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Overview

Our family run Nursery School and out of school club is located in the Staffordshire Moorlands near the boundary with Stoke on Trent. We provide care for children aged two to eleven and are open Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year.

The core of our establishment, Moorland Nursery School, opened in 1982. Our Nursery School provides a teacher led, play-based early years curriculum for children aged three to five years. Our two year old "TC Tigers" form a small feeder group for the nursery school. There are normally around eight children in this group which is based in our Rainbow Room. Finally, TC Club, our out of school club, provides wrap-around and holiday childcare for primary school children in the Endon & Stockton Brook area.

Moorland Nursery School

With the benefit of an experienced full-time teacher, Moorland Nursery School provides a high standard of early years education & care for children aged three to five years.

The nursery school operates from Trinity Court, an award winning restored Victorian chapel. Along with its school rooms the converted chapel provides a warm, spacious and stimulating environment.

During the refurbishment, care was taken to preserve many features of the former chapel: decorative woodwork and stained glass reflect the building's 124 year history. By contrast, the main rooms are modern in decoration and design. These light, airy spaces provide a superb canvas for displaying the children's art work.

Trinity Court has been designed with young children in mind: infant toilets, glass panelled doors and a comprehensive security system are among the many features adapting the building for its current use. Endon High School's playing field adjoins the building and we benefit from uninhibited access to this extensive outdoor facility.

Each year since 1982 we have succeeded in making early years education fun for children, parents and staff alike. The enthusiasm, skill and dedication of our teacher has gained her widespread recognition. The nursery education funding scheme is enabling an increasing number of children to benefit from her experience.

TC Tigers and TC Club

Moorland Nursery School incorporates a small unit which nurtures the early development of 2 to 3 year old children. The aim of our TC Tigers unit is to gently prepare children for the nursery school (which in turn paves the way for the transition to full-time primary education).

TC Club also operates from Trinity Court, providing high quality childcare before & after school and during the school holidays. The club operates within the secure, caring environment for which we are renowned. During term time TC Club accommodates children attending four local primary schools. Children from any primary school may attend during vacations.

TC Tigers

When we moved to Trinity Court in 1997, the increased space and facilities allowed us to open our expertise to a wider range of children. This saw the origin of our TC Tigers, an extension of the nursery school. This small unit provides a gentle introduction to early years education for children aged two years.

TC Tigers is designed primarily to help children take their first step towards early-years education though a play based curriculum. It also provides mums and dads with a safe, reliable and professional childcare facility that is open for 52 weeks of the year.

The unit benefits from sharing its facilities, resources and expertise with those of Moorland Nursery School. Our TC Tigers are based in their own area within Trinity Court, the Rainbow Room. The unit accommodates an intimate group of around eight children in any one session. The children enjoy a colourful, stimulating and secure environment which helps develop their confidence. The professionalism which characterises our nursery school applies to an equal degree with TC Tigers and our staff are selected for their warmth and ability to nurture a family atmosphere. As a result, children benefit greatly from professional guidance and peer contact during an important stage of their early development.

Our children learn to socialise in a caring atmosphere and gain from the friendships they form. Within a gentle framework incorporating themes, and with an emphasis on play, children are guided socially and emotionally. They learn to share and to respect each other and adults.

Development is encouraged through imaginative, creative and physical activities and elementary concepts are introduced with games. Sand & water play, counting, number recognition and colours all take an important role. Familiarity with books is encouraged and listening to stories, poems and nursery rhymes helps the children to develop language skills. Our children delight in expressing themselves through music, movement and song.

Potty training is an important part of development at this age and nursery nursing staff liaise closely with parents during this process.

TC Tigers' children are guaranteed a place in our nursery school group and progress when ready for the transition (normally at age three). Introductory visits and the continuity of staff and peers allow this transition to occur virtually seamlessly.

Due to the small capacity of the unit, sessions are often heavily subscribed. For this reason early booking is recommended.

Moorland Nursery School

At about three years of age children's skills of concentration begin to develop. This is an ideal time for them to extend their knowledge of the World around them.

Our teacher led nursery school group admits children from the age of three and explores a carefully planned curriculum through guided play. Our TC Tigers children normally integrate into our nursery school group at the age of three (although individual development is taken into consideration).

While we appreciate it is not always possible, children make the greatest progress when they attend five or more sessions per week. This allows them to settle into the nursery school routine and experience a significant amount of the play based curriculum on offer. Many parents increase session attendance in readiness for primary school and if full time attendance (09:15-15:15) can be achieved this is ideal. Nursery School provides a gentle introduction to the concept of the school day and familiarity with the routine eases children's transition to primary school.

Introductory visits are essential before full sessions are attended. These are tailored for each individual and the number needed can vary greatly from child to child. We provide guidance and feedback throughout the induction period and welcome family input to help smooth the process. Children attending session in our TC Tigers integrate gradually into our nursery school group and the move is virtually seamless.

Free Sessions

Moorland Nursery School is an approved early-education provider within the Department for Education & Skills' (DfES) early-years education scheme. Nursery Education Grant funding may be claimed at Moorland Nursery School and up to five sessions per week may be attended free of charge. The funding is not dependent upon family income and is available to children from the age of three. Further details of the funding scheme can be found in the Fees section below.

Moorland Nursery School aims to benefit children by:

  • making their early years ones of friendship and fun. This helps pave the way for a happy and successful education.
  • affording attention as part of a small class group.
  • stimulating receptive, young minds and helping to curb challenging behaviour.
  • nurturing confidence and developing social skills
  • providing the skills needed for a smooth transition to primary school so this occurs with anticipated pleasure not trauma!

Background Information

Moorland Nursery School has offered early-years education to children aged three to five years since 1982. During this time we have achieved a reputation for excellence within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The importance of Nursery Education is now recognised by the profession and the community in general. Nursery school provides the first challenge for many children and allows an extension of the social setting to include those other than family. This can be a challenging step for children to take and during the transition it is important that a strong relationship develops between child and teacher. A family atmosphere within the class helps to achieve this.

Many psychologists agree that children benefit from early interaction with other children in a group situation. Children learn to integrate with their class group and to extend relationships beyond the confines of the home. The opportunity to meet others of similar age in an intimate environment prepares for successful entry into primary school. This makes later contact with children of varying ages (and sizes) much less awe-inspiring. From our experience, many of the friendships formed at nursery school endure into adulthood!

We are proud of the achievements of our former pupils and feel early guidance at Moorland Nursery School has assisted many in achieving successful careers, gaining academic distinctions and attaining University entrance. 50% of our first cohort gained degrees in 1999 and many more have followed in their wake!

Children's development varies greatly during their early years. Even where children are not ready to make perceptible academic progress (as will be the case for many) they gain a great deal from nursery education. The most important role of early years education is to nurture children's Personal, Social & Emotional development. This enables children to develop confidence, helping them to form successful relationships with others and cope with most situations. Nursery school helps prepare children for the wider world, providing them with the skills necessary to enjoy successful social interaction.

Nursery education is a prelude to primary school and both of these form the basis of the child's future school career. Early educational ideas and concepts provide the foundations on which to extend and consolidate. A secure foundation helps develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude to learning. Young children are at a stage of development where they become aware of their surroundings and what lies beyond. There is a natural stimulus from within giving a quest for knowledge. Children are mentally receptive and absorb a wealth of information about their environment and personal interests. This requires direction to mould, stimulate and inspire. Our skill is in harnessing this natural interest, making learning fun for all involved!

Curriculum

Children benefit from stimulation and direction to exercise and activate their powers of thought. Interesting experiences provoke discussion and provide a source for knowledge. Moorland Nursery School works to a detailed early-education curriculum which comfortably fulfils the requirements of Ofsted and the DfES:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language & Literacy
  • Knowledge & Understanding of the World
  • Problem Solving, Numeracy & Reasoning
  • Creative Development
  • Physical Development.

Through Poetry, Music, Drama, Physical Exercise, Creative Activities, Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Nature and Science children are introduced to the stimulating experiences that education offers. Our children participate in all these activities along with those involving the elementary skills of reading, writing and mathematics. The skills learned form firm foundations for later success at primary school.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Children are encouraged to become confident and to develop self esteem. They learn to enjoy integrating with their friends, learning to share, show kindness and be polite. Children learn to work together within the structure of a small group and that of the larger class group where participation in group discussion is encouraged. They learn to listen to members of staff working with them and are encouraged to listen to one another. Our children are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and to respect the cultures and beliefs of their peers.

Communication, Language & Literacy

Interpretation and understanding of language occurs at a very early stage in children's development and continues throughout their education. It is important that children learn to use language with confidence. This helps them communicate their ideas and thoughts so they may relate successfully with each other. In the nursery school children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary to incorporate words which will express their feelings. As children develop they learn to enjoy the art of collecting new words. They explore sounds and syllables, discovering those which rhyme and put these together to form their personal poems and songs. Such playful creations may sound primitive to the adult ear but it is an important stage in the development of language and one which we encourage.

