Nursery Handbook 2014-15 (text only version)

Please see below, a text only version of our Nursery Handbook.  Available under “General Information – Nursery Admissions”

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Session 2014-2015


  • Introduction & General Information
  • Welcome & Aims
  • Snack & Monies
  • Clothing
  • Induction
  • Play & the Curriculum
  • Parents and Staff in Partnership
  • Assessment & Reporting
  • Praise, discipline & rules
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Health & Safety
  • Complaints procedure
  • Transition to P1
  • Deferred Entry
  • Conclusion

General Information

Head teacher: Mrs Alison Cook

School Address: Woodside School

                  Clifton Road


                  AB24 4EA

Telephone No.: 01224 484778

Fax:  01224 481878

Non-urgent messages can be left on the School’s Information Line

0870 054 1999                  PIN CODE: 001740



Information can also be found on our school website at:


As of August 2014 Nursery Hours will increase from 2 hours 30 mins to 3 hours 10 mins in each session.  Woodside Nursery sessions will therefore be as follows:


Morning Session           8.30am – 11.40am  (3hours 10 mins)

Afternoon Session     12.25pm – 3.35pm  (3hours 10 mins)


Welcome to Woodside Nursery

Our nursery department was opened in 1971 and is situated in an annex to the rear of Woodside School.We have two classrooms and currently accommodate 80 children aged 3 to 5 years in part day placements. At each session there is a maximum of 20 children and each class is staffed by a teacher and a nursery nurse. Our nursery teachers are qualified primary teachers and both our nursery nurses hold appropriate nursery nursing qualifications. During the year various students (future teachers and nursery nurses) may be working alongside staff in the nursery as part of their training.

Meet the Staff

Our nursery team consists of a nursery teacher and a nursery nurse for each nursery class.   Our Nursery Staff are as follows:

Nursery 1(Downstairs) Nursery 2(Upstairs)
Mrs S Blair (Teacher) Mrs F Humphries (Teacher)
Mrs T Reid (Nursery Nurse) Mrs A Christie (Nursery Nurse AM Session)
Mrs P Robertson (Nursery Nurse PM Session

The Nursery classes will also be supported by additional class teachers during the 2014-2015 session in order to meet the requirements of the extension in Nursery hours.

During your child’s time in nursery you may also meet:

Mrs A Cook           Head Teacher

Mrs Reid               Depute Head Teacher (Nurs P1-3)

Mrs Ross              Depute Head Teacher (ASN & P4-7)  Monday – Thursday only

Mrs McPherson    School Administrator

Mrs McGuigan       School Receptionist


At Woodside School we are committed to creating a learning community where everyone is encouraged to be an effective contributor, a successful learner, a confident individual and a responsible citizen.

To be an Effective Contributor:

  • We aim to promote a supportive partnership within the whole school community.
  • We aim to create an enterprising ethos with opportunities for initiative and leadership.
To be a Successful Learner:

  • We aim to provide opportunities which will challenge and motivate each individual to reach high standards of achievement.
  • We aim to create openness to new thinking and ideas.


To be a Confident Individual:

  • We aim to promote within each individual, self respect, secure values & beliefs and a sense of well-being.
  • We aim to encourage individuals to make independent and informed, balanced decisions.


National Care Standards

Woodside Nursery evaluates it’s practice in accordance with The National Care Standards which the Care Commission base their inspection process upon.

The main principles are dignity, privacy, choice, safety, realising potential and equality and diversity.  Users of the service have a right to:


  • Be treated with dignity and respect at all times; and
  • Enjoy a full range of social relationships.


  • Have your privacy and property respected; and
  • Be free from unnecessary intrusion.


  • Make informed choices, while recognisisng the rights of other people to do the same; and
  • Know the range of choices


  • Feel safe and secure in all aspects of life, including health and wellbeing;
  • Enjoy safety but not be over-protected; and
  • Be free from exploitation and abuse.

Realising potential

  • Achieve all you can;
  • Make full use of the resources that are available to you; and
  • Make the most of your life.

Equality and Diversity

  • Live an independent life, rich in purpose, meaning and personal fulfilment;
  • Be valued for your ethnic background, language, culture and faith;
  • Be treated equally and to live in an environment which is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination and;
  • Be able to complain effectively without fear of victimisation.

