Welcome to our Nursery

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The journey at Hamilton College starts in the Nursery - a place where families, carers, children and staff all want to be!

Our passion for personalising the Froebel experience has driven our Nursery team to create an environment that is inviting, fun, creative, and most importantly, child-centred. Our rooms offer flexible learning spaces, access to the outdoor learning area, an art ‘studio’, writing centres, discovery areas, reading nooks, and an interactive whiteboard and iPad suite.

Every corner of every defined space has an identity and purpose, and provides opportunities for a variety of learning experiences. Staff carefully organise the space to allow for small and large group projects and also intimate spaces for one, two or three children to focus on specific activities. Our Hamilton College Nursery philosophy values play as an instrument in stimulating and shaping child development and early learning. Through planned and spontaneous play experiences, children form relationships, share, cooperate, develop self-control, test ideas and friendships, extend their range of experiences and form associations amongst things, events and concepts.

Included in the Nursery timetable is a daily specialist lesson with either a Senior School tutor or outside coach.

Our Facilities

The Nursery consists of two main playrooms with a variety of creative play-based resources to promote curiosity for learning and development.

Playroom 1:
• mark making area
• book corner
• maths area
• interactive whiteboard, computers, laptops and tablets
• construction area

Playroom 2:
• art and craft area
• junk modelling and collage
• sensory area (e.g. sand, water, malleable materials)
• imaginary play area
• small world play area
• musical instruments

Opening Hours and Pattern of Attendance

The Nursery is open from 8am - 5pm daily and operates on a term time basis in line with the rest of the school. The Nursery is closed on public holidays and inset days. The school calendar can be viewed here.

Children can attend for half or full day sessions. The Nursery operates a flexible system of attendance where parents can select sessions that fit around work and family life. There is a minimum amount of 3 sessions that children are expected to attend. Click here for more information about our Nursery fees.  

Staffing

All staff in the Nursery are fully qualified and have extensive experience of working with children in the area of Early Learning and Childcare.   All staff participate in regular professional development training to improve skills, knowledge and enhance their awareness of change within the sector.

Uniform

Our Nursery uniform consists of a polo shirt and fleece in school colours and are available for purchase from the school Uniform Department.

Transition to Junior School

The majority of children will progress from Nursery to Hamilton College Junior School; strong links are established, particularly during the second year of Nursery, to ensure a seamless transition to Junior 1.

For children moving into Junior School the transition is seamless and children adapt confidently within already familiar surroundings. The children take part in a range of transition activities including Active Start, Stay and Play sessions and outdoor learning with J1 children throughout the year. 

Nursery children wishing to attend Junior School are required to meet the entrance criteria. All children will be invited to attend an Experience and Assessment day in January. Successful applicants will be offered a place in Junior 1 by end of February.

At the end of the academic session a detailed transition record will be completed for your child. Parents and children will be provided with the opportunity to comment on this before it is passed to your child’s new teacher.

If your child is moving to another primary school we make contact with the school and work in partnership with their staff ensuring your child is supported throughout this important transition in their lives.