We plan and provide a range of experiences to support children develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which will help them to make sense of the world around them.
Children are encouraged to explore and investigate their surroundings; handle new materials; experiment; describe; compare; discuss; predict and share their thinking. Outside the children are learning about the needs of living things by planting and growing vegetables; pond dipping; going on mini-beast hunts and observing seasonal changes. We also incubate duck or chicken eggs and observe the metamorphosis of tadpoles to frogs and caterpillars to butterflies.
Our woodwork bench provides an opportunity for children to learn to use tools safely with by designing and making models using wood, nails or glue.
Cooking is a regular activity and provides a focus for children to observe changes which take place when ingredients are mixed together, heated or cooled. We use this as an opportunity to reinforce hygiene and safety and raise the children's awareness of healthy foods and eating.
Small groups of children are sometimes taken out on visits - maybe the library, Post Office or shops to re-enforce a particular theme or interest. Features along the way are pointed out and photos taken which the children then place in sequence as they recall the journey to make a ‘map’. We take all the children to the farm each year during the Summer Term. Technology such as computers, a digital microscope, CD players, cameras, are in regular use and the children soon develop skills in operating them.
Purley Nursery School was inspected by Ofsted on 6 March 2018. We are delighted to say that yet again Ofsted recognised the Outstanding quality of our nursery provision.
To read the Inspector's Report, please click here
Bookings for the Summer Holiday Playscheme are now closed. The next Playscheme will be in the October half term.
Further Information on Holiday Playschemes can be found here .
Admission to Primary School 2019
If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you MUST apply for a primary school place now. Further information is available here
9 June 2017
The Federation between Purley Nursery School and Christ Church Primary School is now established and is known as the Purley Partnership Federation. A federated governing body is now in place to oversee the governance of both schools.
Purley Nursery School is pleased to be able to offer the new Government Funded 30 hours of free childcare. Parents who think they might be eligible will need to check on the website, www.childcarechoices.gov.uk, the term before they wish to take up their entitlement.
At Purley Nursery School the 30 hours are offered Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 11.30 and 12.30 to 3.30pm term time only (with the option to pay for the lunch period and bring a packed lunch). Breakfast and After School Club are also available at an additional charge. Please come and visit us Monday to Thursday between 9.30 and 10.30 am or 1pm to 2.30 pm for further details.
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education. In our School parents and carers can buy additional child-care sessions to provide a full-time place between 7.45am and 6.00pm (subject to availability).
We encourage parents to take up their education hours across the whole week wherever possible - 3 hours on a daily basis morning or afternoon - as we believe that this provides valuable continuity for children.
You can pay your invoice for your additional sessions by ParentPay. Please click here to access our Parent Pay page.