We are proud to be just one of two schools in South Gloucestershire with a Nursery 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 https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk. 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.
Mrs S Sheppard (Teacher)
Mrs S Gleed (Teacher)
Mrs S Green (Nursery Practitioner)
Miss K Buckley (Nursery Practitioner )
Mrs D James (Nursery Practitioner)
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.
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 curretnly attedning art classes. I'm also a volunteer at a local rabbit sanctuary, where I just love having a cuddle with all the gorgeous bunnies!