Category Archives: Nursery

Nursery ‘Stay and Play’

Nursery had an amazing ‘Stay and Play’ session! These popular sessions are well supported by parents/carers and family members. It is an opportunity to participate in planned activities, to develop friendships and to provide a safe and supportive environment for the children.



The children showed their family member around the nursery and made wonderful models as well as writing their name! The flower shop area is very popular and many flowers were sold!


It would not be ‘Stay and Play’ without an exciting ‘Forest School’ session! The children made wonderful bird feeders using pipe cleaners and Cheerios. Creativity was in abundance with families making ‘dream catchers’ to hang in our forest area.







Parental feedback is very important to us in order to continue to improve our sessions.

“I loved seeing all the children doing their morning routine, especially prayers and singing!”

“I love that the children are outdoors in all weathers, it was great fun making the bird feeders!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this stay and play session.” “I can see a huge difference in my child from the first session!”

“I personally would not change anything as the session seemed to cover all aspects of their day!”

“My child said it was nice to have me with him in Nursery!”

“This session was lovely, I wouldn’t change anything, just to have another session!”

A wonderful day was had by all! Here is to the next ‘Stay and Play’ session in the summer term!

Thank you to all parents for your time, valuable feedback and support.

Art Studio in Nursery

It is very important that Early Years practitioners continually evaluate the areas of learning in their setting. Children should have the opportunity to access the areas independently and creatively. It was recognised that the creative area in Nursery was well resourced and inviting, however the layout was not working as efficiently as it could. Miss…Read More

African topic in Nursery

This half term the Nursery topic is ‘Africa’. It is a topic close to Miss O’Connor’s heart following her visit to Rwanda a few years ago.     The children have been discussing African animals, looking at colours and patterns as well as creating the warmth and happiness of Africa through music and dance.  …Read More

Writing in Nursery

Writing has been a big focus in Nursery this half term! Before children are able to form letters, they need to learn how to make marks. These marks can be with their finger or pictures they have drawn or painted. They are working out how writing works, how to hold their pencil, what pressure to…Read More

Happy Christmas from Nursery

December has been a magical month in Nursery. The children learned about the first Christmas and how people celebrate Jesus’ birthday each year. They role played the Nativity in the home corner and made an Advent wreath to take home. As always Nursery put on their amazing Nativity Play. This years performance was called ‘A…Read More

Building Walls in Nursery

Nursery had a wonderful time this week building walls using wooden blocks and shaving foam. They donned safety hats and used trowels to add the ‘mortar’ to their bricks.   The children used spirit levels to check that their walls were straight and level.       We definitely have some prospective architects in Nursery!…Read More

A Creative Week in Nursery

It has been a wonderfully creative and energetic week in Nursery. We began the week by making ‘Halloween’ spiders. The children showed super spacial awareness when sticking on the spiders legs as well as good one to one correspondence in counting to 8. On Wednesday creativity was enhanced even further with independent water colour painting…Read More

Stay and Play in Nursery

The ‘Stay and Play’ sessions we provide here at St Columba’s are extremely popular and well supported. We aim to foster opportunities to enable the children, parents, carers and staff to be more sensitive to each others needs. We provide ideas, activities and opportunities that can be replicated in the home environment.    The children…Read More

Happy ‘Diwali’ from Nursery

It has been a very busy week in Nursery. We have had ‘Stay and Play’, ‘Italian Day’ and celebrated ‘Diwali.’   We value the role that festivals and celebrations play in supporting children’s learning and development in every area of learning. Miss O’Connor encourages families to help understand one another’s cultures and beliefs in a…Read More