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Welcome to Nansloe Nursery!


Welcome to Nansloe Nursery's webpage, here you will be able to find all the latest letters, information and pictures.


Nursery Team

Mrs Bayliss, Nursery Leader
Mrs Stedman, Teaching Assistant
Miss Foster, Teaching Assistant

Nansloe Nursery Sessions and Funding


Nursery Sessions


At Nansloe Nursery we offer three options of Pre-School provision:- 

- Morning Sessions - 9am to 12pm

- Afternoon Sessions - 12pm to 3pm 

- All Day Sessions - 9am to 3pm (Children will need a packed lunch)


Nursery Funding 


Parents may use their 15 hours universal funding for 3-4 year olds, or their 30 hours extended funding (with a valid eligibility code) - all that is required is the completion of an EY2C funding form.


Alternatively parents may pay for their sessions, or do a pick and mix of funding and payment.  Each session is charged at £12 (£24 for the day).


Nursery places are limited to 24 children per session, Please contact the school office to register your interest. If your child already attends Nansloe Nursery and you would like to increase your child's sessions, please speak with the Nursery Team.


Nursery Visits 


If you are looking for a Nursery setting for your child, why not come and have a look and play!  Nursery tours are available for prospective parents and their child(ren); please contact the school office on 01326 572966 or email 

We look forward to welcoming you!

Our Nursery

Letters to Parents

Home Learning Area

This area has been created to support your child's learning from home. Below you will find activities and useful educational links, to bring the classroom into your home!


Parents will be able to contact Mrs Bayliss via email, she will be replying to her emails daily (Monday to Friday).

Please make sure you include your child's name in the email, so that we can reply as quickly as possible. 


Email - 


If you are having issues accessing any online documents, please email - 

Mr Burge will try to get any issues sorted for you.


I can do it!

The following are some suggestions of things you can practice at home to give your child the confidence to say 'I can do it!' in readiness for school.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding ideas and activities to encourage your child's independence in the following areas.

(Children develop at their own rates, and in their own ways. Please do not worry if there are some things your child finds difficult as they will be helped and supported as needed.)


Self-care and Independence 

  • I can dress/undress myself  (this will help them change for PE.)
  • I can put on and fasten my coat and shoes.
  • I can use the toilet independently and wash and dry my hands.
  • I can wipe my nose.


Eating and Drinking

  • I can use a knife, fork and spoon.
  • I can open my lunchbox, wrappers and packaging.


Speaking and Listening

  • I can talk about my ideas, needs and feelings.
  • I can ask a grown-up for help.
  • I can listen and follow directions.

Playing with others

  • I can join in games and activities with others.
  • I can share and take turns.


Reading and Writing

  • I can recognise/read my name.
  • I can hold a pencil near the point between my thumb and first two fingers.
  • I am learning to write my name.
  • I enjoy listening to stories and rhymes.



  • I can recite numbers in order to 10.
  • I can count objects by saying one number name for each item.
  • I can recognise some numbers.
  • I like singing number rhymes and songs.




Friday 10th July


Good Morning Nursery!

I hope you are all keeping well. We have missed you.

We would like to give you the opportunity to call into Nursery next week.

Details will be sent out with your child's report today. 

Have a lovely weekend.


Love from

Mrs Bayliss


Jigsaw puzzles

Puzzles are great for helping your child to learn about shape and size. They give children opportunity to develop perseverence. Picking up, moving and twisting the pieces of a puzzle helps to develop finger strength, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.



Matching Picture Cards (You could use snap cards)

1. Ensure your set of cards contains all matching pairs.

2. Shuffle and spread the cards out on a flat surface, face down.

The more cards the more challenging the game so start with 3-4 pairs and increase from there.

3. Take it in turns to turn over any two cards. If they match you keep them and get to take another turn. If they do not match, the cards are returned to their original position.

4.  The winner is the player who has matched the most pairs.

Success relies upon children remembering where they have seen each picture in previous turns - both theirs and those of the other player.


What's Missing?

1. Place a number of household items onto a tray e.g. cup, spoon, alarm clock, scissors, toothbrush etc.

The more items, the more challenging the game so start with 3-4 items and increase from there.

2. Tell your child to have a close look at the items on the tray. Name them together and discuss what the items are used for.

3. Cover the items with a tea towel. Ask your child to close their eyes and as they do remove one item from under the cloth.

4. Ask them to open their eyes, remove the tea towel and tell you what's missing!

5. Return the item and repeat removing another item.


The Magic Cup Game

1. Place three identical plastic cups in a line on the table, rim down.

2. Place a pom pom/small ball under one cup, allowing your child to see which cup the pom pom is under.

3. Shuffle the cups around by sliding them across the table, switching their positions quickly back and forth and all around.

4. Once you have stopped moving the cups ask your child to identify which cup the ball is now under.


Draw a shape on my back

This game requires your child to transfer a physical sensation to a mental picture to identify.

1. Using your index finger draw a shape on your child's back or draw lines or dots. 

Can they identify the shape or count how many lines or dots drawn on their back?

2. Switch positions and take turns drawing and guessing.




Snakes and Ladders





Paint with water using brushes or squeezy bottles on a fence, patio or wall.

Draw with sticks in damp sand or mud.


Mix table salt with glitter in a shallow tray - Place flash cards of letters from your child's name next to the tray. Have a go at writing the letter shapes in the salt with your index finger, brush or cotton bud. 

Try writing numerals too.


Draw with fingers in a tray of flour or shaving foam.


Pencil Control

Children will be at different stages with their pencil grip. It is important not to force your child to develop a correct pencil grasp before they are ready. The 'Getting Ready to Write' activities listed below give suggestions to encourage hand and finger muscle development and dexterity to aid a good pencil grip.

With gentle encouragement children will eventually develop a three-fingered tripod pencil grip by placing a pencil between the thumb and index finger with the pencil supported on the middle finger, while the ring and little finger gently curl into the palm. 


Give lots of opportunities to help your child learn pencil control.




Opportunities for pretend writing e.g. making a shopping list.


I can read my name!

At nursery we have opportunities to learn our name through self registration, carpet time mats, table places at snack time, 

Give opportunities for your child to read their name at home.


Make a bedroom door hanger.


Make name labels to be used as place settings at the dinner table.


Play the pairs name game.

What you need:

Pieces of card approx 10cm by 7cm

Marker pen


What to do:

Write two sets of the letters contained in your child's name on the pieces of card. Use a capital letter for their first letter.

Place the letters face down. 

Take it in turns to turn over two cards, saying the letter sound on the card as you do.

If the cards match you keep them. If they do not, return them face down.

Play continues until all the cards are in a matching pair.


Use the cards to make your child's name by placing them in the correct order.





 Mathematics - Numbers


Number recognition - Numerals 0-10. Spot numbers everywhere - clocks, watches, car registrations, story book pages, front doors, remote controls, phones, weighing scales.


Number Hunt - Write numerals 0-10 on pieces of card and hide around the house. Encourage your child to look for them and call out the number when found.

When all the numbers are found support your child to place them in numerical order.


Number games - number snap, snakes and ladders, dominoes, number bingo.


Number Spray - Write numerals 0-10 in chalk on the pavement. Using a water spray bottle encourage your child to identify and erase a given number by spraying water onto it.


Matching Numbers and Dots - You will need 12 paper plates. On six of them write 1-6. On the other six, mark dots as seen on a dice. Place the numbered plates in a row. Pick up a dotty plate, count the dots and match to the corresponding number plate. 


Counting songs and Rhymes - 1,2,3,4,5, Once I caught a fish alive. Three little monkeys jumping on the bed. Ten fat sausages sizzling in a pan. Five little men in a flying saucer.

Go to YouTube for one of our favourites - Singing Hands - Five Little Fireman - Makaton Sign Language


Number names - On individual cards write the name of your child and the names of other family members. Count the letters in each name.


Table settings -  Set the table for dinner. How many chairs, plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons will you need?


Space Rocket Countdown - Countdown from 10, 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, Blast Off!


One To One Correspondence - Take the contents out of a bag of potatoes or carrots etc. and place in a row counting each one as you do. Ask your child to place a finger on each one and count them along the row. Touch is important for understanding.



