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Thank you for being interested in our Nursery!

The Nursery at Roundwood is a very special place where your children will flourish, experience new things and have the best possible start to help them get ready for ‘big school’.

We are lucky to have fabulous facilities including a dedicated nursery room and outside play area, as well as our Forest School, Sensory Garden and other outdoor learning spaces.  Our highly experienced, passionate team, put the children at the heart of everything they do –  so that your children are safe, happy, have fun and can build strong foundations for their learning. 

What we offer

All children aged 3 and over on 1st September can utilise the 15 hours free childcare provided by the government.  These sessions happen every morning from 8.30am-11.30am.

We also offer full school days from 8.30am-3pm, for which you can utilise 30 hours’ free childcare if you are eligible (check eligibility here for 30 hours free childcare), or else you can self-fund these sessions (see here for information on fees).  In the afternoons, we offer either Forest School with our qualified Forest School leader or Outdoor Explorer sessions.

Childcare Voucher CompanyRoundwood Account Number
Care426417877
EdenredP21285255
Sodexo Motivation Solutions Ltd908242

We also offer lunch club from 11.30am to 12.30pm, where your child can enjoy a hot lunch in school (or bring a packed lunch) – all of our nursery children eat together and then spend some more time playing with their friends.

You can ‘mix and match’ morning, morning and lunch and full day sessions to fit whatever is right for you and your child – the only thing we do ask is that the free 15 hours is used for our morning sessions.  We cover the primary EYFS goals in these sessions and so attending each day is really important for continuity and progressing what the children have learned.

We do ask that your children comes to our Nursery for 5 mornings each week (which uses the 15 hours’ free funded childcare). 

We passionately believe this gives the best outcomes for your child-we plan our curriculum across the whole week and don’t want any child to miss out. It also really helps the children develop social skills when they are with the same small groups all week. 

Applications

We are holding some open day sessions – please click here for more information and to sign up!

First round of applications open on 31st January – please apply here on our website by Monday 7th March. We will offer places shortly after this.   If you apply after Monday 7th, we will either add you to our waiting list or offer you a place in line with our admissions policy.

Any questions?

Please contact the Nursery team via the school office – phone 01582 460756 or email admin@roundwoodprimary.herts.sch.uk

A typical day in nursery

There are never two days quite the same in our Nursery. One day we might be flying off to a warmer country to climb the highest of mountains. Or swimming in the depths of the ocean in search of seahorses and turtles. We begin our morning session with child initiated learning. This is where the children choose where to learn and play independently. During this time, friendships are forged, communications are rich and imaginations run wild.

Next, we come together to sing our welcome song and share news from home, or to celebrate birthdays or special celebrations. This is followed by wake and shake, where we reawaken our bodies following a short time of sitting and listening. Our learning then moves in a group-time session, where we will cover one of the seven areas of learning and focus on a learning statement from the EYFS framework. Our group-time sessions are always visual, active and engaging.

Our nursery children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack and water bottle and we sit together to enjoy this special time. This is a lovely time for the children to chat amongst themselves, and is so lovely to hear the many diverse topics that are discussed!

At nursery we like to be ready for all eventualities such as the British weather. We ask that all children have a pair of wellingtons boots and an all in one waterproof in school. These are so invaluable and allows the children to experience all weathers and participate in all outdoor learning.

Once we have re-fuelled our bodies with food and water, we go off to explore the outdoors. The children have the opportunity to climb and balance, explore our sensory areas with water, sand, and mud. In the outdoors the children can experience creating art on a larger scale. Such as using water based paint sprayer on large canvas or creating natural art from natural resources that are all around us.

Our morning sessions draws to close with a plenary session of all that we have learnt and done. We share a story together before some children head home and the others head off for lunch.

In our Afternoon session, we follow an Outdoor Explorer or Forest School programme that is both active and enriched with lots of new experiences. We still follow the EYFS framework statements with a focus on outdoor learning.  The children love to explore our vast school grounds and thrive on the freedom this gives them. We have been digging and collecting soil to turn into mud. We had a great time making mud pies and decorating them with acorns, leaves and twigs. We have collected our own apples from the school orchard and made apple crumble, yummy! One of our favourite explorer sessions was collecting branches and making our own den to have our afternoon snack in. We also have a child initiated learning hour during the afternoon and finish our day with a story using props to help bring the story to life.

Online application for the next academic year starting 1st September 2022 for children born 1st September 2018 to August 2019.

Applications OpenMonday 31st January 2022
Application DeadlineMonday 7th March 2022You can submit your applications up to 12pm on this date for consideration. Applications received after this date will not be considered for a nursery place until the week commencing 22nd March 2021.
Offer DateMonday 21st March 2022Where possible we will email you with the outcome of your application by 12pm on this date. Notification letters will be posted to any application that has indicated that they are unable to receive information electronically.
Accept your PlaceMonday 28th March 2022Last date for accepting the place offered. Please ensure that you have accepted the place in writing.

Our priority for all children in our Foundation Unit (Nursery and Reception) is to provide your child with a safe, warm and stimulating learning environment. We strive to give every child the support they need to fulfil their potential and achieve this by building positive relationships with parents and carers.
We promote effective early learning through playing and exploring, active learning & creating and thinking critically. We endeavour to develop the children’s ability to make decisions and become independent learners, thus encouraging them to share responsibility for their learning.
You are very welcome to come and see us please call the school office on 01582 460756 or click here. Also – if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office and they will do their best to help (or put you in touch with someone who can).

Please only complete the form below if you are applying for a place for the academic year 2021-22. wpforms id=”441″

Notes to parent

How the information on this form will be used:

By completing this form and signing the declaration you are agreeing for Roundwood Primary School, if they are oversubscribed, to check whether your child’s details meet the school’s published admission rules and if he/she can be offered a nursery place.

Any personal data collected will be treated as confidential under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not use the data for any other purpose, nor will we share your data with any third parties other than the Department for Education (for statutory reporting), Hertfordshire County Council departments who may from time to time send you advice, guidance and information relating to changes to early years provision and educational services that are relevant and/or of benefit to your child, and your local children’s centre who support the local authority by assisting families to access the services that children are entitled to.

Children who have been adopted from care or are subject to a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order.

Eligibility will be based on your declaration that your child was formally a looked after child and on the evidence of their status e.g. a copy of the relevant order. This form and a copy of the relevant order should be seen by the school and they will confirm with Hertfordshire County Council that they have seen confirmation and enable a place to be offered under this criteria.