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! 

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.

Our Facilities

Our nursery team have worked hard 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, Creation Station, discovery areas, reading nooks, and an interactive whiteboard and iPad suite.

We spend time in our outdoor learning area every day, which allows us access to our Curriculum Cabin, Mud Kitchen, Bug Hotel and an outdoor Art Gallery.

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, develop resilience, share, cooperate, develop self-control, test ideas and friendships, extend their range of experiences and form associations amongst things, events and concepts.

A World Of Opportunities Under One Roof

Our nursery consists of four flexible spaces dedicated to PLAY, DISCOVER, LEARN.  All aspects of the curriculum are embedded in the learning experiences which take place across all four rooms.

Dedicated areas include:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy,
  • Technologies,
  • Music,
  • Imaginative play
  • Construction
  • Art and craft
  • Creation Station 
  • Junk modelling and collage
  • Sensory 
  • Small world play 

A range of enrichment activities tailored for your child are held throughout the week.

Specialist Classes

We have a minimum of one specialist class per day.  Our complimentary sessions are led by specialist teachers, in a combination of dedicated spaces and classrooms across the school.

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, however, there is an AFTERCARE facility that remains open until 6 o clock. 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, fleece and lined cagoule in school colours and is available for purchase from Stevensons.

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 Maker Space, Stay and Play sessions, paired reading, buddy system, transition lunch which takes place once a month 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.

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.

Swimming

Here at Hamilton College we are fortunate enough to host the Michael Jamieson Swim Academy.

The MJ Swim Academy will provide your child with an Olympic led swim journey at an honest price.

Pre-school classes take place on:

Wednesday at 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm
Thursday at 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm

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