1. Count the number of stairs as you go to bed.

2. Slice a banana and count the slices.

3. Peel an orange and count the segments.

4. Remove biscuits from their wrapper and count each biscuit as they are placed into the biscuit tin.





Getting Ready to Write

Activities to develop hand and finger muscles



Paper clips - How many paper clips can you join together?


Threading - Thread string or wool in and out of holes punched into a piece of card.


 Thread cheerios onto spaghetti sticks.


Turn a colander upside down. Thread spaghetti sticks through the holes.


Spaghetti numbers - using cooked spaghetti strands form numbers 0-10.


Scissor skills - Fringing: Make small snips around the edge of a piece of paper

(Encourage a thumb on top scissor hold.)


 Paper chains - Place an A4 piece of paper in a landscape position and  draw vertical lines approximately 2cm apart. Cut along the lines to make strips of paper. Make a strip of paper into a ring and glue it together. Slide another strip of paper through the ring and glue it into a ring. Repeat until you have a long chain.


Zips - Practice fastening and pulling up your zip on your coat or jacket.


Bubble wrap - How many bubbles can you pop?


Nuts and bolts - Pinch, twist and turn your index finger and thumb to screw the nuts onto the bolts.


Pasta Patterns - On a large piece of paper draw straight, zigzag and curvy lines from left to right. Trace the lines with your index finger. Place pasta pieces on the lines to make a pattern, or dip your finger into paint and print dots along the lines.


Jolly Phonics

Visit  Jolly Songs A-Z Jolly Songs - YouTube

 Great for letter 'sound' pronunciation. Each sound has a corresponding action.





Natural Shapes

What you need:


A selection of natural materials including leaves, twigs, petals, stones etc


What to do:

1. On the pavement/patio draw a selection of shapes - square, circle, triangle, rectangle, diamond, star, oval, semicircle, crescent, heart.

2. Encourage your child to use the natural materials to place on the chalk outlines.

Talk about the shapes they have made.

What are the shapes called?

Do they have straight or curved sides.

Can you find shapes in your home/garden/out and about?

Go on a shape hunt. What shape is the window, letter box, floor tile, clock etc.


A shape display

What you need:

A large white sheet of paper


Clear sticky back plastic

A selection of natural materials


What to do:

1. On the white sheet draw a selection of shapes.

2.Carefully take the backing paper off the sticky back paper and place it sticky side upwards on top of the shape paper.

3. Encourage your child to use the natural materials to place on the sticky paper over the top of the shape outlines.

4. At the end of the activity it is possible to stick the sheet to a window to preserve your nature shapes and to provide a window display.


Marble Painting

What you need:

A deep sided container (baking tray,shoe box)

Paint (several colours)

Yoghurt pots or similar





What to do:

1. Line the container with paper.

2. Put paint into the yoghurt pots.

3. Drop the marbles into the paint.

4. Transfer the paint covered marbles to the container.

5. Hold the container and manipulate with your hands to make the marbles move across the paper leaving a paint trail.

6. Repeat stages 3-5.

7. Remove the paper and replace it for another go.



In readiness for learning to read you can help your child to understand that all words/print have some meaning. Help them to recognise familiar words and signs such as their own name and advertising logos. Point out words on food packets and street signs as well as the numbers and letters on car registrations.


Continue to share stories.

Visit  Home Time for Little Ones for fun stories and activities.



Cloud dough

What you need:

A big mixing bowl

Measuring cup

Eight cups of plain flour

One cup vegetable or baby oil

Cake moulds, bun tins, paper cake cases


What to do:

  1. Help your child to measure eight cups of flour into a big bowl.
  2. Make a crater in the middle of the flour and add one cup of oil.
  3. Mix it thoroughly by hand until the dough holds together when squeezed. Add a little more oil or flour until you're happy with the consistency. The mix should be soft and easy to mould, but not too wet or oily. 
  4. This dough will hold together when pressed, but falls apart again like damp sand when you let go - it does not need water.
  5. Experiment with the dough. Make 'dough pies' with all sorts of moulds.
  6. Use the cases and tins to make pretend cakes, and decorate these with buttons, beads or glitter.
  7. Roll out the dough and make handprints or impressions using small objects e.g. lego bricks.

(Store in a sealed container)


Pavement Painting

What you need:

Coloured chalks





What to do:

  1. Draw large numbers 1-10 on the pavement with the chalk.
  2. Encourage your child to paint over them with the water and paint brush.
  3. Write your child's name on the pavement.
  4. Encourage your child to paint over the letters with the water and paint brush.
  5. Encourage your child to draw or write their name and numbers with the chalk.
  6. Can you make a number line from 0-10 with chalk?


Leaf Play

What you need:

A wide selection of leaves of different shapes, colours and sizes.

A hole punch



What to do:

  1. Using the hole punch make holes through the leaves
  2. Encourage your child to thread the leaves onto the string.


To explore the concept of size use mathematical language about size - big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller, smallest

e.g. Can you find a big leaf and thread it on the string?  Can you find a smaller leaf?  Which leaf is the biggest/smallest?


Hang your leaf bunting on a fence


Nature Crowns

What you need:

Long strips of card

Double sided sticky tape



What to do:

  1. Stick a strip of double sided tape to the card strip and fit to your child's head and staple to make a fitted crown which is sticky on the outside.
  2. Encourage your child to explore their outdoor environment or go for a walk and collect natural objects as you go. Each time they find something they can stick it to their crown to create a nature crown.

    ( Try making a colour crown, looking for natural objects that are all the same colour or try making a rainbow of natural materials on your crown.)




 Investigate minibeasts.

Make a bug collector in a plastic container. Line it with soil, leaves, sticks, stones, grass and a plastic lid full of water. Look in your garden for spiders, beetles, ladybirds, worms, snails, slugs, ants and woodlice. Be careful and kind as you collect the minibeasts and place them in your bug collector. Look carefully at the creatures you have found, naming them, counting legs, wings and eyes, naming colours and movements. Talk about where different minibeasts live, what they eat and how they move. Don't forget to take them back to where you found them and let them go on the same day.

Record what you find by drawing the minibeasts, take some photos, make picture lists or sets of minibeasts with six legs, eight legs, wings, eyes on stalks etc.




Maybe you would like to have a go at making your own.

Basic dough recipe

3 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

1 tbsp veg oil



1. Mix the flour and  salt in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the water and oil.

3. Stir together.

4. Knead the playdough with your hands until of appropriate consistency.

(You may need to add a little extra water or flour)

Store in an air tight container.


Playing with playdough will help children develop the muscles in their hands and fingers. By rolling, squeezing, squashing, poking, pinching and flattening the dough children will gain strength and improve dexterity. This is an important area of physical development needed to help children in getting ready to write.

Look on 'the imagination tree' website for fun things to do with playdough and the benefits of playing with it.

It's messy but absorbing. I suggest putting something on the floor to protect the area, and have a dustpan and brush at the ready!

Have fun!




At nursery we love to watch and join in with the animated singalongs at Barefoot Books UK Singalongs - You Tube. The lively animations, simple lyrics and catchy tunes are a great way to develop reading, listening and singing skills. Some of our favourites are The Farmyard Jamboree, Driving My Tractor, Port Side Pirates, The Animal Boogie, Up, Up, Up!, The Shape Song, The Wheels on the Bus and The Journey Home from Grandpa's.   


I would also like to draw your attention to BBC's Tiny Happy People.

On this website ( you will find a collection of activities to support  language and development. Language is the building block of all learning. Without language skills, it is harder for children to learn how to read, write and use numbers. You will find activities to keep your child entertained and have fun while you help them to develop their communication skills.



Take a look at some of the fun things we've been doing at home.

You will find websites below offering simple activities and play ideas should you wish to take a look.

Oxford Owl for home

Kid's activities

Ages 3-4/4-5

CBeebies - Numberblocks

Phonics Play

Phase one

(Phonics Play needs Flash Player this won't work on iPads)

CBeebies Radio

Listening activities for younger ones.

Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones.

The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest


We love reading!

As well as being something the children really enjoy, looking at books and reading stories together will help their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech.