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Key Information 

- Please put your child's name on their water bottle and clothing.

- Your children will often get messy during their play, please provide a change of clothing just in case!

- We have a few allergies in the nursery this year, please adhere to the schools no nut policy if you provide lunch for your child!


Session Times

AM: 8.40-11.40 Doors open for pick up at 11.30

PM: 12.30-3.30 Doors open for pick up at 3.20

All Day: 8.40am -3.30pm- Lunch 11.40-12.30

Spring 2! 

Week beginning 19.2.24

Spring 1

We are very excited to be welcoming the children back to Nursery on Thursday 4th January. 

We can not wait to hear all about what they have been up to over the holidays. We would love for you to share any photo's on their Tapestry account for us to share with the children at school.

 We will begin this half term looking at the story 'Three Billy Goats Gruff'. Please share this story with your child at home to support their learning. Click on the link below to access a video of the story. 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox (youtube.com)


We will continue to share with you the rhyme of the week which you will receive at the start of each week. You will also find the link to the rhyme on the school website. 

We look forward to seeing you again in the new year. Please don't hesitate to speak with any member of the team if you have any questions.

Week beginning 5.2.24

This week the children have enjoyed carrying on learning the book 'Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons'. They have been making some 'groovy' buttons of their own in the creative area and colouring in and painting outlines of Pete The Cat!

Click on the link below to watch a video of the story!

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons | Animated Book | (youtube.com)


The children were very excited when it snowed and although there wasn't enough to make a snowman they enjoyed exploring the slushy ice and paddling in the muddy puddles! They used the poles from the construction area as fishing rods to catch some fish! Super imagination! Well done Nursery!  

Week beginning 29.1.24

This week the children have loved learning our new storybook 'Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons'.

Click on the link below to watch a video of the story!

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons | Animated Book | (youtube.com)


They have enjoyed hunting for some 'groovy' buttons in the slime and looking at the hidden numbers too! 

The children have enjoyed learning the rhyme '10 Fat Sausages' and have been making their own sausages using the playdough. They have been great at remembering our number of the week 0 in their play too! 

Well done Nursery for a fab week of learning! 

Week beginning 22.1.24

What a fabulous week we have had! The children have really enjoyed having their grown-ups come to listen to 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' story. Thank you for coming to watch the session and joining in with some of our favourite songs. 

The children have enjoyed painting pictures of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and acting out the story in their play. They have been making some great models using the bricks. We have been working hard to copy some of the ideas from the model cars.

Click the link below to see the rhyme for this week.

Week beginning 15.1.24

This week the children have enjoyed acting out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They have used the masks and the small world toys to help them to retell the story in their play! Super work! 

The children have also enjoyed exploring the slime tray squashing the slime between their hands and feeling it all slurp through their fingers! They used paintbrushes to copy the patterns on the cards in the tray! 

It has been super cold this week but it hasn't stopped the children from loving the outdoors. They have enjoyed making ramps for the balls and cars to roll down and playing in the sand with the cars and trucks.

Super learning again this week Nursery! Well done! 

Week beginning 8th January 

The children have had great fun leaning our new story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and acting it out using the masks. We have also enjoyed welcoming some new children into Nursery this week. They have been so brave and saying good bye to their grown-ups! What a super first week back we have had! 

Please click the link below to listen to this weeks rhymes of the week: 

Feel The Beat (youtube.com)

Autumn 2

We are very excited to be welcoming the children back to school on Monday 6th November! We can not wait to hear about what they have been up to during the holidays! Don't forget to share any memorable moments with us on their Tapestry account so we can celebrate their learning together! 

Week beginning 11.12.23

Please click the links below to see this weeks learning and the link for the rhyme of the week.

Week beginning 4.12.23


We are so proud of how well the children did in our Christmas performance. They were fantastic! We don't think we have ever heard Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star sung quite so well! 

Well done Nursery, you have made all your teachers and grownups very proud!


The children have had great fun this week practising their blancing skills on the trim trail and enjoying the ice and water outside. They have been learning to use glue to stick glitter onto their pictures and are continuing to practise using scissors safely. They have loved dressing up in Santa's Workshop to make presents for the boys and girls on Christmas day! They have been so helpful to each other helping one another to put the outfits on!

Super work!


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Take a look to see what the children will be learning this half term!

Week beginning 27.11.23

This week the children have enjoyed playing outside and investigating the ice! They loved looking at the icicles on the leaves and the ground. We froze some water in some gloves to make frozen hands! The children loved touching the ice and watching it melt. 

We had great fun putting the Christmas Tree up and decorating it all together! We opened the first door in our advent calendar too! What an exciting time! 

Chicken Licken Story Maps

We can retell parts of the story!

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The children have enjoyed playing in the leaves outside watching them blow in the wind!

Inside they have been very creative practising their cutting and sticking skills, painting and playing in the home corner. They have enjoyed learning the story 'Chicken Licken' using the story props to help.

Week Beginning 20th November 2023


The children are practising hard for our upcoming nativity performance. We have lots of songs to learn! Please see below for our weekly learning.

Week Beginning 13.11.23


This week the children are learning about Diwali by looking at photos of our friends celebrating, listening to the story Dipali's Diwali and exploring different aspects of this celebration. The children will be making their own Rangoli patterns, practising making marks and name writing in Diwali cards and making diya lamps out of playdough.  Our rhyme of the week is 'I'm a little Diya'.  We are also learning our focus story 'Chicken Licken' and our number of the week for maths is 3. 

Week beginning 6.11.23

Rhyme of the week- 5 Little Ducks


Our Focus Story- Chicken Licken

We will be learning all about the story Chicken Licken over the next few weeks.

Click on the link below to listen to the story with your child: 

Chicken Licken | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox - YouTube 

Week Beginning 16th October


This week the children have been learning about the number two for maths and have been practising the story of 'The Enormous Turnip' for Big Book. To celebrate 'Black History Month' we have also watched a special episode of 'Jo Jo and Gran Gran' where we learnt about Gran Gran's heritage and how she came to England from St Lucia.  As part of our adult let learning the children have also been doing phonics sessions where we have clapped out the syllables in our names and 'Jigsaw' where we have learnt more about looking after our learning environment.

The rhyme of the week this week is 'Miss Polly had a Dolly'. All of the children have a copy of the rhyme to practise at home. Thank you to those who have recorded your child doing the rhyme of the week at home. We love to see you videos on tapestry! We wish you all a happy and healthy half term break.  

Week Beginning 9th October 2023


The children have started to really settle into our nursery routines now and have mostly been happy, engaged and settled in their environment. This week we have been retelling the story of the 'Enormous Turnip' and have enjoyed learning songs based on the story. We have also been practising our Rhyme of The Week 'Row, Row, Row the Boat'. The children have also taken part in 'Jigsaw' this week which helps support the children's social and emotional development. This week we have been learning about being sad and happy. Later in the week the children will be doing phonics where they will be practising animal sounds. During choosing time the children have still been working on putting into practise our class motto 'choose it, use it and put it away!' with many of our children now joining in well at tidy up time too. Well done to all of our wonderful children!

Rhyme of the Week -  'Row, Row, Row the Boat.' Please practise this with your child. We would love to see videos of them performing their rhyme on tapestry! 

Week beginning 2.10.23

The Enormous Turnip

We are learning the story of The Enormous Turnip. You may want to read this story at home with your child to familiarise them with the text. Don't forget to share any key memories at home with us on Tapestry.


Rhyme of the week:

Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes. 


Please work with your child to learn the rhyme. 

Week beginning 25.9.23

Rhyme of the week:

1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive!


Please have fun with your child to learn the rhyme of the week.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

We are learning the story Brown Bear by Bill Martin. The children have loved using the toys and props to act out the story during our Big Book sessions and also in their play. We have enjoyed learning the story through songs and using our story map to help us remember what comes next!

Click on the link below to listen to the song we have been learning: 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Song | Kids Songs | Eric Carle Book | Colors | Animals - YouTube


Great work Nursery! What super storytellers you are! 

Well done Nursery children! 

What super stars you have been! We are so so proud of how well each and every one of the children have settled this week. For many of our new starters it has been the first time leaving their grown-ups! You have been so brave! We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again next week and continuing to get to you all! 


Parents and careers, we just wanted to say a big thank you and well done to you also, as we know dropping your child off at Nursery can be a very emotional time for all. They have done you all very proud! 

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to speak with a member of our team. We are always here and willing to help in anyway we can. Your child's happiness and wellbeing is our priority.  We look forward to working with you to continue to support your child with settling into school and becoming happy, independent, life long learners. 

Welcome to Old Basford School Nursery!

We are so excited to welcome everyone to our Nursery! We are looking forward to seeing the children grow and learn over the coming months. Please keep looking on our website to see all the wonderful things the children will be learning. 

Please see below the photos of the children's new indoor learning environment. 


Please make sure everything your child brings to school is clearly labelled with their full name. This includes their bags, hats, water bottles and shoes. 

Thank you in advance!