There are over 500 Local Authority maintained Nursery Schools in England. However, Highfield is the only purpose built Local Authority maintained Nursery School in Suffolk. We are proud that Highfield has been deemed outstanding by OFSTED in the last two inspections. The nursery school was originally built in 1970 and has provided early years education in the local community since then. Many of our pupil’s parents and carers have attended Highfield themselves in the past! We also welcome many new families.
Highfield Nursery School has no catchment area and all children are welcome. We now take children from the term after they are three and we can in exceptional circumstances take children in the term in which they turn three if they are already in receipt of Local Authority funding. Please ask if you are in receipt of benefits, and thus may be eligible for this early funding.
In the Nursery School we have part-time places for 104 children aged 3-4 years, which enables them to attend either Mornings – 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday, Afternoons – 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, Early Block – Monday 9am to 4pm, Tuesday 9am to 4pm & Wednesday 9am to 12pm or Late Block – Wednesday 1pm to 4pm, Thursday 9am to 4pm & Friday 9am to 4pm.
Most children have spent three terms at Highfield Nursery before going on to their reception classes at primary school, but occasionally we are able to offer four or even five full terms. The school’s admission policy has been drawn up in line with the Local Authority guidelines. A copy of the policy can be obtained from the office manager.
Learning Journey’s at Highfield.
Our Learning Journeys are used to document the ‘wow’ moments at nursery and as an assessment document, to pass on to your child’s reception teacher when they leave Highfield. You will receive this back from your reception teacher at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
You will see a termly ‘seven-box grid’ documenting where your child is currently achieving in relation to the EYFS document Development Matters. The seven areas we will report on are:
* Personal, Social and Emotional Development
* Physical Development
* Communication and Language
* Understanding the World
* Expressive Art and Design
We will also give a broad age related achievement, for example 22-36 months, 30-50 months or 40-60+ months. This relates to expected achievement for these age ranges in Development Matters.
You will find your child’s learning journey on the shelf in each classroom. They are available for you to look at and take home to share with your family at any time. Our child’s class teacher will also share the Learning Journey with you after each seven box grid in completed. Don’t forget, however that you can discuss your child’s progress at any time throughout the year with your child’s teacher and key person.
At Highfield, we have made the decision to continue with traditional paper Learning Journeys, rather than switching to electronic learning journeys. We would prefer our practitioners to spend as much time as possible interacting, exploring and modelling play with your child. We understand the vital importance of developing a close relationship with your child and spending quality time engaged in child led, purposeful and meaningful play.