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Elm Wood Primary School

Welcome to Nursery

Welcome to Elm Wood Nursery from the Nursery team. 

Class teacher - Miss Elisabeth Learoyd

Teaching assistants - Ms Ashworth, Miss Neilson and Mrs Gay

Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Mrs Stewart


Hello, Happy New Year!

We hope you've had a wonderful Christmas break and you're all excited for the new half term.

Forest School

We will be continuing with Forest School with Miss Neilson this half term however the children have everything they need here so don't worry about bringing in any extras. The children will use their wellies already in Nursery and we have all-in-one rain suits for the children but please ensure your child has a warm coat to go underneath.


Throughout the year we will be looking at various topics, our next topic is:

Can we explore it?

We will be reading lots of stories relating to exploring the world. Our first focus is on Space but we will also be looking at safaris, jungles and under the sea. We will be having a visit from our Stargazing dome this half term so look out for some exciting news coming home with the children. 


Although we will be reading lots of books throughout the next half term, some of our favourite ones to focus on are:

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We will be doing lots of speaking and listening games in the first few months of Nursery to get the children used to listening to noises and sounds. You can help at home with your child's phonic development by singing songs and nursery rhymes and reading stories with lots of alliteration in. If you have any questions about phonics then please don't hesitate to ask Miss Learoyd for some more information.

Nursery times

The Nursery doors will open at 8.45am for children doing morning or full day sessions and parents can come in and share activities with their child until 9.00am.

Lunchtime is between 11.45am-1.00pm and we ask that you bring a packed lunch if your child is staying over lunchtime.

Afternoon sessions begin at 12.15pm and end at 3.15pm, please try to stick to these times as lunchtime can be very busy.

You will be able to collect your child between 3.00pm and 3.15pm.

Acorn times

The morning Acorns will start their day at 8.30am and should be brought to the school office where they will be collected by Mrs Gay. Their day will then finish at 11.30am and they need to be picked up from the school office as well. 

The afternoon Acorns will start their day at 12.15pm and should be brought to the school office to be collected by Mrs Gay. Their school day will finish at 3.15pm and should be pick up from the Nursery door.


Lots of the children will be staying over the lunchtime period and will be looked after by our brilliant lunchtime organisers Mrs Kirkman and Mrs Baron. We are a Healthy School and apply for the Golden Grin Award each year so please send your child with a packed lunch filled with their favourite 'healthy' snacks. Some really good ideas for filling a lunchbox can be found here: