Cambridge Nursery School is one of three maintained nursery schools within Sefton. We have been established since 1974.
We are able to offer 80 places for children the term after their third birthday. We also offer 40 places for 2 year olds who are eligible for free early education. Our large indoor and outdoor learning environments allow children to be nurtured to be independent and inquisitive learners. All staff are qualified and the team consists of teachers, nursery nurses and childcare assistants.
Children’s progress is regularly monitored and shared with parents .The staff base the children’s learning around the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Activities take into account the individual learning styles and interests of the children and planning takes place 'in the moment' to allow staff to act on children's interests and needs. Children are regulary assessed to ensure that we plan experiences which are relevant and challenge the children to achieve the best possible outcome.
In addition to the guidance of the EYFS we ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which supports their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
At Cambridge our curriculum and courses for parents provide opportunities to promote children’s’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. SMSC is also embedded through our values, ethos, effective relationships throughout the school.
Children’s’ spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life’s fundamental questions. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives and non-material wellbeing. How is this undertaken? We give the children time to answer questions and be listened to. We show them how things grow and how to care for other living things and our environment.
Pupils’ moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. They are able and willing to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them. How do we promote this?- We ensure that positive behaviour is reinforced and that the children receive rewards for their good behaviour.
Pupils’ social development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities. The family theme is extended with our use of key carers. Children quickly achieve a sense of belonging to our setting.
Pupils’ cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and an ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others’ ways of doing things and curiosity about differences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture. Much of our cultural development is explored through celebrations. We are one of the first centres in our authority to establish an international group. If you can support us to introduce your culture to our school you would be most welcome!
The term after your child’s birthday they will qualify for 15 hours nursery education a week, this can be taken as 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. A limited number of 30 hour places are available subject to eligibility and availability.
8.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. in the morning
12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in an afternoon, during term-time.
Please download or call in for an application form.