National Care Standards: early education and childcare up to the age of 16  (2005)

In order to evaluate our practice fully, we rely on feedback from our Service Users.  This means children and their parents/carers.  Throughout the year you may be asked for your views through a variety of means:




üSuggestions Slips

üInformal Discussion

üFormal Discussion Groups

We value all your comments and suggestions and they play an integral part in the continuous improvement of our Nursery.  In addition to the methods stated above please feel free at any time to discuss any issues with nursery staff or with a member of Senior Management Team.

Snack & Monies

Your child will be offered a small snack each day.

Usually snack takes place in small groups over a period of time, but occasionally children will have snack altogether – for a special occasion or birthday.

Parents/carers are also invited to suggest snack items for the Nursery menu.  Please contribute your ideas for healthy snacks that may be family favourites.

The snack menu is displayed both outside the nursery and in the snack area. Menus are planned carefully to ensure snacks offer a variety of nutritious foods in line with the Nutritional Guidelines set out by the Scottish Executive.

Fresh fruit and milk are on offer every day. If your child has special dietary needs or is prone to food allergies please let the staff know.

Snack is a valuable part of the nursery session. Your child will be encouraged to use good table manners, and help with preparation and tidying up.

Snack is payable at the start of the week and costs £2.50 per week. If your child is absent for part of the week the full fee is still payable.

Nursery ‘Piggy’ Fund

We are allocated an allowance from Aberdeen City Council each year. This allows us to purchase jigsaws, games, art and craft materials, construction equipment and many other play items.

We also have a nursery ‘piggy’ fund which allows us to top up our allowance and help with outings and special treats.

All children benefit from this money and we are very grateful for all contributions – no matter how small!


In nursery your child will have fun with:

paint             dough                 water  glue        sand         baking ingredientsand many, many other messy activities

so ……………… please keep this in mind when dressing your child for nursery.

We are encouraging all parents/carers to purchase an Apron from the Nursery to help keep clothes paint/glue free!  We have been trying these during the last school session and they’ve proved very popular.  Aprons have been priced at between £7.50 and £8.50, they’re really good quality and the children really enjoy wearing them.

To assist the staff in the Nursery we would ask for your help at the beginning of the session in helping your child to put their apron on in preparation for the day.
We encourage children to be independent when dressing and going to the toilet. Please help us by dressing your child appropriately:

  • Elastic waistbands – not belts, buckles or difficult buttons.
  • Elastic cuffs/ short sleeves – help when washing hands, playing in the water and baking.
  • Soft shoes – necessary every day for safety indoors and cleanliness.
  • Outdoor shoes and warm clothing should be brought every day for outdoor play.

Children should have a change of clothes. These should be brought daily and left in a bag on your child’s peg.

We also ask that parents provide a box of tissues to be used in Nursery.

We’ve also found that a pair of wellie boots is extremely useful, we spend lots of time in our garden and a pair of wellies, kept in nursery, helps to ensure that trousers, tights etc stay dry.


Should you wish to look into purchasing iron-on and stick-on name tags please see Mrs Reid for further information.



Children are admitted to our nursery classes in accordance with Aberdeen City Council’s guidelines. Parents wishing to enrol their child should complete an application form (available from nursery/school) during January/February of the year their child will be aged 3 or 4 years old.

Starting Nursery

At Woodside Nursery we believe in the importance of taking time and care to settle children into nursery. For all children coming into nursery there are many new experiences to be met. In order to meet each child’s individual needs, we recommend a gradual progression towards attending a full session in nursery.

Below is an example of a child’s settling in period.

Day 1             child and parent/carer visit nursery and stay for one hour.

Day 2            child stays in nursery without parent/carer for a maximum of one hour.

Day 3            child stays in nursery for one and a half hours.

Day 4            child stays in nursery for two hours.

Day 5            child stays in nursery for full session.

Each child is an individual and their settling in period will reflect this.

Thank you for your co-operation


Play and the Curriculum

Play, play and more play!

It is through play that children learn about themselves and the world they live in.

At Woodside Nursery we believe that play is children’s ‘work’.

Through careful planning, the staff ensure that our nursery curriculum provides a range of activities and experiences.

What do we mean by Nursery Curriculum?

A Curriculum for Excellence is about ensuring that we develop our young people and invest in them to become:

Successful Learners with enthusiasm and motivation for learning.

Confident individuals with physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and self respect and ambition.

Responsible citizens with respect for others and a commitment to participate responsibly.

Effective contributors with resilience and self-reliance, who can communicate, solve problems, be enterprising and creative.

  • Literacy and English
  • Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Technologies
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Expressive Arts

Children will experience activities which develop these 4 capacities through the following areas:

Some of the activities in which your child may participate:

Sand Play     Story time    Water Play    Snack Time

Role Play     Construction     Glueing     Puzzles

Cutting     Playdough     Baking     Painting    Craft

Gym/movement     Computer     Music/singing time

This is a very exciting time in education.  A Curriculum for Excellence aims to develop within children these 4 capacities and these capacities are terms that even our 3 and 4 year olds become familiar with in Nursery.

Trips out of school

As part of our nursery curriculum your child will be involved in outings in and around the local environment. You will, therefore, be asked to complete a permission form when your child starts nursery. The adult to child ratio for these outings is 1:5.

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is seen as a vital experience in nursery education. Our outdoor play area provides ideal opportunities for children’s learning, active physical experiences and contact with the natural environment.

Please ensure that your child comes suitably dressed for outdoor activities in all weather conditions.

Nursery education is about challenging each child and encouraging them to develop into motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them.

If you have any questions about the activities we provide for your child, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Parents and Staff in Partnership

At Woodside Nursery you will be given many opportunities to become a Nursery Helper. (If you wish to help you will be asked to complete a PVG form)

The benefits of parent/carer helpers are two-fold:

  • you  have skills that complement those of our staff and we would greatly appreciate your expertise
  • through participating in activities with your child, we hope you will gain a greater understanding of nursery education.

Together as partners we can do much to ensure happy, confident children.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

At Woodside Nursery we value our partnership with parents.

We believe that creating positive links between home and nursery is essential to your child’s education.

We welcome parents/carers into our classrooms. We consider our daily contact with you to be vitally important – a time for us both to exchange information to the benefit of your child.

Our staff are always happy to discuss your child’s progress and any issues relating to nursery. This can be done in a variety of ways:

  • Informal contact with staff
  • Parent/Teacher open evenings
  • Parent/Teacher interviews

Lending Library & Curiosity Kits

The nursery has a weekly lending library. The children benefit greatly from listening to stories and looking at books, sharing this experience with their parent/carer. Protective book bags can be bought at the subsidised price of £2.

There are also other opportunities throughout the year to borrow equipment such as Curiosity Sacks or our new Play Bags initiative.


As staff work with your child during the year, they gather information regarding his/her progress and achievements. This information will be shared with you through informal discussion, parents’ interviews and a written report.

Parents will be given a Report on their child’s achievement at the end of the session (May/June).


In line with Aberdeen City Council policy, we are committed to a policy of multi-cultural and anti-racist education.

Children with a disability also have a right to equal access to the curriculum and an entitlement that their capabilities are fully developed. Where children with a disability are attending our early years setting, care will be taken to ensure there is suitable access to the building, resources and equipment and that staff recognise the children’s capabilities.


We do not have many rules in Nursery, but those we do have are important for the safety and well being of your child whilst in our care.

We encourage children to follow the following rules:

When we are in Nursery we:

  • WALK. We don’t run in or around the Nursery area.
  • Use our quiet voices. We do not shout in Nursery.
  • Are careful. We look after the equipment and treat toys and other people with care
  • Have fun and keep safe.


Children are praised in the Nursery for their achievements, both verbally and through token rewards such as stickers and certificates.

If difficulties arise regarding discipline within the Nursery, a member of staff works with the child(ren) to resolve these. In extreme circumstances staff may be required to restrain a child if it is the only practical means of securing his/her welfare. Smacking or other physical punishments are never used in Woodside Nursery.

If a child appears to have recurring behaviour problems these will be fully discussed with the parent. Other agencies will be involved if necessary.


Signing in and out

The safety of your child is of paramount to us. Your child must be taken to and collected from nursery by a responsible adult.

We operate a signing in and out system so that we can ensure that the correct person collects your child. It is vital that any change to the arrangement indicated on the signing in/out form in the nursery is intimated to nursery staff by telephone before your child is collected.

Name of child Signature Who is collecting your child? Relationship to child Signature


It is essential that your child attends nursery on a regular basis to allow them to develop friendships and gain in confidence.

Please note there is a door security entry system in operation and parents and carers are asked to buzz the Nursery buzzer to gain access.

Children can be collected from nursery between 11.30- 11.40am or for afternoon session, between 3.25 – 3.35pm. We would ask that your child is collected promptly as any lateness may cause your child to become distressed.

Prams & Buggies

If you bring a pram or buggy to Nursery, please leave the entrance clear in case we have to make an emergency exit.


Smoking is not permitted within the grounds of the school.


Dogs are not permitted in the playground – even on a lead!

Head Lice

Parents are asked to inform the Nursery if their child is found to have head lice.

Child Protection

Schools are now required to report if we think that any child or young person has come to harm as a consequence of possible abuse.

Each school has a Named senior member of staff appointed responsible for Child Protection matters.

Mrs A Cook – Headteacher is Woodside Nursery & Primary School’s named Child Protection Officer. Staff will report to her in the first instance if they think a child is at risk. She will then take appropriate action as detailed in the Child Protection Procedural Policy. The role of the school is to observe, record and report not to investigate.

Should you wish to talk further about Child Protection and the safety of children, please feel free to contact the school.


We ask that you leave an emergency contact number for the child’s parent/carer in case you are not at home and an emergency occurs.

We also ask for the name, address and telephone number of a relative or friend living in the area whom we may contact in an emergency, if the parent/carer is unavailable.

If your contact numbers change at any point in the school session, please inform the school office immediately.

We thank you for your co-operation in the above Health & Safety Issues.

Illness & School Information Line

If your child is unwell please do not send him/her to nursery. If your child has had sickness bug or has had an infectious illness then they should not return to nursery for at least 48 hours after the last sign of the illness or when a the child’s doctor allows him/her to return.

By keeping your child away from nursery, you are making a decision that is in the best interest of your child, other people’s children and our nursery staff.

If your child requires medication during the day, please report to the School Office/Head teacher.

If you can, please inform the Nursery of the absence by phoning the school – Tel. 484778 or contact the School Information Line.


We aim to provide the best possible service and welcome your comments (positive & negative). We endeavour to address all your concerns to your satisfaction.

If you have a concern or complaint about any aspect of the nursery provision then please approach the nursery team, in the first instance, or contact either of the DHTs or the Head Teacher.

In extreme cases, you may feel that the issue cannot be dealt with satisfactorily within Woodside School.

In this situation, you should contact:-

Aberdeen City Council,               Care Inspectorate

Education Culture and Sport        North Region

Marischal College,                     Johnstone House

Broad Street                              Rose Street

Aberdeen.                                 Aberdeen

AB10 1AB                                 AB10 2UD

Tel. 793570

Fax 793899

An ACC leaflet explaining the Complaints Procedure is available in each nursery for you to read and both the above addresses/contacts are also on view.


Transfer from nursery to primary can be a big step for children who are entering a new environment, but we try to make the transition smooth, gradual and happy.

Our nursery has access to all the school facilities e.g. library, gym hall. We feel this important as it ensures continuity between nursery and primary and helps children to gain confidence for the transition into primary.

All the children will visit their ‘new’ teachers/classes.

We endeavour to make the transition to primary one as smooth as possible. Most children take to it like ‘ducks to water’ and for those who find the experience a little more daunting, be assured that there is plenty of support available to them


Some children may benefit from another year in Nursery although they maybe old enough to go to school. This is known as deferred entry.

Children who have their 5th birthday in January or February have the right to defer entry to school if parents feel another year at nursery will be of significant benefit.

Information and leaflets on Deferred Entry and Early Entry to school may be obtained from the Headteacher.


We hope you have found the information in this booklet helpful. It can only give you a brief insight into our nursery but you are welcome to talk to the staff at any time, if you have any queries. This can be done informally or by making an appointment.

All you have to do now is remember the important things……..

  • Gym shoes and Wellie Boots  – named
  • Outdoor clothing – named
  • A bag with spare clothes
  • A library/boo