Barley Close Community Primary School
Shine Discover Enjoy Care Achieve

Home Page Home Page

Nursery - Meerkat

Welcome to Meerkat Class


In Meerkat Class, we love to learn through play using adult led and child initiated experiences throughout each session. We have a large outside learning environment, which we use all through the year. We have a team of dedicated and experienced Nursery practitioners and our Nursery Class is led by two fully qualified teachers. Children aged three and four can use the Nursery Education Grant to access 15 hours of free Nursery education. From September 2017, there is also 30 hours of free childcare provision available for eligible parents/carers (not foster carers). For more details about the criteria please visit We are open during the school term and are also open during lunch time, where your child can stay for lunch and either have a packed lunch from home or a meal cooked in the school's kitchen.


Nursery staff   


Mrs S Sheppard (Teacher)

Mrs S Gleed (Teacher)

Mrs S Green (Nursery Practitioner)

Miss K Buckley (Nursery Practitioner )

Mrs D James (Nursery Practitioner & Early Years' Family Suport Worker)

Mrs L Dunn ( Nursery Practitioner)

Mrs K Lockwood (Nursery Practitioner)

Mrs N Tooker (Nursery Practitioner)



What does my child need to bring to Nursery each day? 


Your child will have a coat peg assigned to them each session where they can hang their named, waterproof coat. Please also supply a named, small bag containing a spare change of clothes, including underwear, just in case of any toileting accidents or if your child gets messy during exploratory play. We would also like you to send in some nappy bags in case we have to change your children's wet clothes. If your child wears nappies or pull-ups, please ensure you supply a small stock of nappies/pull ups and nappy sacks and wipes. We use the outside area all year round so please also provide a named pair of wellingtons, which can be stored in our outside boot store.


Meerkat Hours



From September 2017, we will no longer be accepting applications for children to start from two years of age. If you wish your child to come and join us from three years of age, please speak to the office and your child's name can be put on the waiting list so they can be ready to join us from three. If your child is already three or four, please contact the school office so we can arrange a starting date at one of our three intake points during the year which are September, January or Spring (around Easter). In addition to our core sessions, we offer also lunch time  extended provision, so your child can stay for lunch in the Nursery classroom and after school provision via the Barley Close Out of school club.


Morning session - 8.45 - 11.45 a.m.


Lunch time   11.45 - 12.30 a.m. (extended service provided) 


Afternoon session  12.30 - 3.30 p.m.


After school provision - Nursery children can attend our Barley Close Out of School Club (O.S.C) for those parents/carers requiring childcare up until 6.00 p.m. 


Please contact the school to find out about availability for any of the sessions listed above. 


A note from Mrs Gleed


I have been a Nursery teacher at Barley Close since 2009 and although I have previously taught in KS1 and 2; the Early Years are my favourite age group. I have gained specific qualifications in Early Years and hold a Masters in Education in addition to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).  I enjoy spending my spare time developing my creative skills and am currently attending art classes. I'm also a volunteer at a local rabbit sanctuary, where I just love having a cuddle with all the gorgeous bunnies! 



Ahoy! - a selection of pirate themed stories


This week the children have been enjoying a variety of pirate themed of activities from 'walking the plank' to build stability and strengthen core muscles; to developing counting skills with gold coins in a treasure chest and also pirate dancing, where they have been learning to copy actions and have been developing an ability to move rhythmically.


Next week we are moving onto another of the children's interests - space, with the story 'Whatever next!'

End of week 2


We have been asking children about their favourite stories and have chosen some of these as our books for story time.  The chiildren have been exploring percussion instruments and have been learning how to start and stop playing as well as playing with the dynamics loud and quiet. The children have been developing the muscles in their fingers through dough disco, which will help them develop the fine motor skills needed for writing.


Next week we will have a pirate theme following the children's interests. We have sent several letters home so please check your child' bag and return forms to Nursery when completed. 

First Week at Nursery


The children have made a fantastic start to their learning during their first week at Nursery. They have been exploring the environment and have been learning some of the routines at Nursery. The children have been getting to know each other and the staff.


Next week we will be introducing adult led activities with the children which will enable the staff to learn more about the children and their current stages of development in various areas. 


The whole team are available for any questions or queries you may have, so please do not hesitate to speak to any of the practitioners or the Nursery teachers if you have any questions. 



Please can you bring in a pair of named wellingtons for your child, we will be using the school grounds for activities and supplying a pair of boots will mean your child can fully access outdoor learning experiences.  


Thank you

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: