Welcome to Busy Bees!
We offer part time and full time sessions, including lunch, Monday to Friday, term time only. Here at St James' we take children from 2 years old and we also offer free places, which can be claimed the term after your child turns 3. In addition to this we offer the government 30 hour scheme.
We comprise of two sessions, a morning and afternoon.
12:15pm - 3:15pm
Yes, please follow the link to our uniform information: https://www.st-james-pri.lancs.sch.uk/uniform/
Please ensure that every item of uniform (including shoes) is labelled clearly with your child's name. We also suggest that children have Velcro shoes to help promote independence.
Each child will also need to bring a pair of wellies, and bring the necessary warm clothing as we will be outside a lot.
There are many ways you can help your child at home. Some ideas are suggested below.
We would love to hear from you about any achievements your child has mastered at home and that they and you are proud of. All learning needs to be celebrated! Home learning can be documented via class Dojo including photographs, videos and comments.
Suggested activities to help at home:
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which places focus on providing an environment which supports children's Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional development, as well as Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. All children will have the opportunity to engage in activities whilst exploring different themes during the course of the year. They will also access all the learning areas within the indoor and outdoor provision independently, which have been carefully planned to meet the children's interests and needs.
Communication and Language
We aim to provide the children with a vocabulary rich environment, providing lots of opportunities for speaking and listening. In our Busy Bees setting we encourage the children to develop their use and understanding of basic key vocabulary. On a daily basis the children will listen to and join in with stories and rhymes, building their level of attention and concentration span over the course of the year. We also encourage and model the use of language when playing in the continuous provision.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At St James’ we provide a welcoming a nurturing environment for all children. We encourage children to be independent learners and have confidence in their abilities, as well as support them in learning how to manage their feelings and understand appropriate behaviours.
We are very fortunate to have a large outdoor area providing lots of opportunities for the children to develop their gross motor skills. We have a variety of equipment including bikes, trikes and scooters, balls and building bricks as well as a trim trail which children have access to on a daily basis. We also help to develop the children’s fine motor skills through carefully selected activities such as through using play dough or chubby chalks.
Early reading a writing skills are of upmost importance to us, and as such children are provided with lots of opportunities throughout the day to listen to and talk about stories, initially using pictures to decode story lines. We also use various mark making methods such as painting, drawing in sand and using chalks and we encourage children to give meaning to their marks. As children move into our nursery class they with begin to recognise and write some letters such as those from their name.
We plan to help children develop their mathematical awareness through everyday play, creating opportunities for children to improve counting skills, understand and use numbers as well as use and describe shape, space and measure. Examples of this include singing number nursery rhymes, comparing the size of toy animals and sorting objects by shape or colour.
Understanding the World
We aim to promote a natural curiosity about the world and provide opportunities to explore and investigate through everyday activities. Children have access to the natural world around us through our outdoor provision and we often set up activities for children to take part in planting, hunting for bugs and nature walks. We also aim to provide children with an understanding of the wider world through storybooks, short video clips and discussion.
Expressive Art and Design
Children are encouraged to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas in a range of ways including through art, design and technology, role play, music and dance. We have a range of resources for the children to independently access and use including musical instruments, a ‘home’ corner, creative and painting areas.
NO SWEETS OR SNACKS PLEASE. We have several children and staff within school with allergies.
Your child will receive a piece of fruit daily and will have access to water and milk throughout the session.
NO TOYS PLEASE. Please leave toys at home. We have sufficient toys in the classroom and would hate for your child’s personal items to be misplaced or damaged.
If you want to find out more information about our availability of places, please contact our main office on 01695 728989.