Nursery News September / October 2015

We had a special pyjama day at Ramillies Nursery where all the children enjoyed coming to nursery in their dressing gowns and slippers. To celebrate, we decorated gingerbread men so that they were wearing pyjamas too!
A big thank you goes to everyone who donated money for this cause. We raised a fabulous £100 for Royal Manchester Children’s Charity.


Down at ‘Babies’ we have been having lots of fun getting messy and learning through sensory play, exploring water, soft and hard objects, colour mixing with cars and most recently exploring the inside of pumpkins! We have been out looking at leaves and making collages, as well as painting handprint hedgehogs and baking yummy chocolate ones. We have great fun each day singing and making music with instruments. We even have a song to learn each other’s names. This week we have been making footprint ghosts-BOO!


Over at ‘Toddlers’ we have been really busy settling in and learning what it means to be big boys and girls. We have been practising our manners and being independent in making choices especially at snack time. We have done lots of singing; our favourite nursery rhyme is ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’. We loved getting messy during water play, table-top printing and autumn hand print trees, as well as exploring outside in the autumn leaves and collecting objects for our nature play dough. We enjoyed making sensory bottles for exploring and have been busy playing with pumpkins and dressing up for Halloween.

Early Years

Since September we have been having a wonderful time up at ‘Early Years’. As part of our ‘All about me’ topic we made our self-portraits, and drew round our bodies, labeling our body parts. The children also measured how tall they were, how far they could stretch and we also looked at baby photos of our friends. We had fun guessing who was who.
The changing weather helped introduce our Autumn topic, by showering us with different coloured leaves and dropping apples from the tree. The children have enjoyed using their senses to explore this season. We enjoyed practicing our cooking skills by making apple crumble and autumn vegetable soup. The children have enjoyed collecting sticks and different coloured leaves, and looking for conkers. The children enjoyed reading ‘Percy, the park keeper’ stories about different animals, especially hedgehogs. We made play dough hedgehogs and drew hedgehogs using chalk then covered them with leaves for their spikes.


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Please could staff and children ensure that all power supplies and leads for portable devices that are to be used in school are brought in on Friday 13th November 9.00am for PAT testing.  Any Power Supplies and leads that are not tested at this time will not be able to be used in school.

This is in accordance with the I.E.E code of practice, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation 1998.

Investment in Learning

Integrated ICT Investment Strategy

Each year our focus on investment in technology and the infrastructure here at Ramillies Hall School achieves significant, sustained and widespread gains for our students. Over the last 12 months we have included improvements to develop, enhance and extend the technology used to further student learning and strengthen the systems used throughout the school.

We recognize that one of the most powerful uses of technology in education is that it allows us to tailor instruction to students’ individual learning needs, and to facilitate a focus on learning By integrating the use of technology within the curricular framework.
Increasing Learning Opportunities
More than ever today, technology plays a vital role in educating and connecting students to learning opportunities.


With the surplus of reference information and educational instruction available on the Internet, and new technologies making computers increasingly portable, Ramillies Hall School is taking advantage of the new opportunities for enhancing and supplementing classroom instruction through the use of technology.

Summary of 2014/2015 Updates

  • Interactive whiteboards and flat panel displays installed throughout the school and nursery.
  • Network infrastructure upgraded to improve speed of data transfer and computer inter working.
  • All PCs upgraded or replaced to the latest specifications with new computers.
  • Deployed Windows 8.1 enterprise, Office pro plus 2013 and Learning support software updates throughout most of the school.
  • Pocket PCs and monitors purchased for the Design and Technology room and the English room.
  • Additional laser printers have been purchased.
  • The ICT Suite was upgraded during the summer break to i5 with 21.5″ monitors with SSD drives.
  • Additional i5 have been added around the schools to increase pc numbers.
  • School lesson bell system renovated and upgraded.
  • Telephone System Updated. (As we receive a high volume of calls, since February 2015 we have had improvements in place within our telephone system to include additional lines. This now enables parents to contact the School and Nursery even at our busiest times.)


