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Welcome to Nursery's Parent and Pupil Page


The Teachers and Support Staff in Nursery are:

Downshall Nursery is made up of the following sessions:

Morning class runs from 9.00am – 12.00pm

Afternoon class runs from 12:30 – 3:30pm. 

All day session from 9.00am -3.30pm (packed lunch to be provided from home)

Ms Finch teaches the morning class and Ms Ghulam teaches the afternoon class.

Ms Finch enjoys singing, dancing and playing in the garden. Ms Ghulam loves to draw and paint!

The teachers are supported by Ms Chatha and Ms Kaur, who work both in the morning and in the afternoon. Ms Chatha likes dancing and Ms Kaur loves drawing and colouring.

Ms Finch & Ms Ghulam work closely together to plan the activities for the children. These activities include those that the children access themselves and those in which an adult directs them.  Whether the children attend in the morning or in the afternoon, they have the same opportunities for learning!


Our Nursery curriculum is based on the following principles:

  • We work within a skills curriculum which is based on a structured, creative, imaginative learning scheme (Developement Matters).
  • Although all children follow similiar patterns of development, every child is unique.
  • Early childhood education should be based on all aspects of a child's development, i.e. emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and oral and that all these aspects are of equal importance.
  • Nursery Pupils learn from all their experience and do not seperate their learning into subjects.  Children learn best by doing what children can do, not what they cannot do, this is the best starting point in their learning.
  • All children have abilities and talets that should be nutured.  Children need to feel safe and secure in their environment in order to learn effectively.
  • Parents and teachers need to work together for the children to benefit fully.
  • Children who have confidence in themselves and their abilities have a head start in learning.
  • The Nursery and parents should work together to help the pupils become increasingly independent.
  • Pupils should learn how to ask questions, share thoughs and opinions and talk about their learning.
  • Children should be encouraged to show a thoughtful and caring attitude towards others and to develop self - discipline.
  • Children need to feel that those closest to them value their efforts.
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