear stories within a large group, sing songs together, join in action rhymes, use musical instruments and other learning experiences that best meets their needs. Through the daily teaching of Letters and Sounds children are exposed to speaking and listening, rhyming and alliteration activities. This leads on to children eventually being supported to link sounds and letters in the order in which they occur in words, and name and sound the letters of the alphabet.

Key person Group Time

 Children will engage in daily planned learning experiences to meet their individual specific needs reflecting the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Early Years Foundation Stage

 The nursery and reception classes work closely together to provide a secure and happy environment which enables children to settle quickly into our settings and to ensure a smooth transition from nursery to school.

Core Book

Every half term we base some of our adult initiated learning on a new book. Our books for this year are, We're going on a Bear hunt, Supertato, Percy Park Keeper, The Gruffalo, Goldilocks and the three bears, The Hungary Caterpillar, Guess how much I love you, owl babies, Hooray for fish.

Our topics This Year 2019-20

Curriculum Plan 2020 (Early Years & Reception)