Welcome to Ducklings
Mrs Butterworth (Foundation Lead Teacher)
Mrs Arnold &
All work in Ducklings.
Children start in our fabulous nursery from 2 years 9 months.
We will enable our children to achieve their full potential and become caring, confident individuals who positively contribute to their world
We believe that all children entering our Early Years provision should receive a wide ranging curriculum with good breadth, balance and relevance and differentiated to meet the individual needs of the children. We believe learning should always be motivating and stimulating, generate success, confidence and security. We believe that our links with home should be well prepared to allow for the children’s previous experience and interests to influence the planning of our curriculum and so that our relationship with parents can flourish. We believe in equal opportunities for all children and our entry procedure and Early Years practice reflects this.
Ducklings Nursery class will:
- Provide outstanding care in a purpose built environment
- Work in unity with home to help children develop and learn.
- Meet the needs of children as unique individuals.
Funding, Session Times and Costs
The term after the child's 3rd birthday they are eligible for 5 x (3 Hour) FREE sessions per week funded by the Government. You are welcome to select the sessions you require for your child at Greenfield Academy . Extra sessions are available on a first come first served basis.
At present we are unable to accept 30 hour funding.
We are also delighted to offer your child ‘Duck Club’ to cover lunchtimes including a delicious, nutritious hot school lunch.
Sessions Costs – Additional Hours
£13.50 a session (3 hrs)
£4.50 an hour
Duck Club -
£4.50 (Including a hot meal)
If you would like additional sessions please ask for a form. We will always do our very best to help you.
Please refer to the school website for a menu.
The menu changes regularly in keeping with the season’s fresh produce.
We have an annual intake every September.
We have been asked to make it clear that any places offered in Ducklings Nursery Class i.e. for January and April admissions will not guarantee a place in the reception year.
To see our full Admissions and Appeals Policy please contact the school or access via our website (Policies):
YOU MUST APPLY FOR A RECEPTION PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD
All children in Ducklings will be given a ‘Key worker’.
The Key Worker will build an extra special bond with you and your child.
The Key Worker will be responsible for record keeping, progress checks, assessments, observations etc.
Ducklings has an Open Door Policy and you are always welcome to pop in at a suitable and convenient time for everybody.
Induction and Transition
A positive , happy and confident start to Ducklings Nursery Class is essential.
From our wealth of experience and expertise a couple of accompanied visits is usually sufficient for most children and their families. However, we acknowledge all children are individuals and we will work to support you and your child in settling in.
A quick chirpy ‘Goodbye’ is often the very best approach!
Greenfield School is part of the National Healthy School Standard initiative and has been awarded the status of a ‘Healthy School’ after successfully meeting all the agreed criteria. The Standard offers an integrated whole-school process.
We will provide the children with healthy snacks including:
- Vegetable sticks
Water is always available.
It is essential you inform us of any dietary needs / allergies.
We have a rich and stimulating play based environment full of magical celebrations created by the children. Through play children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practice and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein
As Ducklings are an important part of our school the children will wear our Greenfield School uniform. Available from Prestige Clothing in Barton and Flitwick. The children in Ducklings are inclusive to our uniform policy.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Greenfield School has a very busy and supportive PTA who work to support their school with fundraising and help at school events. Every new parent or guardian is a member and we very much appreciate the dedication of the parents/guardians and grandparents who get involved. Fund raising events are a regular occurrence in school as are the many social events that the PTAs organise. Your support and help will be very welcome.
The safety of your child is of paramount to us at all times. It is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to the daily routine if anyone else is picking up your child.
Please also ensure you keep all records up to date regarding telephone numbers, emergency contacts and addresses.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched the sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher;
The tools they used were books, music and art.
One a parent;
With a guiding hand, and a gentle loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled
With a touch that was loving and sure,
While the parent laboured by their side,
And polished it and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last the task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could never be sold or bought.
And each agreed they would have failed
If they had worked alone,
For behind the parent stood the school,
And behind the teacher,