Our new termly curriculum overviews are now available to look at on the curriculum page of our website. Have a look to see what the children will be finding out about exciting explorers this term!
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Welcome to our Nursery at Clarendon Infants' School.


Hello everyone!

If you are looking for general information about starting a nursery or what Clarendon Nursery can offer you, please scroll down the page for further information!


Hello 2022! Term 3 is full of opportunities!

This term our school theme is 'Exciting Explorers' and in nursery we will be following this in a variety of ways, as ever, following the children's own interests and building on their experiences. 

Building on last terms learning, we will continue to 'go round the world' but this time with our explorers hats on! To match the season, many of our adventurers will have a 'snow' theme and we will be using familiar stories to simulate our explorations. In addition, we will explore concepts as well as places, such as hot and cold or forces needed to move sledges. We celebrated many special times last term, but there are more coming up this term, such as Chinese New Year where we will take the opportunity to explore different foods. Just within our playground, there will be so many things to explore - what happens during the Winter season, where shapes and numbers are hiding and what can we build with all these empty boxes!!

More formal phonics sessions also start this term - please see the phonics star below for more details. 

Our 'weekly words' and songs are working well and I know from what the children are telling us, that you are joining in at home - it makes such a difference to your child's learning and confidence. The discussion theme that we added last term has also had a significant impact as the children are more able to add to our classroom discussions. Keep looking on the weekly 'words of the week' bubble.

There is an over view saved in the star below called 'Curriculum maps'. 

Please fell free to contact me via the nursery email:

however, if the matter is important please see a member of the nursery staff either at drop off or collection time. 

Don't forget! If your child is due to start reception in September 2022, apply for a place at your chosen school now, if you have not done so already.

Looking forward to continuing the learning journey together!

The Nursery Team

General Information about Clarendon Nursery

We are a 26 place Nursery, open from 8.50am to 11:50am. Clarendon Nursery welcomes children in the term after their third birthday and is situated at the bottom of the school playground. Our Nursery teacher is Mrs Riordan and Mrs Wallis and Mrs Matthews are our teaching assistants.

The Nursery provides a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment and follows EYFS Development Matters statements as a starting point for our learning. Outside, Clarendon Nursery has a large fully enclosed outdoor area with lots of exciting play equipment and activities. In Nursery, we learn through purposeful play and exploration. We plan a range of play activities to help our children progress in each of the areas of learning and development. When the time comes, we have a seamless transition into reception as the teachers from reception spend time in the nursery, Mrs. Riordan in her role as SENCo is in the main school in the afternoons and the children have had lots of experience of visiting the main school as part of their learning.

Come and visit us for a better picture of what we can offer your child! A registration form can be found on the web page, drop down the menu under the ‘parents’ section and at the bottom there is a link to the registration form. You can also collect them from the school reception desk. At this point you will be advised if there are places available or your details will be kept on a waiting list and we will contact you as soon as one becomes available or when your child is the correct age.

The Government guide below may also help you in your choice of provision for your child.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Mrs. Riordan and the Nursery Team

Bedtime Stories

Nursery 'Book at Bedtime' was developed to support children at home, as there is a strong link between the number of books children experience and long term life expectations. The stories at the bottom were designed to be listened to, along with the book borrowed from nursery, however, you can listen to them and imagine the pictures, or you may have your own copies at home you can use. The new stories at the top of the list are now designed to listen to without the book - a 'told' story rather than one supported with the book or props. This is an area of learning we focus on during the year.

Either way, listen and enjoy and Good Night, sleep well!

The Very Lazy Ladybird by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle

The ladybird is SO lazy she cannot fly. She finds different ways to move around and by the end, has to fly! Listen to the story and find out why!

One mole digging a hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

A fantastic story for this week - links to the mystery in Mrs. Riordan's garden and our phonics!

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle

Caterpillar is eating when he is disturbed by various mini beasts. He watches them fly and wishes he could do the same... perhaps one day he will!

Walking through the jungle by Julie Lacome

Go exploring to see what you can see in the jungle! Can you move like the different animals?

Where's my Teddy? by Jez Alborough

A story about a small boy looking for his small teddy, who meets a big bear looking for his big teddy!

Balloon by Jez Alborough

This story is by the same person who wrote 'Hug' which we enjoyed earlier in the year in nursery. This story has lots of words to describe what is happening as a boy walks in the park and buys a balloon to play with. It blows away and he and his dog try to catch it - with help from lots of other animals!

Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin and Eric Carle

This story was one of our focus books this year. It is full of repeating phrases that make it easy to join in with.

Hello, Goodbye by David Lloyd and Louise Voce

One of our favourites in nursery and a fun way to practice voices - part of our learning for phonics!

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

A story about a walk around the farm, lots of words to describe positions.