Parents Infomation


Montessori Curriculum

There are eight key stages of development in the Montessori curriculum:

  • Everyday living (Practical life)
  • Communication and Language
  • Sensorial
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world
  • Physical
  • Expressive Art and Design

Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach is based around fundamental principles that each individual setting draws from and adapt according to their unique
environment and community.

  • Children are capable of taking an active role in their learning
  • Children’s learning is based on their interest
  • Teachers and parents are co-learners
  • Children’s learning is documented
  • Nursery environment is a “third teacher”
  • Teachers are equal learners who guide and nurture children’s learning and growth.

EYFS

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

Three prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and designs

Extra activities at Woven

At Woven Nursery we want every child in our care to experience
an enriching and inspiring environment. Alongside Montessori
and Reggio Emilia, we offer extra activities which we hope will
cater to the whole child.

These could be in the form of:

  • Music sessions are held in nursery each week. All children in the
    nursery have the opportunity to join in with these fun music and movement sessions.
  • Weekly yoga sessions will also be offered to all children to balance mental and physical wellbeing.
  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) - Hands on learning will be on offer to explore topics the children are interested it - DIY Lava Lamps or fireworks in a jar
  • Cooking sessions are planned per term term, linking in with the child’s interest or learning topic - for example pancakes for Shrove Tuesday or lime cake for Black History Month.

Funding

This year the Government will be introducing several new programmes of early years funding for eligible children.

How does it work?

As with the pre-existing funding for 2 & 3 year olds, the newly announced 9 months+ Government funding is for 38 weeks of term time.

Depending on your agreed childcare plan you may still receive a monthly charge even when claiming funding.

Whilst the Government funding is structured for 38 weeks (term time), our places are for 50 weeks of the year
and so the funded hours are stretched over the period we are
open.

Applied over 50 weeks, the funding equates to 11.5 hours per
week for those eligible for 15 hour funding, and 22.5 hours
per week for those eligible for 30 hour funding. This is known
as stretched funding.

When could my child become eligible?

Children become eligible for age-specific funding in the term following their relevant birthday (or month, in the case of 9 month olds).

Term start dates are typically 1st January, 1st April and 1st September each year. 

How can I check if I’m eligible?

To find out if you’re eligible, head to: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

 

For children aged 9-23 months 

Eligible families can now apply to claim 15 hours of funding from September 2024, and this will then rise to 30 hours of funding in September 2025.

 

For children aged 2-3 years

Since April 2024, eligible families have been able to claim 15 hours of funding. This is then due to increase to 30 hours of funding for all eligible families in September 2025.

 

For children aged 3+

All children over 3 in England are eligible for 15 hours of funding for 38 weeks of term time, following their third birthday.

Depending on your personal circumstances, your child may also be eligible for an additional 15 hours of funding per week, making a total of making a total of 30 hours of funding for 38 weeks of term time. Please ensure that you are eligible before applying.

 

Holiday dates

Term Dates
Summer Break Monday 26th August - Friday 6th September
From September 2024 - we are open 50 weeks and only have the below holidays
Christmas Break 2024 Wednesday 25th December - Wednesday 1st January 2025
Easter Break 2025 Monday 14th April - Monday 21st April
Christmas Break 2025 Thursday 25th December - Thursday 1st January 2026

Inset days 2024

  • Monday 6th May - Training day
  • Friday 23rd August - Training day
  • Monday 9th September - Training day/Welcome new starters
  • Tuesday 10th September - Training day/Welcome new starters
  • Tuesday 24th December - Training day

Inset days 2025

  • Thursday 2nd January  2025 - Training day/Welcome to all new starters
  • Monday 5th May - Training day
  • Friday 22nd August - Training day
  • Monday 8th September - Training day/Welcome to all new starters
  • Wednesday 24th December - Training day

Inset days 2026

  • Friday 2nd January 2026 - welcome to all new starters