Nursery

Our very popular nursery is situated within the school and welcomes applications from children from 3 to 4 years. Our nursery is bright, welcoming and spacious and our outdoor area has recently been renovated to create a stimulating and safe learning area.

We recognise that starting nursery is a significant milestone in not only your child's development, but also in your own lives as parents and carers. At Purley Oaks we will do our utmost to make you feel safe, happy and welcome. We ensure this by taking time to build a close relationship with the children in our care. Knowing your child well and working in close partnership with you, we are able to personalise their learning to ensure they reach their full potential.

To ensure we already know your child and they know us we arrange a home visit from our Nursery Teacher, Mrs Matthews, who is a highly experienced qualified early years teacher. She ensures that the nursery provision is carefully planned in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and meets the needs of each child.

We welcome the involvement of parents and carers by inviting you to join us for our weekly open teaching sessions, our weekly visits to the Learning Resource Centre (school library) and our termly craft sessions. We also hold parents evenings, provide a school report once a term and hold curriculum workshops to ensure you understand how you can support your child's learning. Every child also receives a Purley Oaks school planner and is assigned a key worker from the nursery team who provides them with ongoing one to one support, sets realistic targets and listens to them read each week.

In nursery, our learning is play based and follows the Early Years curriculum; children learn through play activities, songs and stories. By encouraging the children to choose where they want to play and learn we hope they will grow into confident and independent young children.

To view our nursery or to find out more information, please contact the school office: schooloffice@purleyoaks.croydon.sch.uk.

To apply for a place in our nursery please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page.


Nursery Times

Our nursery currently offers any, or all of the following sessions:

Breakfast Club: 7.30am until school starts (£5 per child per day)

Nursery morning session: 8.30am to 11.30am (3 hours)

Nursery afternoon session: 11.40am to 2.40pm (3 hours)

Nursery fulltime: 8.30am to 2.40pm (6 hours)

Fulltime children may bring either a packed lunch, or request a school dinner at an additional cost of £2.40 per day.

After School Club: 3.00pm until 6.30pm (bookable directly with Holiplay for £15.00 per child per day).

We have fulltime nursery places for those who are entitled to 30 hours funding, or those who only receive 15 hours of funding and wish to pay the additional 15 hours themselves (£19.50 a day).

From September 2017 the government will be funding an additional 15 hours free childcare a week, in addition to the current 15, for up to 38 weeks a year. Parents must meet a certain criteria. To find out if you are eligible please visit the Childcare Choices website.


Nursery Theme Days and Visitors

Our nursery is situated within the school, which enables us to offer our children a diverse and inclusive learning experience. The children stage their own Christmas production for parents and carers and regularly attend school Ethos Awards assemblies, as well as watching the Christmas Pantomime. They also take part in whole school activities such as: Art, Science, Book, Healthy School Week and the Summer Dance.

Nursery also schedule a number of theme days and school based workshops to help develop and inspire the childrens' learning such as:

  • Pirate day
  • World Book day
  • Royal ball
  • Teddy bears' picnic
  • 'Story hunt' workshop
  • Water day
  • Bubble day
  • Zoo Lab - meet a mini beast school based workshop

BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CHILDCARE

Breakfast Club

Our breakfast club opens from 7:30am until school starts and it provides children with a secure and happy environment to begin their day. Breakfast club costs £5.00 a day, which includes breakfast and supervision. Places must be booked and paid for in advance via our school app called Weduc.

The school also accepts childcare vouchers.

Children are taken to nursery by a member of the breakfast club team.           

After School Club - Holiplay

Holiplay are a local organisation who offer after school and holiday clubs across Croydon. Holiplay runs from 3.00pm until 6.30pm and includes supervision and light refreshment. Each session costs £15.00.

A member of Holiplay will collect your child from nursery at the end of the school day.


Learning Resource Centre

We have a fantastically resourced Learning Resource Centre that children visit every week with their class. If children want to borrow a book to read at home our LRC is open every Tuesday between 3.00pm and 4.00pm for children to visit with their parents and carers.


SCHOOL MEALS

We run our own in-house catering service offering a highly appealing and tasty choice of dinners in line with our commitment to being a Healthy School.  All children have a vegetarian or meat option (all our meat is Halal) as their main meal and a choice of homemade dessert or fruit.  We have a well-stocked salad bar and freshly baked bread every day. Our weekly school dinner menu is included in this pack for your information. Meals cost £2.40 a day.

Fulltime nursery children may bring a packed lunch, or request a school dinner at an additional cost of £2.40 per day. Nursery children eat their lunch in the nursery supervised by lunchtime supervisors.

Free school milk is also provided for children under the age of 5. Parents can choose to purchase milk for children over 5 by registering with Cool Milk: www.coolmilk.com.

Please be aware that we are a NUT FREE school.


Parent Testimonials

'I am very grateful for the warm reception and continued support my child has received from his class teacher and all other members of staff.'

'She loves it and even wants to come in the holidays. It’s so good.'

'Everyone is so friendly and helpful. There are great activities for my child. It has made them more confident and helped to build their friendships.'

'The staff are amazing. The way you have helped my daughter to improve and the work you have done with her.'


Ofsted's Comments

'Staff expect all pupils to work hard and be on their best behaviour at all times. Pupils rise to these expectations. They follow the school’s motto of ‘Pride in Excellence’.' - September 2019

'Parents are very pleased with the school. One called it ‘a hidden gem’ and said it was the first choice for their child.' - September 2019

'The early years team knows the children well. Staff find out what children already know and can do when they start. They use this information to plan activities that will help children the most. Children behave well in the early years. They play alongside each other happily. Parents are included in their child’s learning. The early years has an ‘open-door’ policy and invites parents to take part in lessons. Teachers also run workshops for parents so that they can help their children at home.' - September 2019

'The school fosters a love of reading. Each class uses the well-resourced school library regularly. Staff promote a wide range of books to entice pupils.' - September 2019

'Your communication with families in Nursery and Reception is exemplary. Parents are welcomed into the school every week to observe teaching, and learning logs are shared so that parents can support their child at home with ‘next steps’.' - September 2018

'Leaders place the care and welfare of pupils and their families at the heart of all they do. There is a clear determination to ensure that no pupil is ever held back by low expectations.' - September 2018


Appointments to View Nursery

Come and view our fantastic nursery and meet our amazing team at our open mornings for September 2023 admissions:

Tuesday 11th October 2022 at 9.30am

Thursday 13th October 2022 at 9.30am

You can register your interest by emailing us: schooloffice@purleyoaks.croydon.sch.uk.

To apply for a nursery place click here.

Nursery applications must be received before 1st May 2023.


Resources for Nursery Parents

In November nursery held a reading workshop. They have put together a presentation that provides the parents of nursery children with helpful ways to develop their interest in reading:

Nursery Reading Workshop