Early Years

Nursery and Early Years at Rosewood

We currently have 3 classes in the Early Years Department. There are 2 Nursery classes (Bumblebees and Butterflies) and 1 Early Years Class (Ladybirds). Children can start part-time in the Nursery once they are 2 years old, and usually transfer to full time attendance in Early Years by the time they are in year R.

Children’s wellbeing is paramount, so from our highly skilled and experienced Early Years team, each child is paired with a Key Person. Their role is to help your child settle into school and give you a named person to chat to. Families are encouraged to attend with their child on their first school sessions as we value working in close partnership, gaining from your expertise in your child and their needs. We have an open door policy for families, who are welcome to come and join us for sessions even once their child is well settled. We keep in daily contact either by chatting with families who bring their child into school, or through phonecalls home and the Home-School books for families who make use of transport.

We follow all the principles of the national Early Years Foundation Stage, so children are learning in a playful and enriching environment. We make regular use of our lovely outside area and also bring a wide variety of experiences into school for our children to encounter.  For example, we may listen to music from all over the world, experience a beach with sand, shells, water and ice cream, move in swings, spinning dishes and rocking cradles and engage in all sorts of messy play. We have a well-resourced multisensory room and a wide range of toys which children can activate independently using switches, helping them to gain increasing control.

Developing the communication skills of children is a priority for us, and the high staff ratio enables us to make the most of every interaction, taking time to observe and respond to each child. Our Speech and Language therapist is involved in developing our communication assessment and curriculum, and in devising individual lunchtime protocols for children, to support the development of their eating and drinking skills. Meal times are important and children follow carefully designed programmes to support the development of their eating and drinking skills in school. For those learners who are currently non-oral special programmes are devised to ensure oral health and comfort.

We know how important movement is to learning, and we work closely with the physiotherapists and occupational therapist based in school to incorporate physical opportunities and challenges throughout a child’s day. The therapy team also ensure that each child has access to appropriate seating, standing and mobility equipment to maximize their access to learning. We have a hydro pool on site so children are able to swim regularly, and some of the older children in Early Years also have the opportunity to experience Rebound therapy on our trampoline.

Children are assessed using the school’s own ImPACTs document, which helps us identify very closely the abilities of each child, and enables us to support their learning journey. All assessments are completed as part of a multi-disciplinary approach ensuring your child’s therapeutic, medical and learning needs are met seamlessly throughout the school day.

We have a Nursing team on site, and as a school are able to support learners who have a wide range of medical conditions including epilepsy, Oxygen dependency (including ventilation), PEG feeding and tracheostomy care, as well as administering any medications that are needed during the school day.

We are able to accept pupils from 2 years of age. Please do contact the school (on 023 80571050) if you would like to talk with us about the possibility of your child joining the Nursery or Early Years class here. We would love to show you around and talk with you about your child’s individual needs, and to support you as you make a decision about the right place for your child to start their school days.

We also run a Sensory Stay and Play session on Monday afternoons for children from 0-3 years old. Please see the Stay and Play section on the website for more information about this group.