Reading

Reading is a key skill and a king pin around which much education revolves. Learning to read is a gradual process which continues throughout primary school. The process begins in the nursery school and is consolidated over the years. Pre-reading activities include jig-saws, matching, alphabet recognition, and flash card recognition. Children must then understand the significance of the written word and relate it to their own lives and interests. Once there is an understanding of words, recognition of shapes and a correlation between objects and the written word, the foundation has been established for introducing reading books. Books are ubiquitous within the nursery setting. Children take great pleasure listening to stories and learn to handle books with care. Books provide a constant source of information used to supplement topics and themes. Moorland Nursery School has a "quiet area" where children may look at, read and enjoy books.

Writing

In their early development children communicate their thoughts and ideas on paper using paint brushes, crayons and pencils. The fine motor skills required to produce controlled writing develop gradually; for some children at pre-school age they are not well defined. Writing activities may become frustrating with under developed fine motor skills. It is important that nursery school children participate in activities which help the development of such skills. Plasticine and clay modelling, finger painting, painting, crayoning, cutting & gluing and bead threading all contribute to the development of the child's motor ability. As motor skills begin to develop children are introduced to activities involving tracing, dot-to-dot joining, writing patterns and over-writing. Some children progress to letter formation and learn to write their name using upper and lower case letters where appropriate.

Problem Solving, Numeracy & Reasoning

A grasp of the fundamental concepts of number and mathematics is essential if the more complex aspects of the subject are to be understood and consolidated in later life. Children can learn arithmetic skills by rote but their understanding of the subject may be superficial.

Moorland Nursery School provides an ideal setting for children to develop an understanding and enjoyment of problem solving and mathematics. Children learn the significance of numbers through directed play activities. Matching, sorting and counting activities provide the experience required for greater understanding. Numbers are meaningless to young children until they can relate them to their own experience. Attaining the abstract concept of number is the prelude to understanding mathematics. This process is gradual and may vary with individual children depending upon their own interest in the subject.

Our children participate in activities involving sorting, matching, shape recognition, counting and number recognition. This progresses to simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Further activities include time recognition, measuring, water play, symmetry and tessellation.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Children have a natural desire to explore and investigate the world around them. Topics and themes (both planned and impromptu) allow children to investigate their homes, their local community, places of interest, their environment and cultures different from their own. Children enjoy visits from the Fire Brigade, Police Officers, School Crossing Wardens (Lollipop ladies!) and Nurses. They delight in watching tadpoles develop into frogs and take pleasure in excursions to release the newly developed "froglets" into nearby country parks.

The opportunities to develop children's Knowledge and Understanding of the World are virtually limitless. Topics and themes form the backbone of our curriculum. They are of natural interest to children and form a superb base around which other areas of the curriculum may explored. They are great fun for children, parents and staff alike. Children love to share experiences from home with members of the and group; we welcome the input of parents and family to help develop (or even create) areas of our curriculum.

Ofsted Inspection

As a registered nursery school in receipt of Government funding we are inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). Each of our Ofsted Inspections have led to extremely complimentary reports.

You are welcome to study our Ofsted Report and our Curriculum in the School Office. You can also read our most recent Ofsted report online on Ofsted's website.

TC Club (Out of School Club)

At Trinity Court we have tried to offer parents the freedom to cope with modern lifestyles. We offer a wide choice within our childcare regime to accommodate requirements of parents and children.

TC Club allows us to provide care beyond the nursery school day. The sessions offered maintain the stimulation of peer contact, professional guidance, structured and free choice activities. Children up to 11 years of age are accepted into TC Club sessions and, where appropriate, this may be extended up to 14 years of age.

TC Club During Term Time

TC Club runs outside Moorland Nursery School's operating hours. During term time TC Club provides sessions before and after school hours. If your child is of pre-school age this enables us to provide a total package of education and care that extends from 8:00am to 5:45pm, Monday to Friday.

The benefits of TC Club are not restricted to Moorland Nursery School's children. TC Club sessions accommodate primary school children up to 11 years of age. If you have children attending one of our local primary schools we can deliver them to school for 9 o'clock and pick them up at the end of the school day. Children may then be collected from TC Club any time between 3:15 and 5:45. As you would expect Moorland Nursery School and TC Club's transport is appropriately insured & equipped for the safe carriage of children.

TC Holiday Club

Holiday Club operates from Trinity Court during school vacations. Session hours are the same as during the term. The same staff who have allowed us to achieve our reputation for excellence in early-years education & care supervise TC  Holiday Club. Among the most popular attractions of the club are the frequent excursions during the holidays. TC Club's older children have enjoyed days out to the likes of Jodrell Bank, Churnet Valley Railway, Hack Green Bunker, Blackbrook Zoological Park...!

TC Club and Moorland Nursery School share premises and our Holiday Club runs during nursery school vacation times only. Moorland Nursery School's term dates are based on information from Staffordshire's education department. We make every effort to match our holiday dates with those of our local Primary Schools but sometimes primary schools' staff training days make this impossible. If your child attends primary school please ask the school for details of their term dates and training days. This will allow you to co-ordinate childcare arrangements well in advance.

TC Club has a separate information booklet if you would like additional details.

Trinity Court's Staff

Our Team

Head Teacher

  • Mrs MA Shadforth - Cert. Ed. (St Hild's College, Durham)

Nursery Nurse

  • Mrs E Parton - Foundation Degree (Early Years)
  • Mrs D Chadwick - Foundation Degree (Early Years), NVQ 3 (Playwork)
  • Mrs J Simpson - NVQ 3 (Diploma in Childcare & Education)

Childcare Assistant

  • Miss C Simcock - NVQ 3 (Diploma in Childcare & Education)
  • Mrs D Sellers - NVQ 3 Student (Diploma in Childcare & Education)
  • Miss A Platt - NVQ 3 Student (Diploma in Childcare & Education)

Business Manager

  • Mr MF Shadforth - B.Sc. (Hons) University of Sheffield, Dip.M.

Secretary

  • Mrs M Tomlinson

Trainees

Moorland Nursery School trains students who may be in place as supernumerary staff.

Staff Development Policy

As a school, we take issues of staff quality, training and development very seriously.

  • The Nursery School employs staff with appropriate training and encourages staff to further their personal development for the benefit of the children and themselves.
  • Staff are encouraged to gain further qualifications in appropriate areas when possible.
  • Staff meetings are held regularly, allowing sharing of ideas and experiences for the benefit of the Educational and Childcare programme.
  • In-house teaching of staff members is ongoing and informal.
  • Staff development reviews are held regularly and staff are encouraged to formulate a personal development plan to address their needs and aspirations.
  • Our library is constantly developed and expanded for staff education and reference.
  • Staff are encouraged to attend lectures delivered at the Early Years Forum to help their understanding of current thinking and theories regarding Early Years Development.
  • We develop and maintain educational links with local primary schools.
  • The school is committed to assist staff in their personal development and will attempt to facilitate this, calling upon other agencies as appropriate.

General Information

Operational Policies

Moorland Nursery School has detailed written policies. The main areas covered are noted in our Parental Information Pack which is available to download as a PDF (224KB). These are in a password protected area of the website. Alternatively, paper copies are available freely at Trinity Court.

Session Structure

Guaranteed Sessions

Sessions at any of our facilities are booked in advance on a termly basis. This enables us to Guarantee your child's place with us for the duration of the term(s) booked. We arrange our staff timetables and other resources according to academic term times and require six weeks' notice (half a term) before we can reduce your Guaranteed Session requirements. Because sessions are pre-booked, holidays and other absences continue to incur session charges.

Occasional Sessions

The flexibility of our service means we are often able to accommodate requests for Occasional Sessions at short notice. You will appreciate that although these sessions are for your convenience they are subject to availability. Occasional Sessions cannot be booked more than two weeks in advance. Occasional Sessions are time consuming to administer and an administrative charge of 10% is applied (see section Fees).

Session Hours

The nursery school follows to the academic convention of three terms per annum. The Before & After School Care service provided by TC Club operates outside of school hours. TC Holiday Club operates during school vacations from Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays). Our operating hours are:

  • Before School Session - 08:00 to 09:15
  • Morning Session - 09:15 to 11:45
  • Lunch - 11:45 to 12:45
  • Afternoon Session - 12:45 to 15:15
  • After School Session 1 - 15:15 to 16:30
  • After School Session 2 - 16:30 to 17:45

The main morning and afternoon sessions are 2 hours 30 minutes and may not be divided. Before and After School sessions are 1 hour 15 minutes. Parents may select any combination to suit the needs of their children and themselves.

Children attending morning or afternoon sessions educational sessions at the nursery school (age 3 - 5) may be delivered up to fifteen minutes before the session without incurring additional charges. PLEASE NOTE: This concession does not apply to sessions with TC Tigers or TC Club. Children attending these must be delivered and collected within the session times. Children delivered before or collected outside the session times will be deemed to have availed themselves of the adjacent session with an occasional session charge attached.

Food and Drink

Drinks and a light snack are provided during the main morning and afternoon sessions in the nursery school. Children attending TC Club sessions before school will be offered a light breakfast (on request); those attending after school will be offered drinks and an afternoon snack. These are included in session charges.