At Ramillies Nursery we aim to give your child the best start in life. There are three departments, Babies, Toddlers and Early Years, and we are open weekdays from 7.30am to 6.00pm, 50 weeks of the year. We try to be as flexible as possible offering term-time placements to children who have older siblings in full time education and whose parents would benefit from this arrangement. We also offer full days, half days, mornings or afternoons, and have a breakfast club starting at 7.30am.

The Nursery School Day

7.30 – 8.00     Breakfast club in baby nursery. Breakfast is provided

8.00 – 9.00     Free play

9.00 – 9.30     Registration

9.30 – 9.45      Snack time

9.45 – 11.00     Focused and child initiated activities

11.00 – 11.30   Outdoor play / free play / story time

11.30 – 12.30   Lunch time

12.20 – 1.00     Outdoor play / Free play

1.00 – 1.30       Registration

1.30 – 2.30       Focused and child initiated activities

2.30 – 3.00      Snack time

3.00 – 4.00      Free play

4.00 – 4.30      Afternoon tea

4.30 – 6.00      Child initiated activities / outdoor play


Our experienced and qualified staff provide a stimulating, exciting, caring and secure environment for children aged 6 months to 5 years. We take great pride in offering high standards of care, so that parents can be confident that their children are well looked after, whilst receiving a good start to their education

Nursery Environment

We believe that all our departments are important and have tried to create a bright and stimulating environment, starting with a cozy, homely feel for our babies and progressing gradually to a more classroom style setting for our Early Years children. This is to ensure that there is an easier transition when starting nursery to leaving to go to school. Each department has an outdoor learning area, with toys and equipment, which can be used all year round. The children’s work is displayed throughout the Nursery rooms so that parents can see what their child has accomplished during structured activity sessions.

There is a Teddy Bears Picnic held annually in July and this is a fun day for both the children and their family members. It gives parents the opportunity to meet one another and see their children interact with their peers. Themed Fun Days are held throughout the year which enable the children to experience different activities, fancy dress and a whole new way of learning.

We believe that memories of your children and their achievements are important and therefore try to capture those precious moments in photographs which are added to your child’s online learning journey. We also arrange for a professional photographer to come in twice a year for both individual and group portraits.

Learning at Ramillies Nursery

From joining our Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, where the children are encouraged to learn by playing, exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking both indoors and outdoors, allowing them to understand the world around them. Ongoing assessments and observations are carried out to ensure every child is getting the most out of the learning experience and to give them a head start in their educational development. When they are ready, the children progress from Babies to Toddlers, then to Early Years.

In Early Years, the children are familiarized with basic Numeracy and Literacy. To help develop vocabulary and coherent sentences we encourage the children to take part in structured activities such as role play. Our children use Jolly Phonics, which is an enjoyable way for them to learn letter sounds and gives a good basis for the children to start learning to read.

Even at this early age, our children have the benefit of specialist teachers in Music, at the start of Early Years, and French for the final year before starting school. In our Early Years and Toddlers departments there are an interactive whiteboards. These give the children the opportunity to absorb information in multiple formats and is a great multi-sensory approach to learning. Visual learning helps to increase retention and synthesis of information. Children are given the chance to experiment spontaneously, expressing their imagination with the different interactive activities available. The Early Years children are also given the opportunity to take part in productions enabling you, as proud parents, to see them perform.

Meal Times
Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day. Our catering team produce nutritional, home-cooked food. We take into account different dietary requirements, be it for religious or health reasons

Transition from Nursery to School

By the end of their time in Early Years, the children have gained in self-confidence and maturity, and they are ready for the more formal routine of school. We have established links with the local primary schools and invite the teachers to visit the children in the setting, this enables us to pass on the information and assist children with their transition to school. For those wishing to move up into our Junior School, a transition period is arranged in order for the change from Early Years to Key Stage 1 to be as seamless as possible. Please see our Junior School page for more details.