New Starters

Nursery New Starters 2021-2022

Welcome to 4D's blog! – 4D 2018-19

Teacher: Mrs. Gall

Teaching Assistant: Mrs. Jones

Thank you for choosing our school for your child and coming to look at our page.  This page contains information which will give you a good idea about what your child's Nursery transition will look like.  Hopefully this will answer any questions that you have about your child starting Nursery but if not please contact the school office where we should be able to help you further.  


Children can start Nursery as soon as they turn 3 years of age; we usually offer start dates from the Monday after their 3rd birthday.  Make sure you apply for Nursery early so that you can get the place that you want.  If you wish for your child to access 30 hour provision please make office staff aware as these places usually fill up quickly.  30 hour funding can be accessed the term after they have their 3rd birthday but if you need full time sessions before then, wrap around sessions are available.

Application forms can be filled in at the school office and we ask that you bring your child's brith certificate along with you so that your application can be processed quickly.  Application forms and information about 30 hour provision can also be downloaded from the admission arrangements page on the key information tab.

Home visits

Usually before your child starts Nursery we would offer a home visit where we could meet yourselves and your child and find out more information about them.  We also usually offer the chance to visit Nursery or take a tour of school so that you can see what our setting is like.  However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer these at the moment.  Once we regain normality we will be able to inform you of plans for your child starting Nursery.  We are currently offering stay and play sessions after school before your child starts.

The first few weeks...

We believe that the first few weeks in Nursery are vital to establishing a positive relationship with school life.  We work closely with parents to ensure that your child is happy and settled.  We recognise that you are your child's first educator and you know your child best so we will use your knowledge to get to know your child's interests and strengths.

What to expect

There are some documents below for you to download with information and photos to help you support your child with their transition into Nursery.  You could look at the photos together so that they get an idea of the staff in Nursery and what the classroom is like.  The information sheet will give you an idea of what to expect when your child starts Nursery and what we expect from you in return to ensure a positive and nurturing home school relationship.

There is also information about speech and language and key skills that are typical for 3 year olds.  These will give you a good idea about what you could be working on with your child before they start Nursery to give them the best start possible.  Remember all children develop at different rates and achieve new skills at different times - these are guidelines to give you ideas on how to support your child at home and what you should expect at this age.  If you have any concerns about any area of your child's development, please mention it to a member of staff, or contact your child's health visitor.

Our expectations

Most children are ready for toilet training around the age of 3.  We encourage all parents to ensure that their child is toilet trained before starting Nursery unless there is a medical or developmental issue preventing this.  Through having to change nappies throughout the session, this takes time away spent from teaching and learning.  We ask that parents use the time before their child starts Nursery to work on toilet training with their child if they are not already trained.  We understand that accidents happen and that children aged 3 and 4 are not dry all of the time and we will happily change any children that need it.  See below for advice on toilet training and watch this video to gain an understanding of when to start toilet training.

It is advised that children should stop using dummies and bottles at 12 months.  Continued use after this time can cause a child to have a relience on these.  There are also issues with speech development, growing teeth formation and tooth decay.  We advise parents to encourage their children to stop using a dummy and bottle when they start Nursery.  Please see below for advice on how to get rid of the dummy.  

Applying for a school place

You can apply for a school place the year before your child turns 5 (application deadlines tend to be in January).  For example if your child is 5 in the 2022-2023 academic year you would have to apply for a school place by January 2022.  If you wish for your child to attend St Oswalds then you will have to apply for a school place though the Sefton Council website as well as filling out a Church School application form (a blue form which is handed into the office).  Please see the admissions arrangements page on the key information tab for more information on applying for a school place.

Files to Download

Student Login

Department for Education and Skills-School Achievement Award Logo
Arts Council Artsmark Gold Award
Church and School artnership Award Two
Children's University Logo
Healthy School Logo
Naace ICT Mark Accredited
British council International School award
British Council International School Award
UNICEF Rights Respecting School
School Games Award 2017-2018
Sure Start
Magic Breakfast Fuel for Learning
Internation School Award-2019-2022
Food Hygiene Rating Five
Arts Council England-Working Towards Artsmark

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