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Albury Seedlings

From September 2015, Albury School have offered flexible pre-school places for 2 year old children.  Children may join Albury Seedlings at the start of the school term after they turn 2. Parents have the option of any combination of morning sessions 9:00 – 12:00, lunch 12:00 – 1:00 (hot school lunches can be provided on request) and afternoon sessions 1:00 – 3:00. We can also provide nap facilities after lunch if required. There is an on site after school club which runs until 6:3pm. Our Seedlings group use and explore the EYFS learning environments, including our sensory garden, mud kitchen, play loft, book corner, soft play area, painting, sand and water area, writing house and vegetable garden.

The Seedlings key person is Mrs Badman, who is a very experienced Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Mrs Badman works closely with Miss Hodge, who is a Specialist Leader of Education for Early Years and an Early Years Teacher with 16 years experience. Our Seedlings children have a maximum 1:4 adult to child ratio and work alongside our small Nursery and Reception group of 7 children. We have found that this mixed age, family style environment allows us to develop children’s emerging interests and provide a warm and nurturing environment for our youngest learners.

All three and four year olds, and some two year olds are currently entitled to 15 hours a week free early education. This is due to rise to 30 hours a week from September 2017. ( Check your eligibility.) Albury School is registered to accept funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds for free early education. Non funded sessions are charged at £4.50 per hour. All sessions must be pre-booked and paid for, (if applicable), on a termly basis in advance. Spaces can be limited and we allocate sessions on a’ first come, first served’ basis.

If you would like an Albury Seedlings place for your child, please complete the admissions form and return it to the school office as soon as possible.

Useful documents for parents:

NHS Birth to 5 years interactive development timeline

NHS Choices: How can I help my child make friends? (12 to 30 months)

Find out what help and advice your local Children’s Centre can offer you

There are some really useful resources on the Surrey County Council website:

Talk with me leaflets – tips for parents of 0-5s

Read with me leaflets – tips for parents of 0-5s

Write with me leaflets – tips for parents of 0-5s

Count with me leaflets – tips for parents of 0-5s

Move with me leaflets – physical development tips for parents of 0-5s

Talking Time activity cards