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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 O (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. 



Last week of term and farewell 


We finished off the term with a week focusing on dinosaurs - we have been moving like dinosaurs, singing songs about dinosaurs and have been counting dinosaurs. The children have also enjoyed further sessions on Write Dance and Smart Moves.


It is now time for me to say 'farewell' to the Nursery class, having taught in the Nursery for over 8 years. I am really going to miss the children and working with my team but I am looking forward to moving to Panda Class and teaching Reception and working with Mrs Lines and Miss Mitchell and Miss Rowley and the other support in Reception. I will have lots of happy memories from my time in Meerkat Class and hope to see the Nursery children in the outside area. smiley


The whole team would like to wish everyone a very happy half term break. We have an INSET day on Monday 30th October  so Mrs O, the new Nursery teacher and the rest of the team will see you on Tuesday 31st October.



Stories about going to bed and learning about day and night


The children really enjoyed the two visits from Geri from Debutots this week. They were still looking for Lottie the leaf on Friday! Thank you Geri. smiley


We enjoyed our nature walk around the school grounds and the children explored the natural materials they found; describing their textures and beginning to sort them according to colour and size. They made a collage and different arrangements with the resources and we looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration.


They enjoyed helping to make the pizza oven on Tuesday and some of the chlidren tried a pizza cooked on it on Friday afternoon.


We also did Write Dance this week, a programme which develops skills for writing so it has been a busy week.


It was great to see some of the Nursery children enjoying the school disco. We hope you all have a good weekend in readiness for our final week at school before the half term break.  

Nature walk w.c. 9th October


We will be going on a walk around the school grounds over the course of the coming week to collect natural materials to sort and measure and explore their textures before using them to create a piece of art, making a large collage.  If you are out any about over the weekend and find any colourful leaves or interesting sticks or conkers or pine cones, we would be grateful for any contributions. Please bring them to Nursery and five them to a member of staff.


Thank you.

Debutots in Meerkat Class


We are delighted that Geri McKenna from Debutots will be coming to run two interactive story telling sessions for Meerkat Class on Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th October. She has previously held sessions for us and the children had such a wonderful time that we wanted to provide our class with another opportunity to develop their language and imagination as they take take part in her story telling activities.

Elmer stories


This week we have been exploring colour and considering similarities and differences with the stories of Elmer, the patchwork elephant. We have been exploring what happens when we mix different colours together  and have been thinking about what things are similar between us and what are different.  We have been learning how to carry out the correct number of actions to match the the numeral shown on a die. We have also been doing whole class physical activities with hall P.E. time on a Wednesday morning and Smart Moves on Friday afternoon.  


Next week our stories will be  about going to bed and we will also be finding out about day and night with non fiction books. 



Whatever next!


This week, Meerkat class  has been exploring a space theme with the story 'Whatever Next.' The children have been  developing their counting skills and number recognition with a 'Build a rocket' board game and number songs including 'Five little men in a flying saucer.' The children have really enjoyed creating their own space rocket using recyclable materials.  


Next week we will move on to another of the children's interests -  Elmer, the colourful elephant.    

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
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