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Nursery and Reception

Welcome to Nursery and Reception

Learning through play, each and every day...
A very warm welcome to Collingwood Foundation Stage and the start of a new school year! The staff have worked very hard to ensure we provide the best for our children; our outdoor classroom is now complete and fully accessible to all children and we are continuing our work with artist Chris Howlett and The Washington Wetlands. We have also arranged a number of trips for across the year (see dates below). We pride ourselves on offering an enriched curriculum where the children are encouraged to be inquisitive about the world around them. 

Autumn Term

Welcome back everyone!                                     Our children in Reception and Nursery have made a brilliant start to the new school year. The children are looking very smart in their uniforms. All of our children have settled well and we look forward to working with our new Collingwood families over the coming weeks.

Digital Anomaly
Information Board

You may have noticed outside our Foundation Stage entrance our  digital information board. School information will be displayed here so please check regularly. There is also a wide variety of informative video clips shown throughout the day, covering issues such as 'healthy eating' and 'exercise'. 

Dough Dance and Go Noodle

To ensure our children are wide awake and ready for the day ahead, we have regular exercise time, dancing along to set routines, using the 'Go Noodle' website. The children thoroughly enjoy this and it's such a great way to start our day! Lots of children tell us they have been using this website at home too!

To help our children develop their fine motor skills and pencil control, we use 'Dough Dance' in Foundation Stage. 'Dough Dance' is a program that encourages children to 'dance' with their play dough using their hands and a variety of movements. It's proved a huge hit with both staff and children!

30 Hours of Nursery provision

Will I qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:

They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.

This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old and £56 a week for apprentices in their first year.

This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract

The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.

Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.

Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.

Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.

If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds A parent will not meet the criteria when:

Either parent has an income of more than £100,000

If one or both parents is a non-EEA national and the parent applying does not have recourse to public funds

Please click on the link below to find your nearest childcare providers and speak to Mrs Ramshaw or Mrs Grant if you have any queries.

Our Learning Mentor

Just a reminder that we have our learning mentor, Mrs Bell, who is on hand daily to help with any problems or queries you may have. She is always available and ready to help in anyway she can.