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Rye St Antony Nursery – An Holistic Approach To Learning

Welcome to our Nursery at Rye St Antony.

Situated on Rye St Antony’s beautiful 12 acre woodlands and grounds, our Early Years Centre is a haven for boys and girls aged three to five.

Consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, our warm and welcoming Early Years Environment offers the perfect start to a child’s educational life.

At Rye’s Nursery and Reception Class, we take an holistic approach to learning, which fits the whole school’s aim of treating each child as an individual who is listened to and supported. Combine this with a happy, purposeful atmosphere for foundation learning and a rich, varied Nursery curriculum and you have the ingredients for a child’s best possible start.

Our highly experienced Nursery staff work hard to ensure that every child participates fully in all the key areas of learning through a structured curriculum with a strong emphasis on play and enjoyment. The joy of learning is a solid foundation to lay at this crucial stage. Nursery children also participate in link sessions with Reception class in music, PE and Forest School.

Conveniently situated in central Oxford, our Nursery provides infinite opportunity for children to explore their environment safely both inside the well equipped Early Years centre and within the school’s wonderful gardens and grounds.

We have excellent staff to pupil ratios with Level 3 Supervisors and our children learn respect for themselves, one-another and the environment.

Our Nursery pupils, who can join in the term of their third birthday, are happy, confident individuals who are encouraged to communicate with staff and peers and work harmoniously with one-another in a nurturing environment. We believe achievement and effort should be rewarded in order for a child to thrive and grow whilst retaining their thirst for knowledge and learning.

We welcome parents to the Nursery and we hold frequent open days, assemblies and performances so you can see your children happily in action.

Joining Rye St Antony’s Nursery offers no better foundation for your child. Do come and see our Early Years in action and see for yourself what a happy and purposeful atmosphere for learning there is. We would love to show you around.

Andrea Strauther

Nursery Manager

A Typical Nursery Day

Our school day runs from 7.30 am until 6.30 pm. Children in the nursery have the option to attend part-time or full-time.

Time Activity
7.45-9am Children arrive and settle in
9.00am Children are asked to choose from one of two rooms where a variety of activities are on offer.
Caterpillar Room: Painting, water play, playdough, sand, role-play, practical life
  Butterfly Room: Literacy, numeracy, puzzles and ICT
10.15am Tidy Up Time
  Each child is encouraged to take part in tidying up the environment
10.30am Circle Time
  Register is taken. The group focuses on an aspect of the day’s theme
10.45am Elevenses
  Fruit, milk and biscuits are eaten in the Caterpillar Room
11.00am Outside Time
  Children are free to enjoy the woods and outside play equipment. (If it is raining, the children take part in construction play or indoor physical activities)
11.50am Return Inside
  Children change shoes and wash hands. This is followed by story and music time
12.30pm End of Morning Session
  Home time for some children. Lunchtime for children staying for the afternoon.
1.00pm Quiet Time
  Rest time for children who need it
1.30pm Afternoon Registration
  Circle Time
2.00pm Inside Play
  Stories and activities based on the day’s theme
2.45pm Outdoor Play
  Children are taken on a walk or take part in outdoor activities in Rye St Antony’s beautiful 12 acre grounds
3.30pm Return Inside
  Children have a snack and those who go home at this time are collected
3.45-6.00pm Extended Day
  After School Care is provided for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children

The Nursery Curriculum

At Rye St Antony Nursery, our children follow a curriculum which covers the seven key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We provide the perfect setting for children to make new friends from the day they arrive. Children are encouraged to become independent. We also help them learn about children less fortunate than themselves through participation in charity events such as The Barnado’s Big Toddle Walk and termly charity days.

Communication and Language. We encourage our children to talk, share their natural curiosity and ideas through circle time and structured play. Frequent assemblies help them to build confidence. If English isn’t a child’s first language, we pride ourselves in helping them to settle and learn very quickly. Physical Development. Our superb gardens and woodlands are an oasis in the middle of the thriving city of Oxford. The grounds at Rye St Antony provide endless opportunities for climbing trees, playing football, interacting with others on the play equipment and generally letting off steam. Children can also practise their climbing skills on the high apparatus in the purpose built sports hall and also learn gymnastics here.

Literacy. All children learn to read via our highly successful phonics programme which begins in Nursery and is consolidated in Reception Class. Every day each child has a one to one reading session with a member of staff. Varied and structured activities encourage the fine motor skills needed for writing. Mathematics. Children have a natural curiosity for numbers and from the time they start in our Nursery, we encourage them to understand them in the context of everyday life, both inside and outside through structured activities.

Understanding The World. From the age of three, children are starting to make sense of the world around them and our Nursery helps them explore further in a safe and nurturing environment. We are heavily involved with the local community and frequently visit local organisations and organise Nursery School trips. We also host visits from services such as Fire and Police as well as authors, artists and local businesspeople. We welcome parent input and many volunteer to share their skills with us. Children as young as three use computers in the Nursery.

Expressive Arts and Design. Getting messy is such an important part of learning to express yourself through art and design and every day there’s a chance for children to get stuck into gloop, sand, playdough and paint and they are sure to bring their masterpieces home for the kitchen wall. Dressing up is important at this age too and we offer plenty of scope for potential Princes and Princesses. Our dedicated music teacher helps children to express themselves through songs and instruments and many of our children take weekly ballet lessons. There are so many ways for children to express themselves at Rye St Antony Nursery School.

In Rye St Antony my husband and I found the perfect ‘fit’ of school for the specific needs of our daughter.
Senior School Parent