Children staying for lunch may bring a packed lunch or, for an additional charge, may have a cooked meal provided. Packed lunches should be brought in a rigid container and labelled with the child's full name. Drink containers routinely spill sticky contents over staff, children and premises alike! For this reason drinks are provided and should not be brought.

Hot food is prepared daily on the premises and every effort is made to respect individual dietary requirements within these meals. If your child has special dietary needs (including allergies) please discuss those with us at the time of registration.

When children are accommodated over lunch time a supervision charge applies.

Fees

Moorland Nursery School has no retainer fees for holidays when children attend term only, or for term when children attend for TC Holiday Club only. Such retainers can represent a substantial cost and should be considered when assessing your childcare budget.

Fees are not returnable for absence but, at the discretion of the head teacher and subject to availability, an alternative session may be offered in lieu where sessions have been missed.

Afternoon Sessions at Moorland Nursery School, the TC Tigers and TC Club are charged at discounted rates.

Fees for Occasional Sessions

A 10% administrative charge is applied to all Occasional Session fees. This charge is in addition to the session charge. With the exception of the 10% Sibling Discount, discounts do not apply to occasional session charges.

Transport Charges for TC Club Sessions

Relocation between local schools and TC Club may be pedestrian with an escort, or vehicular with a member of our staff. Moorland Nursery School and TC Club's transport is appropriately insured & equipped for the safe carriage of children. When a child attending a local Primary School is relocated to or from TC Club there is a charge:

  • Relocation Charge, per trip - £0.75

Relocation charges are eligible for advance payment discounts (see below).

Meal charges

Hot lunch, per lunch (in addition to the session fee) - £1.60

Meal charges, but not session fees, are refunded if cancelled by 8:30am on the day.

Financial Assistance from the DfES

Nursery Education Grant Funding is available to help cover the cost of Early Years Education for children aged three or over. Funding is available to children from the term after their third birthday. Eligible children are entitled to receive five Educational sessions per week at no charge. The funding is available to children regardless of family income.

Funding from the DfES is administered by the Local Education Authority. Moorland Nursery School is approved by the DfES to provide Nursery Education as Provider Number 109543.

The claim process requires very little parental input. If your child attends Moorland Nursery School we will contact shortly before the claim is due to be submitted and let you know what action is required.

Rules regarding DfES funding include:

  • Funding may only be used for Educational sessions. These are Moorland Nursery School's morning or afternoon sessions during academic term time.
  • You may opt for morning or afternoon sessions, or a combination.
  • Funding is available for up to five sessions. You do not have to use all five, nor do you need to use them all in one establishment.
  • You may not claim funding in a private establishment if your child is attending sessions in a maintained establishment (state school).
  • You must provide the us with a copy of your child's birth certificate.

If you wish to take advantage of other facilities which Moorland Nursery School offers you may, of course, continue to do so. Additional educational sessions, lunch-time sessions and care sessions may be included and an account for these will be raised as normal.

Funding from the DfES is not paid termly in advance and does not qualify for the Advance Payment Discount. If you are using other sessions and wish to pay termly then the discount will be applied to the portion for which you are responsible.

As a rough guide, five sessions of Government funding is worth just over £45 per week. The funding provides assistance during academic term time only and cannot be offset against sessions during vacation periods.

Discounts

Termly Payment in Advance

When fees are paid termly in advance a 5% Advance Payment discount applies. When children attend during school vacations Holiday Club fees must be paid at the beginning of academic term to qualify for this discount.

Sibling Discount

A 10% Sibling Discount applies to session fees where a second (or subsequent) child attends the establishment concurrently with their sibling. If fees are not equal the discount applies to the lower fees. TC Club's Relocation Charges do not attract this discount.

Educational Fee Discounts (Children aged 3-5 years)

Where five morning or five afternoon sessions are attended per week they are discounted by 15%.

Where ten educational sessions are attended a further discount of 5% is applied.

Full-time attendance at the establishment (8am - 5:45pm, five days) attracts a further 10% discount.

TC Tigers and TC Holiday Club fee discounts

A 10% Discount applies to full day attendance (08:00-17:45).

An additional 10% discount applies to full week attendance (five days at 08:00-17:45).

Registration

A registration fee is due with registration with Moorland Nursery School or our TC Tigers. This is payable once for each child, or for the family when more than one child is registered at the same time. The registration fee is returned if we cannot accommodate your request but is otherwise non-returnable. Registration with TC Club is free of charge.

Registration Fee - £36.00

Updated 2009-04-09

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